Class is in Session: PowerShell Classes

November 22, 2016 FoxDeploy

PowerShell has been mostly complete for you and me, the ops guys, for a while now. But for Developers, important features were missing. One of those features were Classes, a important development concept which probably feels a bit foreign to a lot of my readers. For me, I'd been struggling with classes for a long time. Ever since Middle School. #DadJokeLol. In this post, I'll cover my own journey from WhatIsGoingOnDog to 'Huh, I might have something that resembles a clue now'. Continue Reading...

SCCM v Intune Showdown

October 24, 2016 FoxDeploy

If you're an SCCM Administrator you've likely heard of InTune and might be wondering when to use it. In this post, we'll cover how SCCM and Intune are able to manage Windows 10 full desktop computers (including laptops and Windows tablets like the Surface or Surface book.) Continue Reading...

Microsoft Ignite 2016 : Recap

October 03, 2016 FoxDeploy

Last week, I was able to attend my first big IT Conference, a dream of mine since I first got into IT almost ten years ago.  I got to attend Microsoft Ignite! ##### **IT WAS AWESOME!** In this post, I'll recap some of my experiences attending...and being able to speak there as well! Continue Reading...

Part VI - In-Depth Building the FoxDeploy DSC Designer

September 20, 2016 FoxDeploy

In this post, I'll walk you through my GUI design process, and share how that actually worked as I sought to create my newest tool. Along the way, I'll call out a few really confusing bugs that I worked through in creating this tool, and explain what went wrong. In particular, I ran into quite a snag when trying to programmatically create event handlers in code when trying to use `$psitem`  or `$_`. This lead to many conversations which introduced me to a powerful solution: the `$this` variable. Continue Reading...

Part V - Introducing the FoxDeploy DSC Designer

September 20, 2016 FoxDeploy

Learning DSC Series

This post is part of the Learning DSC Series here on To see the other articles, click the banner above!

For years now, people have been asking for a DSC GUI tool. Most prominently me, I’ve been asking for it for a longggg time!

My main problem with DSC today is that there is no tooling out there to help me easily click through creating my DSC Configurations, other than a text editor. For a while there, I was hoping that one of the tools like Chef or Puppet would provide the UX I wanted, to click my way through making a DSC Configuration for my machines…but after checking them out, I didn’t find anything to do what I wanted.

So I made my own.

Release Version 1.0

Get it here on GitHub!

Want to contribute?

I’ve made a lot of PowerShell modules before but none of my projects have ever been as ambitious as this.  I welcome help!  If you want to rewrite it all in C#, go for it.  If you see something silly or slow that I did, fix it.  Send me Pull Requests and I’ll merge them.  Register issues if you find something doesn’t work.

I want help with this!

Where will we go from here

This project has been a work-in-progress since the MVP Summit last year, when I tried to get MS to make this UI, and they told me to do it on my own!  So this is version 1.0.  Here’s the planned features for somewhere down the road.

Version Feature Completed
1.0 Released! ✔️
1.1 Ability to enact the configuration on your machine  
1.2 Button to jump to local dsc resource folder  
2.0 Display DSC Configuration as a form  
2.? render absent/present as radio button  
? render multi-choice as a combobox  
? render other options as checkbox  
? render string as a textbox  
? Display DSC Configuration as a form  
?? Track configuration Drift?  

How was this made?

I thought you’d never ask.  Check out this link here to see how this app was made.

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WinRM HTTPs and the Case of Spooky Certificate

September 16, 2016 FoxDeploy

In this post, we dig deepere into what happens to WinRM over HTTPs when certs expire. Continue Reading...

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