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[UPDATE: The RC release of WMF 3.0 is now avaialble for use with Windows Server 2012 RC. You can download WMF 3.0 RC from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29939]
Over the last few weeks while travelling across Canada for the Private Cloud Launch Tour, as well as the Windows Server 2012 Install Camps, I have often been asked whether or not it is possible to use Server Manager in Windows Server “8” Beta to manage Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 server machines, or if there is a way to install the Windows Server “8” Beta management tools in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. The answer to both questions in yes, but there are a few “gotchas” to be aware of.
Getting the WMF 3.0 Beta Bits
The first step in the process is to download the beta of Windows Management Framework 3.0 (WMF 3.0). The WMF 3.0 Beta package contains pre-release versions of:
The download consists of multiple files, so you should download the ones that apply to your operating system and desired management option(s) as indicated in the following table:
Windows 7 SP1 Client (x86)
Windows 7 SP1 Client (amd64), Windows 2008 R2 SP1
Windows 2008 SP2 (x86)
Install on Windows Server 2008 SP2 32-bit computers to be able to manage them from Windows Server “8” Beta
Windows 2008 SP2 (amd64)
Install on Windows Server 2008 SP2 64-bit computers to be able to manage them from Windows Server “8” Beta
Should be read before installing WMF 3.0 Beta on any operating system.
PowerShell 3.0 Script to fix issues running GPResult /r and rsop.msc after installing WMF 3.0 Beta
Adding Required Prerequisites
Before installing the WMF 3.0 Beta bits, you need to ensure that you have the pre-requisite components on the target machines. These include:
OK, Done all That and Installed the WMF 3.0 Beta Bits, but I Still Get an Error!!??
The release notes for WMF 3.0 Beta are quite good (so make sure to read them and follow all the applicable instructions indicated in the document!!), but a couple of key items get buried within the document or don’t actually appear there that can cause you to have issues, like I did. The problem I ran across was the error Not accessible – Verify earlier versions of Windows run the Management WTR package when adding a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 computer to Server Manager in Windows Server “8” Beta, as seen here:
Turns out, that it is an easy problem to fix, but it does require that you run a few PowerShell commands to get things going. The process is as follows:
Remember to respond to run the commands when prompted, and the results should look similar to the following:
At this point you should be good to go. As you add Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 servers to Server Manager in Windows Server “8” Beta, their roles will automatically show.
A little note that the kb2506143 and kb2506146 updates are only available at www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx page and not through the update catalog, support KB, or download center on their own.
Are these updates also beta or just WMF.
Update: Server 2012 is now out as an RC, and also there's a new WMF RC available (blogs.msdn.com/.../windows-management-framework-3-0-rc-is-available-for-download.aspx)