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  1. [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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      investigating  ·  4 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • [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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        investigating  ·  0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • WMF 5.1 breaks class registrations for the ConfigMgr client agent

        I've localized this issue to WMF 5.1 on Windows 7. With this installed, the WMI namespace: root\ccm\policy\defaultmacine\requestedconfig becomes invalid. This is important because in In-Place upgrade scenarios from Windows 7 to Windows 10, the task sequence agent cannot resume the task sequence without being able to read this namespace. I know this is a combination of WMF and ConfigurationManager so I will post there as well.

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          0 comments  ·  WMI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Message Cannot unprotect message. The input contained no encrypted content

          When upgrading to WMF 5.1, we are seeing errors in the DSC event log on servers that use a configuration with encrypted content (passwords). We are using encrypted credentials to create application pools and assign a service account as the identity. The data gets decrypted fine and the app pools get created with the correct identities. However the following error gets logged in the DSC event log every time a consistency check runs:

          Job :
          Message Cannot unprotect message. The input contained no encrypted content. Specify the '-IncludeContext' parameter if you wish to output the original content when no encrypted…

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            investigating  ·  0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Creators update: stop-computer : Privilege not held

            I ran into this one, after I noticed my newly patched workstation was still turned on in the morning even though I had explicitly requested it to shutdown at a certain time. Basically the repro steps are as follows:

            > Open Non-Administrative Shell
            > Stop-Computer
            Output:
            stop-computer : Privilege not held.
            At line:1 char:1
            + stop-computer
            + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
            + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (***:String) [Stop-Computer], ManagementException
            + FullyQualifiedErrorId : StopComputerException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.StopComputerCommand

            Administrative shell works as expected, this specific workstation has never participated in any fast/slow ring builds. Windows version is 15063.138

            Another Windows 10 system, fast ring, that is on build 15063.14…

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              1 comment  ·  PowerShell Engine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              FYI, we’re aware of this problem and are currently investigating it.

              Other threads here that we’re aware of:

              I THINK we understand the problem, but I can’t offer an ETA on a fix right now, unfortunately.

            • Bug: DSC Decryption across Servers not Working

              On 2 Fully Updated Windows Server 2016 Machines running and provisioned from Azure I have created a Pull Server Configuration. I have created the DSC Signing Certificate using a custom template on a Enterprise Root CA which has worked for 2012R2 nodes and also tested using xDSCUtils New-xSelfSignedDscEncryptionCertificate. Using the same Certificate to Compile and Execute the MOF on the same Computer works, it is only if you compile on one and execute on another that the problems arise.
              I kept getting errors when passing in credentials. I therefore wrote a tiny custom DSC Resource that Displays the Password as…

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                investigating  ·  0 comments  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • partial

                Hi all,
                I am using DSC partials to create role-based architectures with Azure virtual machines.
                When switching to Windows 2016 (everything works great on Windows 2012 R2), I get errors when DSC is compiling the MOF.
                The idea is that I have multiple partials that contain the same Windows Feature installation, because it's needed for a certain roles. When I apply more roles on the same machine, the partials need to merge. So I have one partial that contains this:
                WindowsFeature DotNetFrameworkRole1
                {
                Name = 'AS-NET-Framework'
                }
                and another partial that contains this:
                WindowsFeature DotNetFrameworkRole2
                {
                Name = 'AS-NET-Framework'
                } …

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                  investigating  ·  1 comment  ·  Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Find-Module and Install-Module does not get the modules from the custom nuget fileshare repositories though they are registered successfully

                  PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-PSRepository

                  Name InstallationPolicy SourceLocation
                  ---- ------------------ --------------
                  PSGallery Untrusted https://www.powershellgallery.com/api/v2/
                  TestRepo Trusted \\NugetServer\BMNNuGet\packages

                  PS C:\Windows\system32> Find-Module * -Repository TestRepo

                  Version Name Repository Description
                  ------- ---- ---------- -----------
                  1.0.1 cConfigNode TestRepo Provides a way to manipulate nodes of the xml configu...
                  1.3.0 cNtfsAccessControl TestRepo The cNtfsAccessControl module contains DSC resources ...
                  3.2.0 xNetworking TestRepo Module with DSC Resources for Networking area
                  1.0.0 xReleaseManagement TestRepo Host a custom DSC Resource to transform files based o...
                  1.17.0 xWebAdministration TestRepo Module with DSC Resources for Web Administration

                  PS C:\Windows\system32> Find-Module xNetworking -Repository TestRepo
                  PackageManagement\Find-Package : No match was found for the specified…

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                    0 comments  ·  PowerShell Gallery  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Sorry for the long lag in responding to this, all I can say is that we missed it.

                    This problem is not something we’re familiar with. If the problem is still repro’ing, please try re-running your commands with -Verbose, and attach the information to this thread.

                    One additional question that might help us: what version of the NuGet server are you using?

                  • workflow common parameters

                    The WorkflowCommonParameters entry is missing from help for workflows.

                    PowerShell workflows have both common parameters and workflow common parameters.

                    Get-Help help for workflows has an entry in the Parameters section for CommonParameters, but not for WorkflowCommonParameters. It needs both.

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                    • No StdOut output on console until second object

                      Let me explain. I have a script that is collecting data, and I send it to StdOut by simply piping it into Select (but problem also happens if I add a ForEach loop and simply make [PSCustomObject] objects). Then my script loops to the next server. That output is not displaying on the screen. All is not lost though, when the script loops to the second server and displays both the first and second will now display. When the third server finishes it displays OK, as does the 4th.

                      So it looks like it's just the first one. Normally I…

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                      • INPUTS and OUTPUTS section of get-help not displaying properly

                        Problem description
                        --------------------------
                        INPUTS and OUTPUTS section of get-help -Full content shows some unwanted tab and new line characters for almost all cmdlets.

                        For e.g.,

                        get-help content with INPUTS and OUTPUTS section highlighted where extra new line and tab comes for every cmdlet help content.


                        INPUTS
                        PSObject OR array of PSObject OR String OR array of String


                        You can pipe one IP address or a list of IP addresses as Strings, or one PSObject or list of PSObjects having
                        the iLO details such as IP Address, Hostname, Username and Password to access the iLO.


                        OUTPUTS



                        PSObject[] is returned. Use Get-Member…

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                        • Powershell (self) update

                          It would be very helpful if we could update PowerShell to newest version through PS package manager or OS included script - with all dependencies and prerequisites checks.

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                            1 comment  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            This is definitely something we’re thinking about and working towards. The question becomes whether it’s “good enough” to update all the built-in modules (like MS.PS.Utility or MS.PS.Management) via PowerShellGet or if we need to actually update PowerShell itself.

                            As we work on PowerShell Core on GitHub (https://github.com/powershell/powershell) we’re beginning to think about how more engine work might be abstracted into individual modules (which, again, could be updated async from the Gallery).

                            That being said, there also is probably some value in installing PowerShell Core all up via “Install-Package” or “Update-Package”. Given that PS Core is fully side-by-side enabled, you could slap down a new version of PowerShell Core next to the one from which you’re actually running PowerShell Core.

                            At the same time, updating Windows PowerShell (the Windows-only edition of PowerShell that sits on top of the full, .NET Framework) from within Windows PowerShell is significantly trickier…

                          • Custom cmdlet help is broken in 5.0+

                            Custom cmdlet help gets custom help for a provider cmdlet in a provider drive. In 5.0, the provider help, including custom cmdlet help, was missing. It's restored in 5.1, but it's not working.

                            Ugh, I can't post a screenshot.

                            Here's the repro:

                            1) Get-Help Get-ChildItem -Path Cert: -Parameter DnsName
                            [Should succeed; fails]

                            2) cd Cert:
                            PS Cert:\> Get-Help Get-ChildItem -Parameter DnsName
                            [Should succeed; fails]

                            3. #Verify that parameter exists
                            PS Cert:\> (gcm Get-ChildItem).ParameterSets.Parameters | where Name -eq DnsName
                            [succeeds]

                            4. #Verify that content is in help file.
                            PS Cert:\> [xml]$SecHelp = cat $pshome\en-US\Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Security.dll-help.xml

                            PS Cert:\>($SecHelp.helpItems.providerHelp.CmdletHelpPaths.CmdletHelpPath.command | where {$_.details.Name.Trim() -eq 'Get-ChildItem}).Parameters.Parameter…

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                            • Please add Management Framework v4 to the Update Catalog website

                              Management Framework v5 is already available on the Update Catalog website and can be manually imported into a private WSUS instance for distribution (via WSUS or SCCM.) But v5 requires WMF v4 to be installed first.

                              If WMF v4 was available in the Update Catalog then it could be imported into our private WSUS instance - and then we could deploy the WMF v4 as a prereq in the same reliable manner that we will be deploying WMF v5 to enterprise workstations.

                              Please add WMF v4 to the Update Catalog website.

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                              • Help for DocumentEncryptionCert dynamic parameter is missing

                                There is no help content for the Document EncryptionCert dynamic parameter of Get-ChildItem.

                                Because this dynamic parameter is added by the Certificate provider, it should be documented in the <providerHelp>\<cmdletHelpPaths> section of Microsoft.PowerShell.Security.dll-help.xml.

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                                • Help for dynamic parameters of Add-Content is broken

                                  Dynamic parameters of a cmdlet that are added by a provider are documented in the <providerHelp>\<cmdletHelpPaths> element of the help XML file.

                                  The FileSystem provider adds the following parameters to Add-Content:

                                  PS C:\> (Get-Command Add-Content).ParameterSets.Parameters | Where IsDynamic | foreach Name | Sort -Unique
                                  Encoding
                                  NoNewline
                                  Stream

                                  However, the Encoding and Stream parameters are documented in the primary help file, Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.Management.dll-help.xml, so they appear in Get-Help even in provider drives where the parameter is not valid.

                                  PS Function:\> (Get-Help Add-Content -Path function:).Parameters.Parameter | where Name -notin $common | foreach Name | Sort -Unique
                                  Credential
                                  Encoding # <----
                                  Exclude
                                  Filter
                                  Force …

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                                  • Help for FileSystem dynamic parameters of Get-ChildItem are broken

                                    The FileSystem provider adds the following dynamic parameters to Get-ChildItem:

                                    PS C:\> (Get-Command Get-ChildItem).ParameterSets.Parameters | where IsDynamic | foreach Name | Sort -Unique
                                    Attributes
                                    Directory
                                    File
                                    Hidden
                                    ReadOnly
                                    System
                                    But, these are all failing in Get-Help in the file system drives.

                                    PS C:\> $dynam | foreach { if (!(Get-Help Get-ChildItem -Parameter $_ -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)) { $_ } }
                                    Attributes
                                    Directory
                                    File
                                    Hidden
                                    ReadOnly
                                    System

                                    Unlike the related bugs I've filed, I can't find the error in the help file. These parameters are (correctly) not documented in the cmdlet help, and they are correctly documented in the provider help.

                                    PS C:\>…

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                                    • WinRM "concurrent operations" increase to eventual failure

                                      Concurrent operations on an open shell always increase (eg, for each command run) even when the Terminate signal message is sent and (apparently) properly processed after each command. This eventually causes the MaxConcurrentOperationsPerUser quota to be hit, requiring a new shell to be created.

                                      A simple reproduction using pywinrm is available at: https://github.com/diyan/pywinrm/issues/124. I'm guessing there's just something wrong with the way the Terminate signal is being sent by pywinrm, but the server appears to be happy with it.

                                      To run the repro, ensure python and pip are available, create a file with the repro code (and adjust the…

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                                      • WMF5.1(?) Code completion fails to complete a parameter

                                        In the PowerShell console type

                                        Export-ModuleMember -a

                                        and press `Tab` in order to complete the parameter `Alias`.
                                        As a result, nothing happens. Take a look at `$Error`:

                                        PS> $Error
                                        Exception calling "CompleteInput" with "3" argument(s): "Index was out of range. Must be non-negative and less than the size of the collection.
                                        Parameter name: index"
                                        At line:38 char:16
                                        + ... return [System.Management.Automation.CommandCompletion]::Complet ...
                                        + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                        + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
                                        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ArgumentOutOfRangeException

                                        Note that completion of other parameters works.

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                                        • Get-Help should process Alias parameter attribute in MAML help

                                          A parameter definition in the PowerShell MAML file allows an aliases attribute to be defined. However, when executing Get-Help -Full or Get-Help -Parameter, the table the Help Engine displays does not contain the Aliases row. If I remove reference to the ExternalHelp comment tag in a Cmdlet (within a PSM1), Get-Help will display the Aliases row. Comment-based or MAML help will not display the Aliases row.

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