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

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We can see that the status now says complete.

Check the status of the Node we want to apply the configuration too

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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.

save the above configuration as  webserver.ps1

Upload Configuration to Azure Automation DSC

Start Compilation Job

Check Status of Compilation Job

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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.

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.

as you can see below I now have one node registered with Azure Automation DSC

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If you are registering a new Azure VM with Azure Automation DSC the process can be done at build time of the VM.

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