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Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta; New Features for Standard 2009 are Now Available!

A Beta version of the Windows Management Framework 3.0 is now available and makes some updated management functionality available to earlier versions of Windows.

“Windows Management Framework 3.0 contains Windows PowerShell 3.0, WMI and WinRM,” informs Microsoft.

“The Beta version also includes a Server Manager CIM provider. This CIM provider allows users of Server Manager in Windows Server “8” to collect and view management data from servers with Windows Management Framework 3.0 installed.”

Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta can be installed on the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (64-bit only)
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (32-bit & 64-bit) – NEW! Beginning with this Beta release.

Windows PowerShell 3.0: Some of the new features in Windows PowerShell 3.0 include:

  • Workflows 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.

WMI in Windows Management Framework 3.0 introduces:

  • A new provider development model brings down the cost of provider development and removes the dependency on COM.
  • A new MI Client API to perform standard CIM operations can be used to interact with any standard WsMan + CIMOM implementation, allowing management applications on Windows to manage non-Windows computers.
  • The ability to write Windows PowerShell cmdlets in native code allowing you to provide rich Windows PowerShell semantics. e.g., Verbose, Error, Warning, WhatIf, Confirm, Progress


  • Connections are more robust
    Session disconnect and reconnect, with or without client session reconstruction, allows long-running tasks to continue even when the session in which they were started is closed and the client computer is shut down. This feature also allows administrators to reconnect from different computers to check the status of remote running tasks and get results.
  • Connections are more resilient
    In Windows PowerShell 3.0, connections can survive short-term network failures; the client-server connection is not severed at the first sign of trouble. If network problems persist, the client is safely disconnected and can reconnect by using the Connect-PSSession or Receive-PSSession cmdlets.

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.

Server Manager CIM Provider packaged with Windows Management Framework 3.0 allows you to manage your Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 servers from Server Manager in Windows Server “8” Beta.

You can download the Windows Management Framework 3.0 – Beta from Microsoft Download Center.

Microsoft also announced two new out-of-band features for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 are now available on the ECE site:

  • Silverlight 5 for Windows Embedded Standard 2009
  • The Silverlight 5 runtime allows rich media and graphics to be displayed in a browser or desktop.
  • Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework 3.5 for Windows Embedded Standard 2009
    • The Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 will install new assemblies that contain the ASP.NET and Windows Forms Chart Controls.

    The new features are rolled into the Window Embedded Standard 2009 February 2012 Feature Update. These can be imported into the product database.

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