PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Marc Sutter



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Version information

  • 0.1.1 (latest)
  • 0.1.0
released Sep 19th 2014
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 3.x
  • Puppet 3.x
  • windows

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msutter/dsc — version 0.1.1 Sep 19th 2014

Puppet Powershell DSC Module


Puppet module for managing Windows poweshell DSC resources.

This module generates Puppet Types based on DSC resources MOF schema files.

In this version, the following DSC Resources are already build and ready for usage:

Note that I use a fixed version of the Resource Kit 6 to avoid parsing issues.

This module is available on the Puppet Forge

Windows systems prerequisites

Installation on your puppet master

puppet module install msutter-dsc


You can use DSC resource by prefixing resource names and parameters with 'dsc_'. The resulting resource name has to be in lowercase. e.g: 'dsc_windowsfeature'.


The following example class will install the 'Backery' website.

It's a real example and should also work for you.

class fourthcoffee(
  $websitename        = 'FourthCoffee',
  $zipname            = 'FourthCoffeeWebSiteContent.zip',
  $sourcerepo         = 'https://github.com/msutter/fourthcoffee/raw/master',
  $destinationpath    = 'C:\inetpub\FourthCoffee',
  $defaultwebsitepath = 'C:\inetpub\wwwroot',
  $zippath            = 'C:\tmp'

  $zipuri  = "${sourcerepo}/${zipname}"
  $zipfile = "${zippath}\\${zipname}"

  # Install the IIS role
  dsc_windowsfeature {'IIS':
    dsc_ensure => 'present',
    dsc_name   => 'Web-Server',
  } ->

  # Install the ASP .NET 4.5 role
  dsc_windowsfeature {'AspNet45':
    dsc_ensure => 'present',
    dsc_name   => 'Web-Asp-Net45',
  } ->

  # Stop an existing website (set up in Sample_xWebsite_Default)
  dsc_xwebsite {'Stop DefaultSite':
    dsc_ensure       => 'present',
    dsc_name         => 'Default Web Site',
    dsc_state        => 'Stopped',
    dsc_physicalpath => $defaultwebsitepath,
  } ->

  # Create tmp folder
  dsc_file {'tmp folder':
    dsc_ensure          => 'present',
    dsc_type            => 'Directory',
    dsc_destinationpath => $zippath,
  } ->

  # Download the site content
  dsc_xremotefile {'Download WebContent Zip':
    dsc_destinationpath => $zipfile,
    dsc_uri             => $zipuri,
  } ->

  # Extract the website content 
  dsc_archive {'Unzip and Copy the WebContent':
    dsc_ensure      => 'present',
    dsc_path        => $zipfile,
    dsc_destination => $destinationpath,
  } ->

  # Create a new Website
  dsc_xwebsite {'BackeryWebSite':
    dsc_ensure       => 'present',
    dsc_name         => $websitename,
    dsc_state        => 'Started',
    dsc_physicalpath => $destinationpath,

As you can see, you can mix and match dsc resources with common puppet resources. All puppet metaparameters should also be supported.


  • DSC Composite resources not yet fully supported.
  • PS Objects like 'PSCredential' as parameters value not yet supported.


The puppet types are build from the source code of the DSC Resources MOF schema files. If you want the build Puppet types for your own custom DSC Resources, read the README_BUILD


Copyright (c) 2014 Marc Sutter. License: Apache License, Version 2.0