Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview February 2015 is now available

We’re excited to announce that Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview February 2015, a new package introducing new and exciting management technologies, is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center!

This Windows Management Framework (WMF) preview includes everything from WMF 5.0 Preview November 2014, plus some new features.

The following table provides an overview of new and updated features in WMF 5.0 Preview February 2015. 


Design Status

Develop DSC resources with classes in Windows PowerShell


Remove DSC documents delivered to a system


Support for inheritance with classes in Windows PowerShell


DSC resource script debugging


Support for new RefreshMode


Partial configurations support mixed RefreshModes


PSScriptAnalyzer: static code analysis of  Windows PowerShell artifacts


You can read more about these improvements, and all the other content within WMF 5.0 Preview February 2015, in the release notes (included in the download with the packages). For information about Experimental and Stable designs, see the blog post, WMF 5.0 Preview: Defining “experimental designs” and “stable designs”.           

WMF 5.0 Preview February 2015 installs exclusively on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012. You’ll need .NET Framework 4.5 installed to run WMF 5.0; you can also find that on the Microsoft Download Center, if you’re not running it already.

We’re excited to provide this new iteration of WMF to you all, and we’re happy to hear any and all feedback that you may have.

As usual, our main avenue of feedback is Connect:

On behalf of everyone contributing to WMF, we hope you enjoy this Preview release.


Krishna C Vutukuri

Principal Software Engineering Manager

Windows PowerShell Team