Configure your SharePoint Environment for SharePointDSC

If you have been paying attention to the SharePointDSC project and always wanted to give it a go but just never had time to actually sit down and get started, this blog post may save you several hours of frustration if you ever decide to start experimenting with the project. When dealing with the SharePoint DSC, most of the calls performed have to be impersonating the Farm Account. Because of this, PowerShell has to do several Remote calls using the Invoke-Command cmdlet, and has to authenticate using CredSSP. By default, CredSSP is not authorized on Windows Server.

Trying to simply run the SharePointDSC scripts against your environment will mostly result in you getting the following error thrown:

Connecting to the remote server <server name> failed with the following error message : The WinRM client cannot process the request. the authentication mechanism requested by the client is not supported by the server or unencrypted traffic is disabled in the service configuration.


Connecting to remote server <server name>failed with the following error message : The WinRM
cannot process the request. CredSSP authentication is currently disabled in the client configuration. Change the
client configuration and try the request again. CredSSP authentication must also be enabled in the server
configuration. Also, Group Policy must be edited to allow credential delegation to the target computer.


In order to fix this, we need to enable CredSSP on both the server and the client. To achieve this, run the following two PowerShell lines of code, where is you domain name:

enable-wsmancredssp -role client -delegatecomputer * -force
enable-wsmancredssp -role server -force

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