Windows Management Framework 5.0 Production Preview is now available

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

As announced earlier, WMF 5.0 Production Preview differs from older previews of WMF 5.0 in the following ways:

  • It is fully supported until 90 days after WMF 5.0 RTM. By fully supported, we mean we will investigate production-blocking issues, and provide workarounds or updates as necessary.
  • All features in the Production Preview are production-ready. No experimental features are in this package.

The following table provides an overview of all scenarios enabled by WMF 5.0 Production Preview.

Scenario
New and updated cmdlets based on community feedback
Generate Windows PowerShell cmdlets based on an OData endpoint with ODataUtils
Manage .ZIP archives through new cmdlets
Interact with symbolic links using improved Item cmdlets
Network Switch management with Windows PowerShell
DSC authoring improvements in Windows PowerShell ISE
32-bit support for the configuration keyword in DSC
Audit Windows PowerShell usage by transcription and logging
Extract and parse structured object out of string content
Configure DSC’s Local Configuration Manager with the meta-configuration attribute
Configure piece by piece with partial configurations in DSC
Manage with cross-computer dependencies in DSC
More control over configurations in DSC
Find more detail about configuration status in DSC
Support for -? during DSC configuration compilation
Support for DSC RunAsCredential
Rich information for DSC LCM State
Side-by-Side installation of DSC Resources
PSDesiredStateConfiguration Module version updated to 1.1
Discover and install software with PackageManagement
Discover modules and DSC resources with PowerShellGet
Develop with classes in Windows PowerShell
More control and remoting in Windows PowerShell Debugging
Report configuration status from DSC to a central location
Software Inventory Logging.

You can read more about these improvements, and other content in WMF 5.0 Production Preview, in the release notes (included in the download with the packages).  

WMF 5.0 Production Preview installs exclusively on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 SP1. 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: https://connect.microsoft.com/PowerShell

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

Krishna C Vutukuri
Principal Software Engineering Manager
Windows PowerShell Team