PowerShell Desired State Configuration How-To for Beginners

In this video, I cover only a few very basic PowerShell Desired State Configuration Manager (DSC) concepts.

  1. The terminology
  2. How to create a Local Configuration Manager (LCM) configuration
  3. How to push the LCM configuration to the target node
  4. How to create a basic DSC configuration to maintain the MSExchangeTransport service in a running state.
  5. How to push the DSC configuration to the target.
  6. How to detect and correct drift from the desired configuration state.

Using the Push model of DSC is good for organizations that don’t have access to server resources to install the DSC feature on a server. It’s also good for administrators that don’t have access to enterprise management tools such as the use of Group Policy or SCCM among many others.

The next video will cover standing up a DSC Pull Server and making the process a little more dynamic.