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Microsoft Windows Management Framework (WMF)

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Contributor(s): Ryan Lanigan

Microsoft Windows Management Framework (WMF) is a driver that makes some updated management functionality in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 available to be installed on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.

WMF is available from the Microsoft Download Center. The framework contains Windows Remote Management, Windows PowerShell, and Background Intelligent Transfer Service. The most current version of the driver is WMF 5.0, which introduces Windows PowerShell OneGet.

 

 

This was last updated in June 2014

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It's a hell of a lot more than that - it's the nervous system for all Microsoft Software Products. 


Windows Management Framework (WMF) is the delivery mechanism that provides a consistent management interface across the various flavors of Windows and Windows Server. With the installation of WMF, customers get a seamless way to interoperate between mixes of OSes in their environment. WMF makes the updates to management functionality, in a given release of Windows and Windows Server, available for installation on lower versions (typically, 2 lower versions) of Windows and Windows Server.

WMF installation adds and/or updates the following features:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows PowerShell Integrated Script Environment (ISE)
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
  • Software Inventory Logging (SIL)
  • Server Manager CIM Provider
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