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

You can also download the script on TechNet Gallery

The installer for the Orchestrator Integration Toolkit R2 checks the registry for the version of WiX while checking for prerequisites,  It is expecting to find the exact version of 3.5. WiX has recently been updated to support Visual Studio 2013 and other fixes you can find the details here.

This is the error you will get if you don’t have WiX installed or if you have any other version than version 3.5

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