DSC WindowsFeatureSet Resource

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 5.0

The WindowsFeatureSet resource in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) provides a mechanism to ensure that roles and features are added or removed on a target node. This resource is a composite resource that calls the WindowsFeature resource for each feature specified in the Name property.

Use this resource when you want to configure a number of Windows Features to the same state.


WindowsFeatureSet [string] #ResourceName
    Name = [string[]] 
    [ Ensure = [string] { Absent | Present }  ]
    [ Source = [string] ]
    [ IncludeAllSubFeature = [bool] ]
    [ Credential = [PSCredential] ]
    [ LogPath = [string] ]
    [ DependsOn = [string[]] ]



Property Description
Name The names of the roles or features that you want to ensure are added or removed. This is the same as the Name property of the Get-WindowsFeature cmdlet, and not the display name of the roles or features.
Credential The credentials to use to add or remove the roles or features.
Ensure Indicates whether the roles or features are added. To ensure that the roles or features are added, set this property to "Present" To ensure that the roles or features are removed, set the property to "Absent".
IncludeAllSubFeature Set this property to $true to include all required subfeatures with of the features you specify with the Name property.
LogPath The path to a log file where you want the resource provider to log the operation.
DependsOn Indicates that the configuration of another resource must run before this resource is configured. For example, if the ID of the resource configuration script block that you want to run first is ResourceName and its type is ResourceType, the syntax for using this property is DependsOn = "[ResourceType]ResourceName".
Source Indicates the location of the source file to use for installation, if necessary.


The following configuration ensures that the Web-Server (IIS) and SMTP Server features, and all subfeatures of each, are installed.

configuration FeatureSetTest
    Import-DscResource -ModuleName PSDesiredStateConfiguration
    Node localhost

        WindowsFeatureSet WindowsFeatureSetExample
            Name                    = @("SMTP-Server", "Web-Server")
            Ensure                  = 'Present'
            IncludeAllSubFeature    = $true