Windows Management Framework 3.0 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1 is here

Have you tried PowerShell vNext included as a part of Windows 8 client and server developer preview? Don’t have a Windows 8 system to look at it just yet?

Don’t worry! Microsoft just announced the release  of Windows Management Framework 3.0 CTP1 build. This includes PowerShell vNext. This package also contains updated WMI and WinRM components. This release can be installed on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The below list — from the release page — shows some of the improvements or additions to PowerShell in this release.

Windows PowerShell 3.0
Some of the new features in Windows PowerShell 3.0 include:

    • Workflows 
      Workflows that run long-running activities (in sequence or in parallel) to perform complex, larger management tasks, such as multi-machine application provisioning. Using the Windows Workflow Foundation at the command line, Windows PowerShell workflows are repeatable, parallelizable, interruptible, and recoverable.
    • Robust Sessions 
      Robust sessions that automatically recover from network failures and interruptions and allow you to disconnect from the session, shut down the computer, and reconnect from a different computer without interrupting the task.
    • Scheduled Jobs 
      Scheduled jobs that run regularly or in response to an event.
    • Delegated Administration 
      Commands that can be executed with a delegated set of credentials so users with limited permissions can run critical jobs
    • Simplified Language Syntax 
      Simplified language syntax that make commands and scripts look a lot less like code and a lot more like natural language.
    • Cmdlet Discovery 
      Improved cmdlet discovery and automatic module loading that make it easier to find and run any of the cmdlets installed on your computer.
    • Show-Command 
      Show-Command, a cmdlet and ISE Add-On that helps users find the right cmdlet, view its parameters in a dialog box, and run it.
This is an important milestone. Go ahead and download the package here.

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