Chef + Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)


#1

Hi folks,

since Windows Server 2012 R2 is RTM and downloadable since yesterday i
would like to ask about the availability of the Chef + Windows PowerShell
DSC integration.

Microsoft has taken a HUGE step forward with R2 + Powershell DSC. Now there
is a native way for configure and instrument Windows Servers and
Applications.

This is the first time in years I have been truly excited by Microsoft.

In the video from Opscode and Microsoft at TechEd 2013 (
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/MDC-B302) the
"dsc_configuration_script" - resource is shown to work with DSC.

We would like to install all of our new Windows Servers with WS2012 R2
(RTM) because of PowerShell DSC.

Is the “dsc_configuration_script” resource/provider/lwrp anywhere available
in a public repo ?

I would really like to test, give feedback and contribute to the PowerShell
DSC integration. I hope there is a way.


Bjoern


#2

Hello Bjoern – it’s great to hear about your interest in the powershell /
dsc integration. The lwrp we used for the TechEd demos was based on a very
early build of dsc, so I doubt it will work on the final RTM build. We’re
getting started on making it work with the RTM build, and when we do that
it will definitely be in a public repository.

Bjoern, can you give some example use cases for how you’d like to use the
lwrp? This will be helpful for us to make sure we have our bases covered.

Thanks.

-Adam

From: bjunity@gmail.com [mailto:bjunity@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:47 PM
To: chef@lists.opscode.com
Subject: [chef] Chef + Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration
(DSC)

Hi folks,

since Windows Server 2012 R2 is RTM and downloadable since yesterday i
would like to ask about the availability of the Chef + Windows PowerShell
DSC integration.

Microsoft has taken a HUGE step forward with R2 + Powershell DSC. Now there
is a native way for configure and instrument Windows Servers and
Applications.

This is the first time in years I have been truly excited by Microsoft.

In the video from Opscode and Microsoft at TechEd 2013 (
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/MDC-B302) the
"dsc_configuration_script" - resource is shown to work with DSC.

We would like to install all of our new Windows Servers with WS2012 R2
(RTM) because of PowerShell DSC.

Is the “dsc_configuration_script” resource/provider/lwrp anywhere available
in a public repo ?

I would really like to test, give feedback and contribute to the PowerShell
DSC integration. I hope there is a way.

Bjoern


#3

Hi Adam,

our use cases include installing IIS 8 (with all dependencies) and SQL
Server 2012.

We would like to configure anything in IIS (Add SSL-Cert, binding, pools,
vdir, etc.).

Best Regards,
Bjoern

2013/9/12 Adam Edwards adamed@opscode.com

Hello Bjoern – it’s great to hear about your interest in the powershell /
dsc integration. The lwrp we used for the TechEd demos was based on a very
early build of dsc, so I doubt it will work on the final RTM build. We’re
getting started on making it work with the RTM build, and when we do that
it will definitely be in a public repository.

Bjoern, can you give some example use cases for how you’d like to use the
lwrp? This will be helpful for us to make sure we have our bases covered.

Thanks.

-Adam

From: bjunity@gmail.com [mailto:bjunity@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:47 PM
To: chef@lists.opscode.com
Subject: [chef] Chef + Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration
(DSC)

Hi folks,

since Windows Server 2012 R2 is RTM and downloadable since yesterday i
would like to ask about the availability of the Chef + Windows PowerShell
DSC integration.

Microsoft has taken a HUGE step forward with R2 + Powershell DSC. Now
there is a native way for configure and instrument Windows Servers and
Applications.

This is the first time in years I have been truly excited by Microsoft.

In the video from Opscode and Microsoft at TechEd 2013 (
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/MDC-B302) the
"dsc_configuration_script" - resource is shown to work with DSC.

We would like to install all of our new Windows Servers with WS2012 R2
(RTM) because of PowerShell DSC.

Is the “dsc_configuration_script” resource/provider/lwrp anywhere
available in a public repo ?

I would really like to test, give feedback and contribute to the
PowerShell DSC integration. I hope there is a way.

Bjoern


#4

We also might be interested in a DSC LWRP.

Currently, we are using the windows cookbook to:

  • Manage installed roles
  • Manage installed packages
  • Manage scheduled tasks

We are also using the IIS cookbook to manage sites, pools, vdirs and custom
config snippets + inhouse recipes for certificate management.

There is also some amount of idempotent powershell blocks defined for stuff
like configuring ADFS servers.

regards,
Sölvi

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM, bjunity@gmail.com bjunity@gmail.comwrote:

Hi Adam,

our use cases include installing IIS 8 (with all dependencies) and SQL
Server 2012.

We would like to configure anything in IIS (Add SSL-Cert, binding, pools,
vdir, etc.).

Best Regards,
Bjoern

2013/9/12 Adam Edwards adamed@opscode.com

Hello Bjoern – it’s great to hear about your interest in the powershell /
dsc integration. The lwrp we used for the TechEd demos was based on a very
early build of dsc, so I doubt it will work on the final RTM build. We’re
getting started on making it work with the RTM build, and when we do that
it will definitely be in a public repository.

Bjoern, can you give some example use cases for how you’d like to use the
lwrp? This will be helpful for us to make sure we have our bases covered.

Thanks.

-Adam

From: bjunity@gmail.com [mailto:bjunity@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 10:47 PM
To: chef@lists.opscode.com
Subject: [chef] Chef + Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration
(DSC)

Hi folks,

since Windows Server 2012 R2 is RTM and downloadable since yesterday i
would like to ask about the availability of the Chef + Windows PowerShell
DSC integration.

Microsoft has taken a HUGE step forward with R2 + Powershell DSC. Now
there is a native way for configure and instrument Windows Servers and
Applications.

This is the first time in years I have been truly excited by Microsoft.

In the video from Opscode and Microsoft at TechEd 2013 (
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/MDC-B302) the
"dsc_configuration_script" - resource is shown to work with DSC.

We would like to install all of our new Windows Servers with WS2012 R2
(RTM) because of PowerShell DSC.

Is the “dsc_configuration_script” resource/provider/lwrp anywhere
available in a public repo ?

I would really like to test, give feedback and contribute to the
PowerShell DSC integration. I hope there is a way.

Bjoern