Desired State Configuration with Jeffrey Snover

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Richard talks to Jeffrey Snover about Desired State Configuration (DSC). DSC is part of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, although it is also available as the Windows Management Framework 4.0 Preview that can run on Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1. Jeffrey explains that DSC is all about building configuration information that can be applied to a server to install and configure services exactly to specification and resist 'drifting' of the configuration over time. DSC takes Powershell to the next level!


Jeffrey Snover is a Technical Fellow at Microsoft and an Architect for Office 365 Intelligent Substrate. Prior to that he was the Chief Architect for the Azure Storage/Edge Group and Windows Server. Snover is the inventor of PowerShell, an open source, cross-platform object-based distributed automation engine, scripting language, and command line shell. Snover joined Microsoft in 1999 as architect for the Management and Services Division, providing technical direction across Microsoft's management technologies and products. Snover has nearly 40 years of industry experience with a focus on management technologies and solutions. He was an architect in the office of the CTO at Tivoli and a development manager at NetView. He has worked also as a consulting engineer and development manager at DEC, where he led various network and systems management projects. Snover is a frequent speaker at industry and research conferences on a variety of topics including: cloud, digital transformation, AI & ethics, management, and PowerShell.

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