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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • ¿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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                  I have a big issue that I cant solve, need help!

                  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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                    0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • [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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                                  • [BUG] Configuration enact fails when resource instances of same type have different PSDscRunAsCredentials

                                    Take a look at the following configuration:
                                    $configurationData =
                                    @{
                                    AllNodes =
                                    @(
                                    @{
                                    NodeName = 'S16-01'
                                    PsDscAllowPlainTextPassword = $true
                                    PSDscAllowDomainUser = $true
                                    }
                                    )
                                    }

                                    Configuration DSCRunDemo
                                    {
                                    param (
                                    [pscredential] $Credential
                                    )
                                    Import-DscResource -ModuleName PSDesiredStateConfiguration

                                    Node $AllNodes.NodeName
                                    {
                                    Script DSCRunDemo1
                                    {
                                    SetScript =
                                    {
                                    Write-Verbose -Message $(whoami)
                                    }
                                    TestScript =
                                    {
                                    return $false
                                    }
                                    GetScript =
                                    {
                                    return @{}
                                    }
                                    PsDscRunAsCredential = $Credential
                                    }

                                    Script DSCRunDemo2
                                    {
                                    SetScript =
                                    {
                                    Write-Verbose -Message $(whoami)
                                    }
                                    TestScript =
                                    {
                                    return $false
                                    }
                                    GetScript =
                                    {
                                    return @{}
                                    }
                                    }
                                    }
                                    }

                                    DSCRunDemo -ConfigurationData $configurationData -Credential (Get-Credential)

                                    One instance of the…

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                                    • BUG: GetMetaConfiguration should validate property values against allowed values of MSFT_DSCMetaConfiguration CIM Properties

                                      Once a node meta configuration is enacted, it is easy for an administrator or process (with malicious intent) to modify the MetaConfig.mof file in C:\Windows\System32\Configuration directory. The GetMetaConfiguration method in MSFT_DscMetaConfiguration class does not validate the property values against the allowed values of the CIM properties.

                                      Steps to reproduce this behavior:
                                      - Enact a simple meta configuration and enact it.
                                      - Open the MetaConfig.MOF file in your favorite editor and change the value of ConfigurationMode to some random text.
                                      - Save the file and close it.
                                      - Run Get-DscLocalConfigurationManager.
                                      - You will see the random value assigned to ConfigurationMode in…

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                                        In Queue  ·  Mark Gray responded

                                        Ravikanth,

                                        We have validated this issue and created two bugs for it.

                                        1. We will validate the MOF when it is passed in as part of our API (i.e. Set-DscLocalConfigurationManager) and error if the values are not valid.
                                        2. We will write a warning when Get-DscLocalConfigurationManager reads a MOF that has invalid values and at LCM startup. The resultant behavior will behave like it does today where invalid values will be read as the default value by the LCM.

                                        Please let us know if this meets your expectations.

                                        Regards,

                                        MarkG

                                      • Bug comparing identical DSC resources with complex properties

                                        I have system modules that are deployed in nodes according to the configuration data file (psd1). For example, one node can have three modules, or there may be three nodes each one with a module.
                                        All modules have a common configuration, so I put this configuration in a separate composite resource. Then, if there are more than one module in a node, the resulting configuration will have duplicate resources.
                                        The problem occur when one of these duplicate resources have some complex property. Here is a simplified version of my configuration:

                                        Configuration BaseWebConfiguration
                                        {
                                        Import-DscResource -ModuleName xWebAdministration

                                        xWebsite DefaultSite
                                        {
                                        Ensure…

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                                        • Type restrictions when rendering a property as a string in a MOF-file

                                          Dear,

                                          As we use Powershell V5 Classes extensively, we create instances of a class and add them to a Hashtable.

                                          This hashtable is assigned to an member of a DSC Resource. When creating the .MOF file, I receive an System.ArgumentException on the DSC resource "PSDesiredStateConfiguration.psm1"

                                          -> Only certain basic-types are allowed to be serialized to MOF-file :
                                          $elementsAsStrings = foreach ($p in $Value.GetEnumerator())
                                          {
                                          if($p.Value -isnot [string] -and
                                          $p.Value -isnot [char] -and
                                          $p.Value -isnot [int64] -and
                                          $p.Value -isnot [uint64] -and
                                          $p.Value -isnot [double] -and
                                          $p.Value -isnot [bool] -and
                                          $p.Value -isnot [datetime] -and
                                          $p.Value -isnot [ScriptBlock])
                                          {
                                          $errorMessage = $LocalizedData.HashtableElementTypeNotAllowed -f…

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