In this post we are going to apply the DSC Configuration we uploaded in the last blog post to a Server Node.
Lets check the status of the compilation job
We can see that the status now says complete.
Check the status of the Node we want to apply the configuration too
you will notice that the NodeConfigurationName property is null, this means that there is not a configuration applied to the node.
Lets double check what Configurations we have loaded in Azure Automation DSC that we can apply to this node.
by running the cmdlet $MyAutomationAccount | Get-AzureAutomationDscNodeConfiguration we see that we have two configurations, we are going to use the webserver.IIS and apply it to the DemoDSC Node by running:
$WebNode = $MyAutomationAccount | Set-AzureAutomationDscNode -NodeConfigurationName “webserver.IIS” -id “024b8929-f98b-11e4-80bb-000d3a9096e9”
the ID parameter on the Set-AzureAutomationDscNode command is the ID of the Node as you can see in the above image the demodsc node now has a configuration and the ID property matches the ID I entered in the cmdlet.
below you can see that initially we had the base 14 Windows Features installed, I forced the configuration to apply by running the Update-DSCConfiguration -wait -verbose cmdlet, if i would not have run this command the configuration would have applied the next time the DSC client checked in to Azure Automation DSC. After the DSC Configuration was applied 27 windows Features were installed.
In the past few blog post I have shown you how to get started with Azure Automation DSC, in the first blog post I coved how to Enable Azure Automation Preview and in the second how to Register Servers to Azure Automation DSC. In this blog post I am going to go over how we can upload a DSC configuration to Azure Automation DSC.
First we will need a Configuration, there are a few public repositories the most popular two are on Github and Powershellgallery. for my example we are going to use the configuration below.
Name = 'web-server'
Ensure = 'Present'
save the above configuration as webserver.ps1
Upload Configuration to Azure Automation DSC
$myConfig = $MyAutomationAccount | Import-AzureAutomationDscConfiguration -SourcePath 'C:\DSCConfigs\webserver.ps1' -Description "Test WebServer Config" -Published -force
$myConfig = Get-AzureAutomationDSCConfiguration -ResourceGroupName "mms-eus" -AutomationAccountName "MSDNAutomation"
Start Compilation Job
$myCompileJob = $myConfig | Start-AzureAutomationDscCompilationJob
Check Status of Compilation Job
$myCompileJob | Get-AzureAutomationDscCompilationJob
In the next blog post I will show you how to link the configuration to a Node.
In the previous blog post I showed you how to enable Azure Automation DSC Preview, now lets take a look at how we can register existing on premise servers to Azure Automation DSC.
First we need to export meta configurations from Azure.
Switch-AzureMode -Name AzureResourceManager
Select-AzureSubscription -SubscriptionName "<Subscription Name>"
$ResourceGroup = Get-AzureResourceGroup -Name "<Resource Group Name>"
$MyAutomationAccount = $ResourceGroup | Get-AzureAutomationAccount -Name "<AccountName>"
$MyAutomationAccount | Get-AzureAutomationDscOnboardingMetaconfig -OutputFolder C:\temp\ -Force ##Make sure the direcory exist already
Now we can move the DscMetaConfigs directory that was downloaded in the previous script, to a network share or a local machine.
This single command needs to be run on the local server that you want to register to Azure Automation DSC to set the local DSC Configuration to use Azure Automation as the Pull Server.
I installed the latest PowerShell v5 update on my test machine to get this next command to work, you can download it here.
Set-DscLocalConfigurationManager -Path "<Path>\DscMetaConfigs" -Verbose
as you can see below I now have one node registered with Azure Automation DSC
If you are registering a new Azure VM with Azure Automation DSC the process can be done at build time of the VM.
This week at Microsoft Ignite the Azure Automation team provided a lot of guidance on what next version of Desired State Configuration will look like. They also announced that the Preview can be used now, you have to enable it via PowerShell. I would recommend watching the Heterogeneous Configuration Management Using Microsoft Azure Automation session for all the details straight from Microsoft.
Here are a few notable highlights:
· Currently management of Azure Automation DSC is 100% PowerShell based, within the next few months the UI should be added to your Azure portal.
· Pricing will be announced later this year.
· Don’t use this in production, it is a preview.
Now let’s get Azure Automation setup in your environment so you can start testing it.
You will need the Azure PowerShell Module version 0.9.1
Switch-AzureMode -Name AzureResourceManager
Register-AzureProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Automation
Register-AzureProviderFeature -FeatureName dsc -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Automation
You can also download the script on TechNet Gallery