Puppet's New Modules to Support Windows PowerShell DSC and WSUS

By CIOReview | Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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PORTLAND, OR: Puppet Labs, a provider of IT automation software, announces new supported modules for Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Windows Server Update Service (WSUS). The latest offering will enable users to manage PowerShell DSC and Windows Server Update Service with Puppet Enterprise.

DSC is a platform for managing and deploying changes to Windows resources. It provides PowerShell language extensions that allow users to declaratively define configurations. The new module will provide a centralized management platform, enabling users to manage infrastructure and provide a full reporting capability to keep a track of changes. The Windows Server Update Service Client module enables users to configure settings on client nodes to point to the correct update servers; schedules updates and the frequency of the updates and control update policies.

Large organizations manage heterogeneous infrastructure with dedicated teams and tools to administer their Windows and Linux environments, resulting in siloed operations and tool proliferation. Puppet Enterprise provides a single solution for managing multi-platform, multi-cloud environments, including networking and storage devices. It provides a common language for development, operations, networking and storage teams that eases collaboration and sharing. By defining Windows Server infrastructure as Puppet code, Windows teams can leverage DevOps practices, such as continuous delivery, to improve the quality and speed of deployments.

"Our goal is to give everyone the power to use the best tools to manage their infrastructure, whether it's Linux, Windows, or something else," says Nigel Kersten, CIO, Puppet Labs. "By adding DSC and Windows Server Update Service support we're making it easier for teams managing diverse infrastructure to embrace DevOps practices by providing a common language and workflow to automate all aspects of the system regardless of the underlying platform."