Authoring a DSC resource in C#

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows PowerShell 5.0

Typically, a Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) custom resource is implemented in a PowerShell script. However, you can also implement the functionality of a DSC custom resource by writing cmdlets in C#. For an introduction on writing cmdlets in C#, see Writing a Windows PowerShell Cmdlet.

Aside from implementing the resource in C# as cmdlets, the process of creating the MOF schema, creating the folder structure, importing and using your custom DSC resource are the same as described in Writing a custom DSC resource with MOF.

Writing a cmdlet-based resource

For this example, we will implement a simple resource that manages a text file and its contents.

Writing the MOF schema

The following is the MOF resource definition.

[ClassVersion("1.0.0"), FriendlyName("xDemoFile")]
class MSFT_XDemoFile : OMI_BaseResource
{
                [Key, Description("path")] String Path;
                [Write, Description("Should the file be present"), ValueMap{"Present","Absent"}, Values{"Present","Absent"}] String Ensure;
                [Write, Description("Contentof file.")] String Content;                   
};

Setting up the Visual Studio project

Setting up a cmdlet project

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Create a C# project and provide the name.
  3. Select Class Library from the available project templates.
  4. Click Ok.
  5. Add an assembly reference to System.Automation.Management.dll to your project.
  6. Change the assembly name to match the resource name. In this case, the assembly should be named MSFT_XDemoFile.

Writing the cmdlet code

The following C# code implements the Get-TargetResource, Set-TargetResource, and Test-TargetResource cmdlets.



namespace cSharpDSCResourceExample
{
    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.IO;
    using System.Management.Automation;  // Windows PowerShell assembly.

    #region Get-TargetResource

    [OutputType(typeof(System.Collections.Hashtable))]
    [Cmdlet(VerbsCommon.Get, "TargetResource")]
    public class GetTargetResource : PSCmdlet
    {
        [Parameter(Mandatory = true)]
        public string Path { get; set; }

        /// <summary>
        /// Implement the logic to return the current state of the resource as a hashtable with keys being the resource properties 
        /// and the values are the corresponding current value on the machine.
        /// </summary>
        protected override void ProcessRecord()
        {
            var currentResourceState = new Dictionary<string, string>();
            if (File.Exists(Path))
            {
                currentResourceState.Add("Ensure", "Present");

                // read current content 
                string CurrentContent = "";
                using (var reader = new StreamReader(Path))
                {
                    CurrentContent = reader.ReadToEnd();
                }
                currentResourceState.Add("Content", CurrentContent);
            }
            else
            {
                currentResourceState.Add("Ensure", "Absent");
                currentResourceState.Add("Content", "");
            }
            // write the hashtable in the PS console.
            WriteObject(currentResourceState);
        }
    }

    # endregion

    #region Set-TargetResource
    [OutputType(typeof(void))]
    [Cmdlet(VerbsCommon.Set, "TargetResource")]
    public class SetTargetResource : PSCmdlet
    {
        [Parameter(Mandatory = true)]
        public string Path { get; set; }

        [Parameter(Mandatory = false)]

        [ValidateSet("Present", "Absent", IgnoreCase = true)]
        public string Ensure {
            get
            {
                // set the default to present.
               return (this._ensure ?? "Present") ;
            }
            set
            {
                this._ensure = value;
            }
        }

        [Parameter(Mandatory = false)]
        public string Content {
            get { return (string.IsNullOrEmpty(this._content) ? "" : this._content); }
            set { this._content = value; }
        }

        private string _ensure;
        private string _content;

        /// <summary>
        /// Implement the logic to set the state of the machine to the desired state.
        /// </summary>
        protected override void ProcessRecord()
        {
            WriteVerbose(string.Format("Running set with parameters {0}{1}{2}", Path, Ensure, Content));
            if (File.Exists(Path))
            {
                if (Ensure.Equals("absent", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase))
                {
                    File.Delete(Path);
                }
                else
                {
                    // file already exist and ensure "present" is specified. start writing the content to a file
                    if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(Content))
                    {
                        string existingContent = null;
                        using (var reader = new StreamReader(Path))
                        {
                            existingContent = reader.ReadToEnd();
                        }
                        // check if the content of the file mathes the content passed 
                        if (!existingContent.Equals(Content, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase))
                        {
                            WriteVerbose("Existing content did not match with desired content updating the content of the file");
                            using (var writer = new StreamWriter(Path))
                            {
                                writer.Write(Content);
                                writer.Flush();
                            }
                        }
                    }
                }

            }
            else
            {
                if (Ensure.Equals("present", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase))
                {
                    // if nothing is passed for content just write "" otherwise write the content passed.
                    using (var writer = new StreamWriter(Path))
                    {
                        WriteVerbose(string.Format("Creating a file under path {0} with content {1}", Path, Content));
                        writer.Write(Content);
                    }
                }

            }

            /* if you need to reboot the VM. please add the following two line of code.
            PSVariable DscMachineStatus = new PSVariable("DSCMachineStatus", 1, ScopedItemOptions.AllScope);
            this.SessionState.PSVariable.Set(DscMachineStatus);
             */     

        }

    }

    # endregion

    #region Test-TargetResource

    [Cmdlet("Test", "TargetResource")]
    [OutputType(typeof(Boolean))]
    public class TestTargetResource : PSCmdlet
    {   
        [Parameter(Mandatory = true)]
        public string Path { get; set; }

        [Parameter(Mandatory = false)]

        [ValidateSet("Present", "Absent", IgnoreCase = true)]
        public string Ensure
        {
            get
            {
                // set the default to present.
                return (this._ensure ?? "Present");
            }
            set
            {
                this._ensure = value;
            }
        }

        [Parameter(Mandatory = false)]
        public string Content
        {
            get { return (string.IsNullOrEmpty(this._content) ? "" : this._content); }
            set { this._content = value; }
        }

        private string _ensure;
        private string _content;

        /// <summary>
        /// Return a boolean value which indicates wheather the current machine is in desired state or not.
        /// </summary>
        protected override void ProcessRecord()
        {
            if (File.Exists(Path)) 
            {
                if( Ensure.Equals("absent", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase))
                {
                    WriteObject(false);
                }
                else
                {
                    // check if the content matches

                    string existingContent = null;
                    using (var stream = new StreamReader(Path))
                    {
                        existingContent = stream.ReadToEnd();
                    }

                    WriteObject(Content.Equals(existingContent, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase));
                }
            }
            else
            {
                WriteObject(Ensure.Equals("Absent", StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase));
            }
        }        
    }

    # endregion

}

Deploying the resource

The compiled dll file should be saved in a file structure similar to a script-based resource. The following is the folder structure for this resource.

$env: psmodulepath (folder)
    |- MyDscResources (folder)
        |- MyDscResources.psd1 (file, required)     
        |- DSCResources (folder)
            |- MSFT_XDemoFile (folder)
                |- MSFT_XDemoFile.psd1 (file, optional)
                |- MSFT_XDemoFile.dll (file, required)
                |- MSFT_XDemoFile.schema.mof (file, required)

See Also

Concepts

Writing a custom DSC resource with MOF

Other Resources

Writing a Windows PowerShell Cmdlet