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Built-In Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Resources

Published: June 24, 2013

Updated: May 28, 2014

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows PowerShell 5.0

Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) comes with a set of built-in configuration resources. The following table provides an alphabetical list of these resources and links to topics that describe them in detail. If you need to create additional resources, see Build Custom Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Resources.

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Provider Description

DSC Archive Resource

Unpacks archive (.zip) files at specific paths on target nodes.

DSC Environment Resource

Manages system environment variables on target nodes.

DSC File Resource

Manages files and directories on target nodes.

DSC Group Resource

Manages local groups on target nodes.

DSC Log Resource

Logs configuration messages.

DSC Package Resource

Installs and manages packages, such as Windows Installer and setup.exe packages, on target nodes.

DSC WindowsProcess Resource

Configures Windows processes on target nodes.

DSC Registry Resource

Manages registry keys and values on target nodes.

DSC WindowsFeature Resource

Adds or removes Windows features and roles on target nodes.

DSC Script Resource

Runs Windows PowerShell script blocks on target nodes.

DSC Service Resource

Manages services on target nodes.

DSC User Resource

Manages local user accounts on target nodes.

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