Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta Available for Download

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Yesterday we published a Beta version of the Windows Management Framework 3.0.

Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta makes some updated management functionality available to earlier versions of Windows. Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta can be installed on the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (64-bit only)
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (32-bit & 64-bit) – NEW! Beginning with this Beta release.


Windows Management Framework 3.0 contains Windows PowerShell 3.0, WMI and WinRM. The Beta version also includes a Server Manager CIM provider. This CIM provider allows users of Server Manager in Windows Server “8” to collect and view management data from servers with Windows Management Framework 3.0 installed.


Feedback & Bugs
We welcome any feedback or bug submissions to the Windows PowerShell Connect site: The release notes include a list of user submitted Connect bugs that have been fixed since Windows Management Framework 3.0 Community Technology Preview #2.


Additional Information:
Release notes are available on the download page. They contain important information about changes since Windows PowerShell 2.0 and a list of known issues.

You must uninstall any other copies of Windows Management Framework 3.0 before installing Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta.

This software is a pre-release version. Features and behavior are likely to change before the final release.


Travis Jones [MSFT]
Program Manager – Windows PowerShell
Microsoft Corporation

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  • The PowerShell 3.0 Beta supports Windows Server 2008 (R1) which shares its codebase with Vista. But it refuses to install on Vista, which leads me to believe that this is a stupid business decision to make Vista customers upgrade to Windows 7. Windows Vista is in MAINSTREAM support till April. I see no reason why Windows Server 2008 SP2 (not R2 but original release) is supported by PowerShell 3.0 but not Windows Vista SP2. Will this change for RC or RTM?

  • Will WMF 3.0 eventually be supported on Vista or XP/2003?


    Two things... 1) How does Select-Object notify upstream commands know that they do not need to produce more results? Can this be used in our own functions? 2) Are End {} blocks still expected to run when Select-Object puts the kibosh on the pipeline?

  • Still no support for non-english operating systems. I wonder why you made the decision to left out localized versions of windows (in the beta stage).

  • Any idea when a final release is set to be released?  I would love to get this on some production servers so I can use Windows 8 Server Manager to manage Windows Server 2008 R2 boxes but I really don't want to put beta software on them.

  • I really wish there would be a non US version too. Its no big deal for most people to setup another vm but it keeps me away from really using the Beta  not only playing around with it.

  • Hi Peter -

    You should check out the Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC that we published recently. It supports non-English copies of Windows.


    Travis Jones

  • Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC can be found here

  • It would be nice if powershell 3.0 was supported on windows 8. Currently, it does not install (WMF 3 that is).

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