Getting Started with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Are you keeping up with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)? It's one of the fastest-moving technologies today. But more than that, it literally transforms how IT Implementers deploy and manage on-premises resources and those extended to the cloud for both Windows and Linux environments. Get a solid foundation with this course, and build on it with "Advanced PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Custom Resources," on February 26.

Join Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and inventor of PowerShell, along with Windows PowerShell MVP Jason Helmick, for an in-depth, action-packed, and demo-rich exploration of DSC. Using DSC as your management platform, control the deployment, management, maintenance, and configuration of your environment today and prepare yourself for new scenarios around cloud solutions. Plus, learn to create custom resources for your own apps. The sky's the limit with this hot technology.

(For a PowerShell refresher, check out Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start and Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start.)

Course Outline:

  • Getting Ready for DSC
  • Performing a Push Deployment
  • Configuring Pull Servers for Deployment​
  • Deploying Configurations Using a Pull Server
  • Resource Roundup
  • Writing Better Configurations
  • DSC and Linux
Instructor Team
​Jeffrey Snover | Microsoft Distinguished Engineer | @jsnover

Jeffrey Snover is a Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect for the Windows Server & System Center Division and is the inventor of PowerShell, an object-based distributed automation engine, scripting language, and command-line shell. He is a 14-year veteran of the company with more than 30 years of industry experience as the Divisional Architect for the Management and Services Division, providing technical direction across Microsoft management technologies and product solutions. Jeffrey has served at other major companies as Architect in the office of the CTO, Development Manager, Consulting Engineer, and more. He held eight patents prior to joining Microsoft and has registered 30 patents since. He is a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences on a variety of management and language topics.

Jason Helmick | Pluralsight Author and Evangelist | @theJasonHelmick

Jason Helmick is an author at Pluralsight and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of He's a PowerShell MVP and the author of PowerShell TFM and Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches.

As a 25-year IT veteran, he is a popular speaker at industry conferences. He also teaches PowerShell to IT Pros for automating products, such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and IIS. Jason is also a frequent contributor to magazines, including TechNet, Redmond, and TechTarget.

Live Event Details
February 25, 2015
9am–5pm PST
What: Fast-paced live virtual session
Cost: Free
Audience: IT Pros and Devs interested in making their businesses more agile

Core PowerShell skills