Tuesday, September 20, 2011

PowerShell Version 3–First CTP is available NOW

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

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[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.


aleksandar said...

"This allows you to install PowerShell 3.0 onto systems running Vista/Server 2008 and later."

Actually, that is not correct.
Supported operating systems are Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Thomas said...

Thanks for the catch Aleksandar. I wrote the article in the lounge this morning waiting for my flight and posted it just before racing to the gate. I re-read it on the plan and realised I'd goofed over versions so I made the change but did not have internet access in the air. It's fixed now.