Introducing Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration!

We have just announced the CTP of Desired State Configuration for Linux.  If you missed it, be sure to check out:

1) The announcement and demo at TechEd North America 2014

2) The announcement at the PowerShell Team Blog

3) A step-by-step guide for compiling and installing DSC for Linux and applying your first configuration MOF at the Building Clouds blog

4) The CTP release can be found over at Github

This is exciting stuff!


System Center & UNIX/Linux – Recent Updates and Releases

October has been a month full of releases for System Center UNIX and Linux management features. In case you missed these, here is a recap:

System Center 2012 R2

System Center 2012 SP1

  • Update Rollup 4 is now available. UR4 for Operations Manager has several fixes for UNIX/Linux monitoring, and adds support for Debian GNU/Linux 7. The UNIX/Linux Management Packs and agents for UR4 are available here.

System Center Management Packs for Java EE

  • The Java EE MPs have been updated to add support for IBM WebSphere 8.x and Oracle WebLogic 12c.  Support for these new app server versions requires the updated UR4 agent for discovery on UNIX/Linux computers.

Creating Linux VM Templates with System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager

Configuring a VHD for use in a Linux VM template involves the following steps:

  1. Create a virtual machine (or use an existing one) and install your Linux operating system.
  2. Install or update the latest Hyper-V Linux Integration Services
  3. Install the VMM Agent for Linux – the VMM Agent for Linux is a small agent that receives incoming configuration from VMM and applies the OS configuration.  Following a successful VM deployment, the agent removes itself.
  4. To make this prepared VHD available for templates: shut down the VM, and copy the VM to a VMM Library share and refresh the VMM Library.

The steps to create a VM Template are:

  • In the Library pane of the VMM console, launch Create VM Template
  • Select Use an existing VM template or virtual hard disk stored in the library, click Browse, and select your template VHD


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