Where can I run DSC?

You can run desired state configuration on any system which can run WMF 4.0.

From TechNet :
Operating System Requirements
Windows PowerShell 4.0 runs on the following versions of Windows.
Windows 8.1, installed by default

Windows Server 2012 R2, installed by default

Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, install Windows Management Framework 4.0 to run Windows PowerShell 4.0

Windows Server® 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1, install Windows Management Framework 4.0 to run Windows PowerShell 4.0

Windows PowerShell 3.0 runs on the following versions of Windows.
Windows 8, installed by default

Windows Server 2012, installed by default

Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, install Windows Management Framework 3.0 to run Windows PowerShell 3.0

Windows Server® 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1, install Windows Management Framework 3.0 to run Windows PowerShell 3.0

Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, install Windows Management Framework 3.0 to run Windows PowerShell 3.0

So, you can run DSC on anything down to Server 2008 and Windows 7.

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2 thoughts on “Where can I run DSC?

  1. Dave Wyatt June 8, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    That should say “down to Server 2008 R2″, I think. WMF 4.0 isn’t supported on Server 2008, according to the system requirements.

    • FoxDeploy June 8, 2014 / 1:37 pm

      Good call, I’ll fix it. My next experiment is to see if you can get around the WMF requirement by using Chef or Puppet instead. I don’t have a ton of experience with the other declarative configuration systems though, so it will be a journey of discovery.

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