Thursday, January 21, 2010

Windows Management Framework

Recently we were able to approve Windows Management Framework for distribution using WSUS.  If you haven’t heard, the WMF is a package of tools that enables administrators to do some great things.  Included in the Windows Management framework is Powershell 2.0, BITS 4.0, and WinRM 2.0.

The downloads come as two packages for Server 2008 and Vista, where BITS 4.0 is a separate installation.  The great news is however that Powershell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0 can be easily deployed.  With the help of Group Policy, servers enterprise wide can be enabled for Powershell remoting.  If you’re looking for the Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 links, don’t worry – though it isn’t apparent at first the “Windows Management Framework” simply combines features that are already available in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and makes them available to Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.  I am quite excited to be able to use a single Powershell platform to manage servers.  Already we’ve been making great use of the new cmdlets in Powershell 2.0 such as Write-Eventlog to log our relevant information related to functions of servers, which we can then subscribe to or act upon using the built in tools in Vista, Server 2008, Windows 7, and Server 2008 R2.


Anonymous said...

I would love to know
1) What sort of events you write to the log.
2) Are you using remoting? If so, how is that working for you.
3) What things would you like to see in the next version?

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Mevious said...

I used remoting for the first time today - I'm transferring this post to my "unnetwork" blog, so catch it there, too!