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Windows Management Framework 4.0 (PowerShell 4, PowerShell ISE, Management OData, WMI, etc.) Now Available


Keith Hill's Blog - PowerShell 4.0 Now Available

You can get PowerShell 4.0 for down level operating systems now via the WMF 4.0 download.  NOTE: Be sure you have .NET 4.5 installed *before* you install WMF 4.0....

Windows PowerShell Blog - Windows Management Framework 4.0 is now available

Windows Management Framework 4.0, our package that lets you use management technologies from Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on some of Microsoft’s older operating systems, is now available for you to download and install. This full-release version of Windows Management Framework 4.0 includes even more improvements than our Preview release. Be certain to read this blog post fully before installing, especially because WMF 4.0 is not compatible with certain versions of server products.


IMPORTANT: Not all Microsoft server applications are currently compatible with WMF 4.0. Before installing WMF 4.0, be sure to read the WMF 4.0 Release Notes. Specifically, systems that are running the following server applications should not run WMF 4.0 at this time:

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (not including SP1)
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (including SP1)
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011Standard

We acknowledge that there is still a need for management of Windows Server 2008, andWindows Management Framework 3.0 remains the answer for Windows Server 2008.


Microsoft Downloads - Windows Management Framework 4.0

Windows Management Framework 4.0 includes updates to Windows PowerShell, Windows PowerShell ISE, Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension), Windows Remote Management (WinRM), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Server Manager WMI provider, and a new feature for 4.0, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

Version: 1.0

Date Published: 10/24/2013

  • Windows Management Framework 4.0 Release Notes.docx, 89 KB
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Quick Reference for Windows Management Framework 4.0.pdf, 244 KB
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Quick Reference for Windows Management Framework 4.0.pptx, 73 KB
  • Windows6.1-KB2819745-x64-MultiPkg.msu, 18.4 MB
  • Windows6.1-KB2819745-x86-MultiPkg.msu, 14.1 MB
  • Windows8-RT-KB2799888-x64.msu, 17.5 MB

This release includes new features and functionality in Windows Management Framework 4.0, including the following:

  • Windows PowerShell 4.0
  • Windows PowerShell ISE
  • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • The Server Manager WMI provider
  • A new feature for 4.0, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Windows Management Framework 4.0 makes updated management functionality available for installation on Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012.

Windows PowerShell 4.0 
Some of the new features in Windows PowerShell 4.0 include:

  • Support for workflow and remote script debugging
  • Improved workflow authoring experience to make it more consistent with script authoring
  • Added PipelineVariable as a common parameter
  • Better support for downloading updatable help by using Save-Help and Update-Help in offline scenarios
  • Updated version from 3.0 to 4.0
  • Several bug fixes and performance improvements
Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment 
Windows PowerShell ISE in Windows Management Framework 4.0 introduces:
  • Support for Windows PowerShell Workflow debugging
  • Support for remote script debugging
  • IntelliSense support for Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration resources and configurations
Windows PowerShell Web Services 
Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension) enables an administrator to expose a set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets as a RESTful web endpoint accessible by using OData (Open Data Protocol). This provides remote access to run cmdlets from both Windows-based and non-Windows-based client computers or devices.
  • Improved error messages in event logs
  • Endpoint versioning support
  • Autopopulation of OData dispatch schema fields
  • Support for complex types
  • Multilevel association support
  • Ability to perform large binary stream transfers
  • Support for non-Create/Read/Update/Delete (CRUD) actions
  • Key-As-Segment URL syntax support
  • Constrained resource operations

WMI, WinRM, and Server Manager CIM Provider 
These features were included with WMF 3.0, and continue to be included in WMF 4.0. There are no significant changes to these features.

Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration 
Windows Management Framework 4.0 introduces Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), with the following highlights:

  • Local configuration manager for applying configurations on the local computer
  • Windows PowerShell language extensions for authoring DSC documents
  • PSDesiredStateConfiguration module and DSC-related cmdlets
  • A set of built-in DSC configuration resources
  • DSC service for distributed access to DSC resources

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