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I fired up my tweetdeck just a minute ago and saw this tweet from Jeffrey Snover (the architect of PowerShell):
“What does it mean?
It means that the new version of PowerShell (version 2.0) is now RTW (Released to Web). And not only PowerShell 2.0, but also WinRM 2.0 and BITS 4.0. It’s called the “Windows Management Framework”.
“But aren’t those already included in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7?”
Yes.. but you who are running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or even Windows XP would like to (or need to) take advantage of this powerful new management platform as well. And now you can!
Here’s the link to the PowerShell Blog that Jeff’s tweet mentions above: http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2009/10/27/windows-management-framework-is-here.aspx
And here’s the KB where you can learn more about it, as well as download these tools: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929
Oh.. and one more link – this one to the Windows Management Infrastructure team blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/wmi/