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  1. Bug? Invoke-DscResource and PsDscRunAsCredential in WMF5

    Hi Powershell Team,

    When I try to invoke the get method for a custom DSC resource using PsDscRunAsCredential, I get an error. This does not happen with either the set or test methods.

    The same custom resource works fine in a normal configuration though. I'm not sure if that's because the get method is not called there.

    Setup:
    Windows Server 2012 R2
    WMF5 RTM

    PS C:\Users\username> Invoke-DscResource -Name cWhoAmI -Method get -ModuleName cWhoAmI -Property $props -Verbose
    Invoke-DscResource : The PowerShell DSC resource returned results in a format that is not valid. The results from
    running Get-TargetResource should be in a…

    1 vote
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    1 comment  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    investigating  ·  Mark Gray responded

    Thanks for the feedback Antonio! We will look into this and create a bug when we reproduce the issue. If we need more information we will request it from you here.

    Regards,

    MarkG

  2. Allow LCM to accomodate module dependencies that get installed by earlier steps in the configuration

    Currently, if you have a configuration that installs a Windows feature then has another step that configures settings using a module that gets installed with that particular feature, the LCM fails its check because that module is not currently present on the node.

    For example, we have a configuration that installs the Web-Server role. There are later steps which use the xWebAdministration resource to configure things like Application Pools and Application Pool defaults. The problem is, when the LCM pulls the configuration and runs it's checks, it fails because the xWebAdministration resource uses cmdlets that are present in the WebAdministration…

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    2 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    investigating  ·  Mark Gray responded

    Thanks for the feedback! This behavior is not by design and is not something I have ever seen before. We will look into it and get back with an answer or more questions.

  3. Fix the remotedesktop module

    It seems that the RemoteDesktop module for RDS isn't working correctly. When trying to configure constrained endpoints in powershell it seems nearly impossible to restrict the session to only use the RemoteDesktop-module. It appears as if the modules isn't loading in a constrained endpoint due do the use of aliases in the modules.

    https://powershell.org/forums/topic/creating-jea-endpoint-for-remote-desktop-services/

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  4. Allow "Invalid" keys in module manifests

    Just ... STOP worrying about keys that you don't care about.

    That way, 10 years from now, when all the old versions are gone, you'll finally be able to add keys to the manifest instead of stuffing more and more things into the module's PrivateData

    6 votes
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  5. Allow for publishing Profile Paths with Spaces

    when using publish module if a user has a space in their profile it fails to publish the module:
    PS C:> Publish-Module -Tags Twitter -Name Posh-Tweet -NuGetApiKey xxxxxxxx-xxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxx -Verbose
    VERBOSE: The specified assembly 'C:\Users\Carlos Perez\AppData\Local\PackageManagement\ProviderAssemblies\nuget-anycpu.exe' is installed at top level directory. However it is recommended that the assemblies should be installed under its ProviderName\Version folder.
    VERBOSE: Skipping previously processed provider 'NuGet'.
    VERBOSE: Repository details, Name = 'PSGallery', Location = 'https://www.powershellgallery.com/api/v2/'; IsTrusted = 'False'; IsRegistered = 'True'.
    VERBOSE: Repository details, Name = 'PSGallery', Location = 'https://www.powershellgallery.com/api/v2/'; IsTrusted = 'False'; IsRegistered = 'True'.
    VERBOSE: Publish Location:'https://www.powershellgallery.com/api/v2/package/'. …

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  6. Empty pipeline input has single $null item on slow ring build

    I noticed this a few fast ring builds ago and now see it on the slow ring build #14295. For functions that declare at least one parameter and are marked [CmdletBinding()], $input.count is 1 even when no input is sent either on the pipeline or via param. The one element is $null. So if you had code that checks to see if input is from the pipeline using something like if($input.count) and expect 0 to mean no pipeline input is present, that breaks. Here is an example function:

    function my-test {

    [CmdletBinding()]
    
    param(
    [String]$blah
    )

    write-host $input.count

    }

    Calling my-test…

    2 votes
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  7. Publish-Script - Allow the use of RequiredModules [Bug]

    currently it is not possible to specify RequiredModules for a script published to a repository.
    This is awkward as it is quite likely for simple scripts to have a dependency on a module.

    The goal would be for the module to be installed automatically during install-Script; using the same logic and conditions as the a REQUIREDSCRIPT
    1) Interestingly there appears to be (partial) logic to test for RequiredModules, however this always fails as a .Name addtibute of the module cannot be found.
    and the syntax used in modules :
    .RequiredModules @{ModuleName = 'foo'; GUID = '1234565-2784-48bf-af15-70ba837a64d0'; ModuleVersion = '3.5'; } …

    2 votes
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  8. Add a favicon to the gallery

    The poor PS gallery tab and bookmark look so sad and grey... :,-(

    https://imgur.com/GwfMpzd

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  9. Get-NetFirewallRule help page parameters section correction

    Description of the parameter claims, wildcards are accepted, but the "Accept wildcard character?" value is false. Running
    get-netfirewallrule -description *
    results in the retrieval of a portion of the firewall rules retrieved without the parameter (535/556 when I ran it). I suggest editing the help file, as well as checking why the parameter discludes a portion of the firewall rules.
    -Description <String[]>

        Specifies that matching firewall rules of the indicated description are retrieved. Wildcard characters are
    
    accepted.

    This parameter provides information about the firewall rule. This parameter specifies the localized,
    user-facing description of the IPsec rule.

    Required? false
    Position? named …

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  10. DSC File Resource Recurse directory description is wrong

    The documentation for the DSC File Resource states that the Recurse is a) only valid for directories and b) only for sub-directories. This would imply that any files in a SourcePath would be copied. However, they are not. $Recurse has to be $true to pull files. If not, it just makes sure the directory exists.

    However, this requires that I have the whole recursive directory kept on my sourcepath as well vs. just a few files.

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    0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. BUG: WMF 5.0 RTM PSSession management throws WERFault exception

    v5.0.10586.122

    Connecting to an existing PSSession sometimes throws an exception error in the PS host. Using a script developed in WMF 4 to handle and re-use sessions now causes exceptions. I suspect something has changed in how WMF 5 handles sessions but I can't seem to get to the bottom of it.

    Fault bucket 125744894502, type 5
    Event Name: PowerShell
    Response: Not available
    Cab Id: 0

    Problem signature:
    P1: PowerShell_ISE.exe
    P2: 10.0.10586.122
    P3: System.ObjectDisposedException
    P4: System.ObjectDisposedException
    P5: SessionTransportManager+WSManAPIDataCommon.Dispose
    P6: Runtime.InteropServices.SafeHandle.DangerousAddRef
    P7: unknown
    P8:
    P9:
    P10:

    Attached files:
    C:\Users&lt;home>\AppData\Local\Temp\WERB13.tmp.WERInternalMetadata.xml

    These files may be available here:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\CriticalPowerShellISE.ea2d14b4791b93fd183c2c1c6aadb549cfe61527700000000_1ad123ac

    Analysis…

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  12. install-package policy execution

    To install packages with package manager it's necessary to set the execution policy. It's not said in the API, and I think is not trivial for someone who is learning poershell. In fact if you don't set the policy, you can install packages, there is not error neither feedback about it is not being really installed, and when the process finishes you can see the status as installed whe you do get-package <package-name>. It is very confusing

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    2 comments  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is an issue specific to the Chocolatey provider, which we acquired from that team. We will continue to work to get it resolved, but have no solution available at this time.

  13. DSC File Resource - Modify Attributes Without Having to Delete

    File resource does not allow modifications to the target without first having to delete the target.

    Example:
    File HiddenFiles {

    DestinationPath = &quot;C:\Deploy\HiddenFile.txt&quot;
    
    Contents = &quot;HiddenFile Contents&quot;
    Attributes = &quot;ReadOnly&quot;,&quot;Hidden&quot;,&quot;System&quot;
    Ensure = &quot;Present&quot;

    }

    This should change the file attributes but it doesn't unless the file is manually deleted

    File resource does not allow modifications to the target without first having to delete the target.

    Example:
    File HiddenFiles {

    DestinationPath = &quot;C:\Deploy\HiddenFile.txt&quot;
    
    Contents = &quot;HiddenFile Contents&quot;
    Attributes = &quot;ReadOnly&quot;
    Ensure = &quot;Present&quot;

    }

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    investigating  ·  Mark Gray responded

    Josh,

    Thanks for the feedback. The file resource should set the attributes on an existing file. I have not been able to duplicate your issue in Windows 10. If you are still experiencing it, please add more details.

    Thanks,

    MarkG

  14. JEA is not correctly showing VisibleAliases

    Aliases exported from imported module are not shown if role capabilities file contains VisibleAliases="*"
    Module
    <PRE>
    function Test
    {
    [Alias("TestAlias")]
    param()
    Write-Output 1
    }

    Export-ModuleMember -Function Test -Alias TestAlias</PRE>

    Without VisibleAliases set in RoleCapabilites file TestAlias is visible tested with Get-PsSessionCapability cmdlet but if VisibleAliases="*" appears in rolecapabilites file then TestAlias is not imported

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  15. Enable PowerShell module auto-discovery in DSC

    I recently discovered that in my DSC resource I can't call a powershell cmdlet that internally calls into another powershell cmdlet - that fails because DSC doesn’t explicitly import the full powershell module, but only imports specific .psm1 files.

    Note, same (cmdlet calling another cmdlet) works perfectly fine when executed from Powershell cmd prompt. Let's fix it for DSC.

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    0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    investigating  ·  Mark Gray responded

    Thank you for your feedback!

    Based on its current ranking compared to other feedback items and product schedule, work on this item is pending (and will be driven by) further customer input. If you did not open this issue and are also impacted by it, please vote this item up.

    MarkG

  16. Lastest Windows Insider Builds - Collection is read-only

    Attempting to import a module and run a PowerShell script is now resulting in an error about the collection is read-only.

    C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -NoProfile -NoLogo -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "[System.Threading.Thread]::CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = '';[System.Threading.Thread]::CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture = ''; & import-module -name 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\helpers\chocolateyInstaller.psm1'; & 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\helpers\chocolateyScriptRunner.ps1'"

    Results in
    C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\helpers\chocolateyScriptRunner.ps1 : Collection is read-only.

    At line:1 char:210
    + ... ller.psm1'; & 'C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\helpers\chocolateyScriptRunn .
    ..
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [chocolateyScriptRunner.ps1] 
    
    , NotSupportedException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.NotSupportedException,chocolateyScriptR
    unner.ps1

    This is new and unexpected behavior. Here is the issue log for more information: https://github.com/chocolatey/choco/issues/659

    Here is the actual script in question - https://github.com/chocolatey/choco/blob/0.9.9.11/src/chocolatey.resources/helpers/chocolateyScriptRunner.ps1 - it could be that we…

    2 votes
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  17. Officially release more DSC Resources

    We only have around 12 officially released DSC resources. I had expected PowerShell V5 would include more officially supported resources, but it was not to be. Please releae them, preferably via Windows Update.

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    6 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    What would you describe as “official”? We are moving forward with some of the x-named DSC resources in the Gallery, with the intent of removing the x and fully supporting them once they hit a certain level of quality. Is that sufficient?

  18. KB3000850

    KB3000850 is not part of the Azure SQL 2014 image, and takes over an hour to install (often timing out) before DSC Extension can run. When update fails to install, causes DSC to fail as well. Easy to reproduce - configure VM image based on SQL 2014 and install DSC using templates.

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  19. Multiple ConfigurationNames Results In Failure During Pull

    When multiple configurations names are specified in LCM configuration the pull fails get obtain any configuration.

    LCM Config Example

        ConfigurationRepositoryWeb HillIntl-Pull
    
    {
    ServerURL = &quot;<a rel="nofollow noreferrer" href="http://server1:8080/PSDSCPullServer.svc&quot;">http://server1:8080/PSDSCPullServer.svc&quot;</a>;
    AllowUnsecureConnection = $true;
    RegistrationKey = &quot;aaaa333-6c83-4636-a0cb-39b88a968849&quot;;
    ConfigurationNames = @(&#39;BaseConfig&#39;,&#39;WebServer&#39;);
    }

    Resulting errors

    Job {C7312E94-D405-11E5-80B5-00155D086627} :
    Message UpdateMetaConfig is not a valid value for GetActionResponse.
    HResult -2146233087
    StackTrack at System.Management.Automation.Internal.PipelineProcessor.SynchronousExecuteEnumerate(Object input, Hashtable errorResults, Boolean enumerate)
    at System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.LocalPipeline.InvokeHelper()
    at System.Management.Automation.Runspaces.LocalPipeline.InvokeThreadProc()

    Job {C7312E94-D405-11E5-80B5-00155D086627} :
    This event indicates that failure happens when LCM is trying to get the configuration from pull server using download manager NULL. ErrorId is 0x1. ErrorDetail is A generic exception occurred during…

    6 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    investigating  ·  Mark Gray responded

    Thanks for the feedback Daniel. We are looking into the issue and will either get back to you with any follow-up questions or create a bug and fix the issue.

    Thanks for helping make DSC better!!
    MarkG

  20. WMF 5 Update

    I am trying to install "Win8.1AndW2K12R2-KB3134758-x64.msu" onto a Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise, WMF 4.0 .Net4.5 and latest security patches. from March 2016.

    Each time I run the update I get an error saying 'Update is not applicable to this computer'

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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