On Powershell’s Desired State Configuration

I watched at least six hours of training videos covering DSC last night during the election coverage. DSC fascinates me. Originally, I was trying to solve a problem we have at Stark, but at this point, I’m having difficulting not thinking about how/where I can use DSC.

At Stark, we have a few dozen machines performing various functions. More than a few of those machines serve multiple roles depending on the project they’re needed in. Sometimes they’re servers. Sometimes they’re simply connected to a TV to show information from our system. But the number of roles we have for those computers is well defined. The problem comes when we have to transition a machine from one project to another, and, thus, one role to another. Currently, it’s a tedious, time-consuming effort. DSC totally solves that problem. 

Separately, If I were to pursue the idea of running my own business for really reals, I love the idea of not having a domain controller wherein ever machine must be connected to that DC and conform to whatever specification that DC requires. Imagine hiring a contractor who works on multiple jobs and brings his machine… and saying, “Hey… add this DSC configuration to your LCM and you’ll be able to work in our environment just like everyone else.” DSC enables that to happen. No more evil IT guy with this oversized ban hammer. 

It works at home, too. I like to think I’ve gotten pretty good over the years about formatting my computer on a Saturday morning and manually going through “the procedure” to be able to use it again on Monday. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a good ole paving is exactly what the doctor ordered. Do I want to spend the weekend formatting my computer? No. Do I think DSC could largely eliminate that frustration? Certainly. 

I may or may not have even come up with a pet project I can do on the side to bring in the next million George Washingtons. 

Lest I mention that I’m also creating DSC and Docker cocktail… I totes want to write something about my experience with Docker soon, but this DSC post is already longer than anticipated. 

I really just couldn’t go another day without putting something fresh on this blasted website. 

And that’s good enough for me.