Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Windows Management Framework 5.0 Released (again)

Microsoft has now republished Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 to the Microsoft Download Center. WMF 5.0, which includes PowerShell 5.0 and improvements to PowerShell Desired State Configuration, was previously released but then pulled due to a bug with correctly loading the PSModulePath variable.

I've been looking forward to WMF 5.0 being released for some time now. With each release, Microsoft had added new features, and this release is no different. PackageManagement and PowerShellGet are great new features, and should change the way we load software and PowerShell modules on our systems. I'm hoping Desired State Configuration will start to take off in the enterprise, especially with the addition of partial configurations.

WMF 5.0 is available for Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1. Make sure you do your due diligence and test the download before moving to production systems - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50395

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