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Windows Management Framework

KeithB|Last Updated: 12/13/2016
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Windows Management Framework (WMF) is the delivery mechanism that provides a consistent management interface across the various flavors of Windows and Windows Server. With the installation of WMF, customers get a seamless way to interoperate between mixes of OSes in their environment. WMF makes the updates to management functionality, in a given release of Windows and Windows Server, available for installation on lower versions (typically, 2 lower versions) of Windows and Windows Server.

WMF installation adds and/or updates the following features:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows PowerShell Integrated Script Environment (ISE)
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
  • Software Inventory Logging (SIL)
  • Server Manager CIM Provider

WMF Release Notes

To learn about various enhancements in PowerShell and other components of a given WMF, please refer to the links below to review the release notes:

WMF Availability Across Windows Operating Systems

Operating System VersionWMF 5.1WMF 5.0WMF 4.0WMF 3.0WMF 2.0
Windows Server 2016Ships in-box
Windows 10Ships in-boxShips in-box
Windows Server 2012 R2YesYesShips in-box
Windows 8.1YesYesShips in-box
Windows Server 2012YesYesYesShips in-box
Windows 8Ships in-box
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1YesYesYesYesShips in-box
Windows 7 SP1YesYesYesYesShips in-box
Windows Server 2008 SP2YesYes
Windows VistaYes
Windows Server 2003Yes
Windows XPYes

"Ships in-box": The features of the specified WMF were shipped in the indicated version of Windows and Windows Server. Hence, the specified WMF doesn't need to be installed on the indicated operating system versions.

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