Windows Management Framework 3.0 Community Technology Preview (CTP) #1 available for download makes some updated management functionality available to be installed on Windows 7 SP1 & Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
In addition to PowerShell 3.0, Windows Management Framework 3.0 also features Windows Remote Management (WinRM) 3.0, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) 3.0 and the Windows PowerShell Web Service.
"Windows PowerShell Web Service enables an administrator to expose a set of PowerShell cmdlets as a RESTful web endpoint accessible via the Open Data Protocol (OData). This provides remote access to invoke cmdlets from both Windows and non-Windows clients," revealed Travis Jones, Windows PowerShell PM.
"This preview release is designed to enable the community to experience and review the preliminary designs and direction of key features Windows PowerShell 3.0 and to solicit feedback before features are finalized," Jones added.
Some new Windows 8 PowerShell 3.0 features includes:
- Workflows that run long-running activities (in sequence or in parallel) to perform complex, larger management tasks, such as multi-machine application provisioning. Using the Windows Workflow Foundation at the command line, Windows PowerShell workflows are repeatable, parallelizable, interruptible, and recoverable.
- Robust Sessions automatically recover from network failures and interruptions and allow you to disconnect from the session, shut down the computer, and reconnect from a different computer without interrupting the task.
- Scheduled Jobs run regularly or in response to an event.
- Delegated Administration commands can be executed with a delegated set of credentials so users with limited permissions can run critical jobs
- Simplified Language Syntax make commands and scripts look a lot less like code and a lot more like natural language.
- Cmdlet Discovery and automatic module loading that make it easier to find and run any of the cmdlets installed on your computer.
- Show-Command, a cmdlet and ISE Add-On that helps users find the right cmdlet, view its parameters in a dialog box, and run it.
Jones explained to install WMF 3.0 CTP1:
- Download and extract the correct package for your architecture from the Microsoft Download Center
- For 64-bit systems, download WMF3-CTP1-x64.cab
- For 32-bit systems, download WMF3-CTP1-x86.cab
- Extract the contents of the downloaded CAB file by typing: expand <<package name>> -F:* <<destination you want for extracted files>>
- Close all Windows PowerShell 2.0 windows.
- Run the WINDOWS6.1-KB2506143 MSU.
- You do not have to uninstall or remove any programs before installing the WMF 3.0 CTP1.
- This package requires Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7. If you receive a "This update does not apply" message when trying to install, verify that SP1 is installed.
To uninstall the WMF 3.0 CTP1:
Locate and uninstall the following installed Windows Update: KB2506143