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This week, Microsoft will be releasing a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows PowerShell v2.0. Now - before you rush out to find, download and use the CTP, there is a very important point to remember: This release will not be for everyone. A CTP is NOT a Beta Release. A CTP is a very early release of the technology that has the following goals:
One of the frustrations surrounding almost all Beta programs (not just Microsoft's) is that the feedback is provided at a time when it is difficult to make changes to the product. At the end of the release, you want to minimize the code changes because one out of every X changes you make breaks something else that you won't detect. The way it works is that there is a standard for what bugs will get fixed and that standard gets tighter and tighter as the release moves forward.
So while the CTP gives you early access to v2:
The PowerShell CTP runs on x86 and x64 versions of Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista (RTM and SP1), and Windows Server 2008. There are Remoting features included in the PowerShell CTP which use the latest version of WS-Management (WinRM). The Remoting features will not function correctly if this is not installed.
The folks over at the PowerShell blog have several posts that go into greater detail that are listed below, so make sure you read them carefully before you download and install the CTP build. Until next time ...
Additional Resources from the PowerShell Blog:
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