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DSC for Linux configuration script that checks whether or not the required Docker components have been installed on a specified Ubuntu host. This script also provides an example usage of the nxScript DSC resource. The DSC for Linux project page can be found here:


Ensure that you have provisioned one or more hosts running Ubuntu Server. At the time of this writing, the 14.04 LTS release is suitable.

While both CentOS and Oracle Linux have also been tested with PowerShell DSC for Linux, this particular configuration has been developed specifically for Ubuntu.


NOTE: There is an encoding bug in the DSC for Linux nxService resource as mentioned in this issue: Until this is fixed in the WPSDSCLinux repository, a replacement file has been included in the DSCforLinuxSetup folder. Copy this file in to /opt/omi-1.0.8/lib/Scripts/ on your target node(s).

NOTE: PowerShell v5.0 Preview is not yet supported.

Prior to executing any of the DSC configuration scripts included in this repository, ensure that your targeted node(s) has the required OMI and DSC for Linux components installed. The DSCforLinuxSetup folder contains an installation script,, and an init script, omiserverinit, that can be used to assist with this process. The code in the setup files has been provided courtesy of PowerShell Magazine writer Ravikanth C ( and Microsoft Senior Program Manager Kristopher Bash ( respectively.

Running Tests

The DockerClient DSC configuration includes a set of unit tests developed against the Pester framework. Clone the Pester repository to your machine, checkout the beta branch and copy the files into your system's PowerShell modules directory: %UserProfile%\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\Pester.

Import the Pester module into your session, and run the tests and code coverage analysis by navigating to the root of the DockerClientDSC directory and executing the following cmdlet:

Invoke-Pester -CodeCoverage @{p="DockerClient.ps1"}

Install Docker

Every DockerClient DSC configuration asserts that Docker is installed and configured and that the Docker service is running. The steps below provide a walkthrough for using the DockerClient DSC configuration to ensure that Docker is installed on a target node:

  1. Create a variable to hold the hostname of the targeted node

    $hostname = ""
  2. Load the DockerClient configuration into the current PowerShell session

    . .\DockerClient.ps1
  3. Generate the required DSC configuration .mof file for the targeted node

    DockerClient -Hostname $hostname

    A sample DSC configuration data file has also been included and can be modified and used in conjunction with or in place of the Hostname parameter:

    DockerClient -ConfigurationData .\SampleConfigData.psd1
  4. Start the configuration application process on the targeted node

    $cred = Get-Credential -UserName "root"
    $options = New-CimSessionOption -UseSsl -SkipCACheck -SkipCNCheck -SkipRevocationCheck
    $session = New-CimSession -Credential $cred -ComputerName $hostname -Port 5986 -Authentication basic -SessionOption $options -OperationTimeoutSec 600
    Start-DscConfiguration -CimSession $session -Path .\DockerClient -Verbose -Wait

    You can also use the RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 helper script to apply your generated configurations which executes the same CIM session commands above and starts your configuration with Start-DscConfiguration -Force:

    .\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -Hostname $hostname

    If you used a DSC configuration data file, the RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 script can also parse this file and execute configurations against multiple nodes as such:

    .\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -ConfigurationData .\SampleConfigData.psd1


Images can be pulled or removed from you host. This is equivalent to running: docker pull [IMAGE] or docker rmi -f [IMAGE].

Using the same Run Configuration steps defined above, execute DockerClient with the -Image parameter to configure an image to pulled:

DockerClient -Hostname $hostname -Image "node"
.\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -Hostname $hostname

You can also configure the host to pull multiple images:

DockerClient -Hostname $hostname -Image "node","mongo"
.\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -Hostname $hostname

To remove images, use a hashtable as follows:

DockerClient -Hostname $hostname -Image @{Name="node"; Remove=$true}
.\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -Hostname $hostname

You can combine images for pull and removal by using an array. The example below will pull the node image but remove any existing mongo images:

DockerClient -Hostname $hostname -Image @("node", @{Name="mongo"; Remove=$true})
.\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -Hostname $hostname


To create or remove containers, you can use the Container parameter with one or more hashtable. The hashtable(s) passed to this parameter can consist of the following properties:

  • Name (required)
  • Image (required unless Remove property is set to $true)
  • Port
  • Env
  • Link
  • Command
  • Remove

Each property coincides with the the same options available to the docker run command.

For example, create a hashtable with the settings for your container:

$webContainer = @{Name="web"; Image="anweiss/docker-platynem"; Port="80:80"}

Then, using the same Run Configuration steps defined above, execute DockerClient with the -Image and -Container parameters:

DockerClient -Hostname $hostname -Image node -Container $webContainer
.\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -Hostname $hostname

Existing containers can also be removed as follows:

$containerToRemove = @{Name="web"; Remove=$true}
DockerClient -Hostname $hostname -Container $containerToRemove
.\RunDockerClientConfig.ps1 -Hostname $hostname
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