As I was (and still am) working on a post to explain What’s happening to DSC, I found it was necessary to explain the context around it, or at least my interpretation of it.

This is from a traditional IT Infrastructure point of view, so only looking at what would a traditional IT Pro see within Microsoft’s offerings, communication and especially in the PowerShell ecosystem.

It’s meant to help understanding the changes in products (especially DSC), and the impact it may have on your day to day job, by looking back at what happened in recent years.

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This is the first article in a series that aim to explore one way of getting started with DSC Development, covering tools and workflow.

In very short and abstract, the life cycle of a Windows Server could look like:

  • Deployment (aka OSD)
  • Configuration
  • Maintenance
  • Decommission

This series aims to focus at the Configuration part, mainly in its development phase, but also covers the basics of creating windows Image for experimentation purposes. The idea is to get started experimenting quickly, but I would not use this approach of Image creation for something that needs to be maintained.

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I wanted write down somewhere what technical books I’ve read, or I want to read in future.

Here’s my list, please comment to suggest some more! A couple of them haven’t been released yet, but I want to grab them either when they’re released, or through MEAP.

Adding a few suggested by BenH following DSCCamp:

That’s all I have in mind at the moment, but my books are all stacked in a corner of the leaving room, waiting for the bookshelf to be built…

What do you think, anything worth adding?