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 Add-AZureAccount Register-AzureProvider -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Automation Register-AzureProviderFeature -FeatureName dsc -ProviderNamespace Microsoft.Automation
You can also download the script on TechNet Gallery