Specifying cross-node dependencies

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 5.0

DSC provides special resources, WaitForAll, WaitForAny, and WaitForSome that can be used in configurations to specify dependencies on configurations on other nodes. The behavior of these resources is as follows:

  • WaitForAll: Succeeds if the specified resource is in the desired state on all target nodes defined in the NodeName property.
  • WaitForAny: Succeeds if the specified resource is in the desired state on at least one of the target nodes defined in the NodeName property.
  • WaitForSome: Specifies a NodeCount property in addition to a NodeName property. The resource succeeds if the resource is in the desired state on a minimum number of nodes (specified by NodeCount) defined by the NodeName property.

Using WaitForXXXX resources

To use the WaitForXXXX resources, you create a resource block of that resource type that specifies the DSC resource and node(s) to wait for. You then use the DependsOn property in any other resource blocks in your configuration to wait for the conditions specified in the WaitForXXXX node to succeed.

For example, in the following configuration, the target node is waiting for the xADDomain resource to finish on the MyDC node with maximum number of 30 retries, at 15-second intervals, before the target node can join the domain.

Configuration JoinDomain

    Import-DscResource -Module xComputerManagement, xActiveDirectory

    Node myDC
        WindowsFeature InstallAD
            Ensure = 'Present' 
            Name = 'AD-Domain-Services' 

        xADDomain NewDomain 
            DomainName = 'Contoso.com'            
            DomainAdministratorCredential = (Get-Credential)
            SafemodeAdministratorPassword = (Get-Credential)
            DatabasePath = "C:\Windows\NTDS"
            LogPath = "C:\Windows\NTDS"
            SysvolPath = "C:\Windows\Sysvol"


    Node myDomainJoinedServer

        WaitForAll DC
            ResourceName      = '[xADDomain]NewDomain'
            NodeName          = 'MyDC'
            RetryIntervalSec  = 15
            RetryCount        = 30

        xComputer JoinDomain
            Name             = 'myPC'
            DomainName       = 'Contoso.com'
            Credential       = (Get-Credential)
            DependsOn        ='[WaitForAll]DC'

Note: By default the WaitForXXX resources try one time and then fail. Although it is not required, you will typically want to specify a retry interval and count.

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