PowerBreakfast #005 - Why DSC, NOW?

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Published on October 14, 2014

Author: miltongoh

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Following from PowerBreakfast #004 presented by Steven Murawaski on Desired State Configuration (DSC) that is available here. Are you still not convince that you should be looking at DSC right NOW or do you think it is worth waiting for something new or even looking at staying at where you are and how things are working now? In this session, I will generally focus on the Operational side of things which focus on the response that I have received from speaking to various folks at work. On top of that, I will also share on how things may have changed for a group of Developers and/or System Engineers which we have integrate DSC into your daily life.

1. WHY DSC, NOW? PowerBreakfast #005 – 11th October 2014 Singapore PowerShell User Group

2. Agenda o Introduction o What’s DSC? o Scenario & Configuration o Traditional way of doing things o Doing the DSC way o Doing the DSC way but with other methods

3. Introduction

4. Who am I? Milton Goh  Work @ Dimension Data (Singapore)  Tweet @miltongoh  Blog @ www.miltongoh.com  Recognized @ TechNet – Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC)  Passed Exam @ Prometric – MCSE, MCSA, MCITP, ITIL, MOF  Co-Lead @ Singapore PowerShell User Group

5. What’s DSC?

6. Desired State Configuration  First release in October 2013  Platform that provide the management of configuration data.  Ensure that the components of your server farm / data centre always have the correct configuration.  Allows “Continuous Deployment”  Prevent “Configuration Drift”  Uses language extensions and providers to enable declarative, autonomous and idempotent deployment.

7. Pre-Requisites  Windows Management Framework (WMF) 4.0  Pre-installed in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (Ensure that KB2883200 is installed)  For Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 7, be sure to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 before installing WMF 4.0

8. How does DSC work? Reference: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2013/08/30/introducing-powershell-desired-state-configuration-dsc.aspx

9. References  PowerBreakfast Singapore #004 – Steven Murawski (Desired State Configuration in the Real World)  http://www.poshbreakfast.com/?p=22  PowerShell.Org – Free DSC eBook / Resources  http://www.powershell.org/wp/dsc-hub/  http://www.powershell.org/wp/forums/dsc-desrired-state-configuration/  Intro to PowerShell 4.0 Desired State Configuration – Scripting Guy Blog  http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2014/03/09/weekend-scripter- intro-to-powershell-4-0-desired-state-configuration.aspx

10. Scenario & Configuration

11. Scenario  Imagine you have a project that is hosting a custom .NET web application that is developed by the Professional Services team of your company, Contoso Ltd.  The web application is developed for the public website for government body Ministry of PowerShell.  Target to have a millions visits to the site a month due to the large amount of enthusiastic PowerShell-ers that loves to get latest information from it.  The server infrastructure is targeted at having 4Web-Front End Servers, 2 Application Servers and 2 Databases Servers in total.

12. Server Configuration Web-Front End o Web-Server (IIS) o .NET Framework 3.5 Features Application Server o Application Server o .NET Framework 3.5 Features Database Server o .NET Framework 3.5 Features

13. TraditionalWay of doing things…

14. Development Team  Usually someone (Team Lead or Solutions Architect) will take on the installation of the server, configuration of the necessary features.  Installation is usually done on a single server without any redundancy; If corrupted or things get screwed up, re-installation is the only option.  If installation is done in a Virtual Machine (Hyper-V per say), then the “Check Points” feature in Hyper-V is fully utilized for every installation or deployment done.  Developer(s) on the team may simply copy the Virtual Machine that is installed already and run it on the local machine.  If there is any instructions on setting up a brand new development environment, it would have been shared via email on the required features or desired configuration.  No document were written or details are left un-documented due to the rush factor.

15. Production Deployment Team  Certain Infrastructure Team will only take care up to Operating System (OS) level where it ensures that the OS is up and running for the Application Team to take over the installation.  This means that there isn’t a clear visibility of what was deployed on the OS.  The Infrastructure Team Lead may also receive the same email that was shared internally on what is the desired configuration, thus Engineer(s) was assigned to replicate directly.  Engineer(s) may document the installation process by doing “Screen Shot” and place it in the Installation Guide.

16. Missing Puzzle GAPs will slowly surface when:  During rush hours where changes were made to the Development/Staging/Production environment directly and not conveyed to the rest of the team. (E.g. Development team made changes without informing the Infrastructure team)  Often Developer who test the codes will work flawlessly on their individual development machine but will often crashed upon deployed over to the UAT server. (E.g. Missing features that is required to be installed, this often spread across Staging and Production environment)  Installation guide were written based on the initial installation and does not get updated as time goes by thus it is invalid for the environment.  Things wouldn’t tends to work and huge amount of troubleshooting is required to be done when trying to introduce new servers into the farm of existing servers.

17. Imagine…

18. Doing the DSC way…

19. Setup Pull Server  Download the xPSDesiredStateConfiguration module from the following URL: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/xPSDesiredStateConfiguratio-417dc71d  Unzip the downloaded archive  Copy the archive into the folder (C:Program FilesWindowsPowerShellModules) of the designated Pull Server.

20. Setup Pull Server  Create the Configuration File  Save the file

21. Setup Pull Server  Copy the PowerShell script into your designated server (if you didn’t use the PowerShell ISE on the designated server or you have done it on another client computer).  Execute the PowerShell script on the designated server  Configure DSC Pull Server by running Start-DscConfiguration .CreatePullServer -Wait

22. Configuration for Nodes to Pull  Telling how the server should look like.

23. Enable Nodes to Pull  Script to tell member server to pull configuration.

24. Demo

25. DSC Resource Kit  Microsoft PowerShell Team is currently constantly updating the modules that is available to be used with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).  Latest Resource Kit was updated on 30th September 2014 and available for download at https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/DSC-Resource-Kit-All-c449312d

26. Other ways than DSC

27. Other than Microsoft PowerShell DSC, there are other platforms available to be use to achieve Desired State Configuration. o Chef - https://www.getchef.com/chef/ o Puppet - http://puppetlabs.com/

28. Questions? Comments? Something to share?

29. Thank you for attending: PowerBreakfast #005 Have you join Singapore PowerShell User Group Facebook group yet? https://www.facebook.com/singaporepowershell

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