DSC Configuration Wizard

The DSC Configuration Wizard is a web-based wizard to create DSC configurations without the need to code.

To use the Configuration Wizard click on Create a new Config in your overview:

You can also access the Configuration Wizard in your general console overview via Start creating!:

You will see the overview below with the possible actions to use. By default, it will always show the information of the Configuration Settings.

Configuration settings #

This is the main window where the name of the configuration, the description and the tags are configured. You can also choose to add resources and group policy settings. In the lower window, you can find a list of configured items.

Summary #

The summary shows information about the used modules, how many resources were configured and the number of parameters. The details view shows the configured resources and parameters in detail.

The summary view is empty until you have added configuration settings.

Versions #

The version tab shows a history of the created configurations. You can download each version as “ps1” for documentation purposes or to use the configuration without a backend.

The first version of a configuration always starts with “0.1.0” and every additional configuration is versioned in increments of 0.0.1.

The versions tab shows the version of a configuration after it is saved for the first time. Until that it is empty.

Save #

Saves the created configuration.

You can add a description that will be shown in the versions tab. The first version of a configuration is always set active, all other versions need to be explicitly set active in order to be applied to configuration groups with the version Latest assigned.

Click on Save to create the configuration.

By clicking on Save, a Docker container is started in the backend that loads all necessary modules and creates the configuration. This process takes a few minutes until the resulting configuration is assignable and downloadable.

Create configurations #

You now need to insert a name for the configuration. Add a description and tags to the configuration.

In the next step, you have the option to add configuration items from Add Resources or from Use Group Policies.

Add resources #

Choose the Add Resources button to open the Resources Wizard:

Choose from one of the existing modules.

if you are missing a module simply download it from the PSGallery and add it via the Modules area. It should be available shortly after the upload.

In the next step choose the version of the module.

You can upload the same module with different versions. All available versions can be selected.

Then choose a resource and choose and insert the mandatory values besides all the others you might want to configure.

Click save to add the resource to your configuration.

Use group policies #

Another method to add configuration items is the Group Policy Wizard. You can choose settings from Group Policies to create your configuration.

Choose the Use Group Policies button to open the Group Policy Wizard.

In the next step configure the group policy setting.

Do this for all settings you want to integrate. You can check the already configured items in the Summary tab. Details can be shown by clicking on the Show Configured Parameters link.

Click on close to finish editing group policy settings. You should now see your configured settings in Configuration Settings.

Save the settings again by specifying a short description.

The configuration will be available after a few minutes.

Edit DSC resources #

To edit a configuration you can simply click on the gear icon in the Configurations overview.

Here you can edit all configured parameters inline without the need to dive deeper with the edit button on the resource.

If you want to edit additional parameters from a resource you still have to click on edit and then add additional parameters.

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