The first beta version of PowerShell 3 is now available to the public. To give it it’s full name, Microsoft today released the Windows Management Framework 3.0 Community Technology Preview (CTP) #1. This allows you to install PowerShell 3.0 onto systems running
Vista/Server 2008 and later Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. So if you want to play with PowerShell 3 but are not yet running a Windows 8 version, this is the package for you.
To get the ‘bits’, navigate to the Microsoft Download centre where you can pick up a .cab file for either a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. To install it, you must first expand the cab file using the Expand utility, then you run WINDOWS6.1-KB2506143.MSU.
Running the Windows patch, you are asked to accept the EULA (as per most installations these days) and the installer just does its stuff. For reasons I can’t explain this morning, the installation requires a reboot.
Once you reboot, you can see the new version of PowerShell
I’ve got a lot more to tell you, but I want to get his posted now prior to a long flight. I’ll post more later today on this new version of PowerShell
[Later] Re-reading the documentation, this version of WMF is not supported on Vista or Server 2008, but only on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.