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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 really wanted to play with the Azure Stack, but as a Cloud automation consultant, I don’t have access to a lot of hardware. Most of what I deal with is already in the Cloud, so how do you run one? Moreover, the hardware requirements are high, because the technical preview is only installable on a single host, colocating all its components for now.

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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?

The idea behind this post has been started with a pertinent note from Steve Murawski during #DSCCamp, and ensuing discussions: The preference of an Iterative process against Incremental, and why the difference is important.

As LaoZi said, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step“, whether it’s about knowledge, career, project, or this blog…

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