Windows Management Framework 3.0 Compatibility Update

Windows Management Framework 3.0 Compatibility Update

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Windows Management Framework (WMF) 3.0, (currently distributed as KB2506146 for Windows Server 2008 SP2 and KB2506143, for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1) has been temporarily removed from Windows Update to protect from accidental installations on unsupported systems. Those who want to install WMF 3.0 to take advantage of all the great features this update provides can do so by installing the update from the Microsoft Download Center, after reading the known compatibility issues detailed below.


Windows Management Framework (WMF 3.0) was released to the Download Center on September 17, 2012. On December 11, 2012,this package was released through Windows Update. Although it was released as an optional update, many customers chose to deploy the package automatically.  Because there are compatibility issues between some released server applications and WMF 3.0, we have temporarily removed WMF 3.0 from Windows Update. This should prevent customers from inadvertently installing the package on unsupported systems.


Known Compatibility Issues:

Windows Management Framework 3.0 (WMF 3.0) is not currently compatible with the following applications.

-         System Center 2012 Configuration Manager  (Configuration Manager Management Points collocated with clients fail after installing Windows Management Framework 3.0 and running Client Health Evaluation)

-         System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Managing Hyper-V hosts using Virtual Machine Manager fails with Error: 0x8033803b after installing WMF 3.0)

-         Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 (Windows Management Framework 3.0 on Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010)

-         Microsoft SharePoint 2010  (Windows PowerShell 3.0 and SharePoint 2010)

-         Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Small Business Server 2011  (Windows Management Framework 3.0 applicability on Windows Small Business Server 2008/2011 Standard)


Systems that are running the above server applications should not run Windows Management Framework 3.0 at this time. WMF 3.0 is otherwise supported on Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2.


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  • Would uninstall help? We have this update already pre-installed in our templates.

  • Windows Management Framework 3.0 is Garbage.

    powershell 3.0 Lost half module in windows7!

  • Any ETA for a qfe available to address these?

  • It was very good information for me.


  • There seems to also be a problem with WMF 3.0 and quotas:

    Any known workarounds?

  • Any idea when this will work on servers running Exchange/Sharepoint/Etc.  ??

  • Is there any help out there for those who foolishly plunged into WMF 3.0?  Does anyone have a backout procedure they could point me to?

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  • Well, that sure explains it. I recently actually /removed/ KB2506143 from my localized (Dutch) Windows 7 professional because I wasn't enjoying the experience at all. The way the help system got completely broken in 3.0 is in my opinion a disgrace.

    The system was so well designed that even Unix / Linux admins could relatively easy find their way in PowerShell, because you guys were smart enough to include a 'man' alias for "Get-Help". But even the help itself is IMVHO outstanding; short, to the point and optionally you can get the whole list of information if need be. Or only get the example; that is IMO a brilliant help design.

    Needless to say that I rely heavily on it (I don't try to remember all commandline parameters) and when it no longer worked on PowerShell 3.0 that was a major setback for me. You can't tell Get-Help /not/ to follow the local UICulture and since it won't fall back to en-US whenever local help isn't available you end up with no help at all.

    In my opinion PowerShell is the best admin tool Microsoft has released for quite some time, even rivalling MMC itself (though you can't really compare those). But honestly you guys; fix the help system. Even if there were Dutch help pages around I'd still prefer to get the English ones. Yet that too isn't possible as of yet.

  • Is this still an issue? Have an SBS 2008 server that I could really do with running Powershell 3.0 on...

  • Including FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint and PowerShell 3.0 compatibility KB :

  • I have tried everything. EVERY internet hack and still cant get Windows Management Framework 3 to install.  Yes this is still an issue.  Is BASH an alternative?

  • What is the current state as far as compatibility issues? Has anything changed or is the list above still valid (for example for Exchange 2010 SP3 UR2, disk quotas... )?

  • i hope this download works and thankds

  • Signing certificate on the msu-file has expired. Cannot install. Same goes for Powershell 4 (Windows6.1-KB2819745-x64-MultiPkg)

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