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  1. Automatic Conflict Resolution For Partial Configurations

    The LCM is already able to detect conflicts, with a fairly small change you could make it automatically resolve it.
    In my opinion we should be able to set a priority of each partial configuration in the meta config of the LCM.
    With a priority set and when a conflict is detected, the LCM could look at the priority and choose a winner.

    You could than create a layered approach of partial configs (by different teams) without having to be afraid of running into conflicts.

    This is something I see more people struggling with, which results in solutions like datum…

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    • Import-DSCResource for File, others fails

      When using Import-DSCResource -Name, various OOB resources do not work. Consider 'File' which is a built in resource, the following code will fail.

      Configuration Sample
      {
      Import-DSCResource -Name File

      # This will generate two .mof files, a localhost.mof, and a server02.mof
      Node @('localhost', 'server02')
      {
      File SampleFile
      {
      DestinationPath = 'C:\Temp\temp.txt'
      Contents = 'This is a simple resource to show Configuration functionality on a Node.'
      }
      }
      }

      Sample -OutputPath P:\temp\

      Start-DSCConfiguration P:\temp -computername localhost -wait -verbose

      If you change the resource to Service, it works as expected.

      I'm guessing this is because File is a binary resource under System32\Configuration,…

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      • Find-DSCResource does not find resources.

        Find-DSCResource does not find resources. The wildcarded -Name parameter does not find anything when used, the Filter parameter seems to map Module names only, and even used seems to miss resources.

        To reproduce:

        Find-DSCResource -Name *time* - finds nothing
        Find-DSCResource -Filter time - does not find newer TimeZone resource (only xTimeZone)

        Find-DSCResource -Filter *time* does not find anything.

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        • Reset LCM configuration

          Reset LCM configuration.

          Hi and sorry for my funny English.
          When I configure my LCM, it's impossible to reset state.
          If I want a default configuration, I send a new configuration this default value for all Settings (here, no value, just settings).

          [DscLocalConfigurationManager()]
          Configuration ResetLCM {
          Node MyNode {
          Settings {
          ActionAfterReboot =
          AllowModuleOverwrite =
          CertificateID =
          ConfigurationDownloadManagers =
          ConfigurationID =
          ConfigurationMode =
          ConfigurationModeFrequencyMins =
          DebugMode =
          MaximumDownloadSizeMB =
          RebootNodeIfNeeded =
          RefreshFrequencyMins =
          RefreshMode =
          ReportManagers =
          ResourceModuleManagers =
          SignatureValidations =
          StatusRetentionTimeInDays =
          }}

          I think it's easier to use command.

          For example, there is a reset configuration for DSCConfigurationDocument. …

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          • Test-DscConfiguration returns a String instead of a Boolean value

            Test-DscConfiguration returns a String instead of a Boolean value.

            Contrary to what is mentionned in the documentation, the function Test-DscConfiguration does not return a boolean value.

            When you do a GetType() of the return value of Test-DscConfiguration you get a string with 'true' or 'false'.

            It's impossible to do a simple if (Test-DscConfiguration) because the string 'false' enter inside the if, we are forced to cast the return value of this cmdlet in boolean or to do the comparison with -eq $True, which seems to cast it automatically.

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            • Fix Add-DnsServerResourceRecord TXT Records Limit

              When attempting to add a TXT DNS record via the "Add-DnsServerResourceRecord" command, the DescriptiveText property only accepts strings up to 254 characters but should support up to 255 characters. Ideally the command should accept an array for the DescriptiveText so that multiple lines of up to 255 characters can be passed through. Currently it requires using `r`n to insert a line break but over all must still be under 254 characters. This is an issue as we are trying to implement automation around TXT records and DKIM records tend to be well over this 254 character limit and require multiple…

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              • ¿Pienso?

                Creo, que si los Hispano-Hablantes, pudiesen tener acceso a los comentarios e ideas que la gente detendrían mas de 1000.000.000, si en números, Por favor empecemos por respetar a todos, no solo los Anglo-Sajones, y la gente de sus colonias (coman GUEL ) lo pongo en Español, por dignidad, Creo (estoy, seguro) que pagan lo mismo.

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                • DSC File resource Encoding Property

                  The file resource really needs an encoding property.

                  Need to have some control over this as it makes the resource unusable in a lot of situations, which is a shame.

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                  • Enable configuration version tracking for compiled DSC configurations

                    As a part of infrastructure as code or using DSC in the deployment pipelines, it is desired that we be able to identify the version of the node configuration. With all configurations being put into a source / version control repository, it won't be difficult to promote the version number for a given configuration document. However, at this point in time, there is no way to specify the version of the configuration document itself anywhere. This makes it hard to determine or identify what version of the configuration is being used on a target node without using a 3rd party…

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                    • At line:4 char:1 + Import-DscResource -ModuleName cNtfsAccessControl + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Could not find the

                      Can you provide solution for this error.
                      I am getting it even after i downloaded NTFS security files.

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                      • MICROSOFT RAILWAY CORPORATION

                        Now at this time called India,Pakistan & Bangladesh whose name was India.Yow know there are a lot of spaces for travelling.Indian Microsoft will be set up, a open independent Railway corp in the Whole India.Its will be a great way for our child,brother,sister,parents & all classes people.If Microsoft will be set up that way,many peoples will be satisfied for the way.& besides the way,many grounds are so many blank to a few year.There will be growing a lots of food & this foods will suppliers the Whole World.Otherwise,there are will be planning many trouthfull industries for our peoples worktivities.Trust,that IDEA…

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                        • dsc Partial configuration - pull server

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                          Im using partial configuration to configure 3 servers. The problem is mof file name. In Microsoft documentation (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/dsc/partialconfigs) says: "If you are pulling more than one partial configuration from a pull server, the configuration document can be named (...) ..mof, where ConfigurationName is the name of the partial configuration, and NodeName is the name of the target node."

                          I'm trying ..mof and it returns the warning "WARNING: [DSC-3]: [] Executing Get-Action on partial configuration 'PreStagging' Failed. Please ensure the parital configuration and its…

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                          • [Bug] DSC configuration allows multiple resource instances with duplicate key values

                            Before PowerShell 5.1, compilation of DSC configurations having resource instances with duplicate keys resulted in a compilation error.

                            However, with 5.1, this seems to have changed.

                            Configuration FileDemo
                            {
                            Import-DscResource -ModuleName PSDesiredStateConfiguration -ModuleVersion 1.1

                            Node Localhost
                            {
                            File TestFile1
                            {
                            DestinationPath = 'C:\Scripts\Test.txt'
                            Contents = ''
                            Type = 'File'
                            }

                            File TestFile2
                            {
                            DestinationPath = 'C:\Scripts\Test.txt'
                            Contents = ''
                            Type = 'File'
                            }
                            }
                            }

                            FileDemo

                            This configuration will compile with no errors.

                            PS C:\> $PSVersionTable

                            Name Value
                            ---- -----
                            PSVersion 5.1.14393.1914
                            PSEdition Desktop
                            PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
                            BuildVersion 10.0.14393.1914
                            CLRVersion 4.0.30319.42000
                            WSManStackVersion 3.0
                            PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.3
                            SerializationVersion 1.1.0.1

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                            • Add support for Conditions on DSC Resources

                              Currently the only way to apply conditions is using the Script resource. However the Script Resource has limitations especially when dealing with Azure credential objects. Conditions would be very useful, similar to what SCCM uses for it's Configuration Items.
                              Syntax would be:
                              Condition = [Boolean PowerShell Expression]

                              Example #1: Apply a Package Resource only for SQL servers
                              Example #2: Apply a WindowsFeature Resource only for IIS servers.

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                              • DSC Archive Resource (unzip) holds zip-file

                                This is more a indirect failure experience. Please bear with me if this is the wrong place: Expanding a zip-file with DSC in an Archive Resource leaves a process holding the zip-file. This gives that the zip-file can not be deleted by the same script or in the same PowerShell session.
                                The error message from Remove-Item on the zip-file is like this: "Remove-Item : Cannot remove item C:\temp\jjdk1.8.0_112-CE.zip: The process cannot access the file 'jdk1.8.0_112-CE.zip' because it is being used by another process.".
                                In issue 240 to Plaster on GitHub (https://github.com/PowerShell/Plaster/issues/240) it is mentioned by Keith Hill (rkeithhill)…

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                                • Disable SSL CRL check on Linux boxes

                                  I tried to follow "How to Script Disabling CRL Checking With Netsh and Powershell" guide: (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/timomta/2013/06/24/how-to-script-disabling-crl-checking-with-netsh-and-powershell/)
                                  However netsh is not available on Powershell 6.0.0-alpha Linux version. Could you provide me an alternative?

                                  Regards,

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                                  PS /root> $PSVersionTable

                                  Name Value
                                  ---- -----
                                  PSVersion 6.0.0-alpha
                                  PSEdition Core
                                  PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
                                  BuildVersion 3.0.0.0
                                  GitCommitId v6.0.0-alpha.14
                                  CLRVersion
                                  WSManStackVersion 3.0
                                  PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.3
                                  SerializationVersion 1.1.0.1

                                  PS /root> netsh netsh : The term 'netsh' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling
                                  of the name, or if a path was included, verify that…

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                                  • [BUG] Cannot import both PSDesiredStateConfiguration in-box module and PSDscResources (gallery module) in the same configuration

                                    OS: Windows Server 2016 1607 (14393.1593)
                                    PSVersionTable:
                                    Name Value
                                    ---- -----
                                    PSVersion 5.1.14393.1532
                                    PSEdition Desktop
                                    PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
                                    BuildVersion 10.0.14393.1532
                                    CLRVersion 4.0.30319.42000
                                    WSManStackVersion 3.0
                                    PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.3
                                    SerializationVersion 1.1.0.1

                                    PSDscResource module: v2.8.0.0

                                    Take a look at this configuration:
                                    Configuration DependentConfig
                                    {
                                    Import-DscResource -ModuleName PSDscResources -Name Registry

                                    Node MyNode01
                                    {

                                    File SetupScript
                                    {
                                    DestinationPath = 'C:\Scripts\hello.txt'
                                    Contents = 'somecommand'
                                    Type = 'File'
                                    Ensure = 'Present'
                                    DependsOn = '[Registry]regCheck'
                                    }

                                    Registry regCheck
                                    {
                                    Key = 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\SomeKey'
                                    ValueName = 'SomeValue'
                                    ValueData = 0
                                    ValueType = 'DWord'
                                    Ensure = 'Present'
                                    }
                                    }
                                    }

                                    DependentConfig -OutputPath C:\DependentConfig

                                    This requires PSDscResources module version 2.8.0.0 from…

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                                    • Position of PowerShell window appears behind Windows taskbar when taskbar is at top

                                      Dynamically detecting the taskbar position, and dynamically modifying the starting position of the powershell window when opening powershell might be a good solution. I am on Windows 10 with three monitors. The taskbar is locked, not automatically hidden, taskbar is only shown on main display.

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                                      • Double DependsOn in mof when using foreach loops

                                        When using a foreach loop to create a set of resources and trying to set the previous item key as the dependsOn resource, it adds it twice in the mof file.

                                        Configuration example:
                                        configuration Test-DependsOnWithLoop {
                                        param([string[]]$Directories)
                                        Import-DscResource -ModuleName PSDesiredStateConfiguration
                                        node localhost {
                                        $dependsOn = $null
                                        $dirs.ForEach({
                                        $res = $_ -replace '\\|:', '_'
                                        File $res {
                                        Ensure = 'Present'
                                        DestinationPath = $_
                                        DependsOn = $dependsOn
                                        Type = 'Directory'
                                        }
                                        $dependsOn = "[File]$res"
                                        })
                                        }
                                        }

                                        $dirs = 1..10 | % { "C:\Temp\_$_" }
                                        Test-DependsOnWithLoop -Directories $dirs

                                        And if you look at the localhost.mof you'll see:
                                        DependsOn = { "[File]C__Temp__1", "[File]C__Temp__1"};

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                                        • Composite DSC Resources DependOn Bug?

                                          Composite Resources DependsOn Bug?

                                          Bumped into this URL and it seems I'm experiencing the same issue with composite resources DependsOn:

                                          https://powershell.org/forums/topic/composite-resource-dependson-bug/

                                          > $psversiontable

                                          Name Value
                                          ---- -----
                                          PSVersion 5.1.15063.502
                                          PSEdition Desktop
                                          PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
                                          BuildVersion 10.0.15063.502
                                          CLRVersion 4.0.30319.42000
                                          WSManStackVersion 3.0
                                          PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.3
                                          SerializationVersion 1.1.0.1

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