Announcing Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 Preview

Today we are pleased to announce that the Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 Preview release is now available on the Download Center. WMF provides users with the ability to update previous releases of Windows Server and Windows Client to the management platform elements released in the most current version of Windows. This enables a consistent… Read more

DSC Resource Kit June Release

The June release of the DSC Resouce Kit is out! This release includes 12 updated DSC resource modules and 20 new DSC resources. Since the last release on May 18, there have been 106 merged pull requests and 42 closed issues. The modules updated in this release are: SharePointDsc xActiveDirectory xCertificate xComputerManagement xDFS xExchange xFailOverCluster… Read more

DSC Resource Kit Community Call

We will be hosting a community call for the DSC Resource Kit 1-3PM on Thursday, June 30 (Pacific Time). Call in to ask questions or give feedback about the DSC Resource Kit! For this call, we will be focusing on the DSC Resource Kit overall as well as the new plans for experimental High Quality… Read more

End of Support for Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 Production Preview is Approaching, Upgrade to RTM bits!

On 1st June 2016, support for the WMF 5.0 Production Preview, released back in August 2015, will end and it’s time to upgrade to the WMF 5.0 RTM. We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all of you who used the WMF 5.0 Production Preview and provided us with feedback. Your input… Read more

New Policy Cmdlets for Nano Server

We have just released another set of new cmdlets intended for use on Nano Server for managing local policy. Although Nano Server doesn’t support Group Policy, it does support local policy. Previously, we released Security cmdlets to deal with .INF and .CSV files. Today, we released the GPRegistryPolicy cmdlets which will deal with .POL files… Read more

DSC Resource Kit – Anniversary Release

We’ve just updated the DSC Resource Kit to celebrate our 1 year open-source anniversary! The DSC Resource Kit has come a long way in a year. Originally, DSC started with only in-box resources. To make these resources easier to update, some were moved to TechNet’s Script Center and became the DSC Resource Kit. Finally in April 2015, the DSC… Read more

New Security Cmdlets in Nano Server

In Windows Server 2016 TP5, we included two new cmdlets to help manage security policy settings. While they are present on every install option of Windows Server, these are mostly useful on Nano Server because Nano Server does not support Group Policy. Security-related settings include two different kinds of artifacts. • .INF files containing security… Read more

Understanding the PowerShell UserVoice

The PowerShell Team been using UserVoice to take in requests, feedback and bug reports for a few months now.  It’s been really great seeing feedback come in directly from the PowerShell community. I wanted to give some details around how your feedback gets used and what happens to something after it gets posted to UserVoice…. Read more

Developing PowerShell Cmdlets for Nano Server using the PowerShell Core SDK

Looking to develop PowerShell cmdlets for Nano Server? Try out our new PowerShell SDK for Nano on the PowerShell Gallery. Or, if you already have Windows 10 or Windows Management Framework 5.0 installed, simply run: Install-Module Microsoft.PowerShell.NanoServer.SDK If you’ve been watching the Server & Cloud Blog, you’ll know that we recently announced the availability of… Read more