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Windows PowerShell is now “PowerShell”: An Open Source Project with Linux support – How did we do it?

Hello everyone, My name is Angel Calvo, I am Microsoft’s Group Software Engineering Manager for PowerShell and Desired State Configuration (DSC). I'd like to take this opportunity to proudly represent the engineering team behind this project, and share a few thoughts about yesterday’s historic announcement for PowerShell and our Community...

Announcing Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 Preview

Update 08/08/2016: Removed the note on container support. That is not part of WMF, as it installs on older versions of Server. Today we are pleased to announce that the Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.1 Preview release is now available on the Download Center. WMF provides users with the ability to update previous releases of Windows ...

DSC Resource Kit June Release

The June release of the DSC Resouce Kit is out! This release includes 12 updated DSC resource modules and 20 new DSC resources. Since the last release on May 18, there have been 106 merged pull requests and 42 closed issues. The modules updated in this release are: We also have ...
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Azure DSC Extension versions 2.4 up to 2.13 will retire in August

NOTE: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history. In August, we will remove Azure DSC Extension versions 2.4 up to 2.13. These versions use WMF 5.0 PP whose signing certificates will expire in August. These versions will continue to run on existing VMs, but you will no longer be able to ...
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End of Support for Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 Production Preview is Approaching, Upgrade to RTM bits!

On 1st June 2016, support for the WMF 5.0 Production Preview, released back in August 2015, will end and it’s time to upgrade to the WMF 5.0 RTM. We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to all of you who used the WMF 5.0 Production Preview and provided us with feedback. Your input and feedback helped contribute to make WMF 5.0 RTM even ...

New Policy Cmdlets for Nano Server

We have just released another set of new cmdlets intended for use on Nano Server for managing local policy. Although Nano Server doesn't support Group Policy, it does support local policy. Previously, we released Security cmdlets to deal with .INF and .CSV files. Today, we released the GPRegistryPolicy cmdlets which will deal with .POL files ...
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DSC Resource Kit – Anniversary Release

We've just updated the DSC Resource Kit to celebrate our 1 year open-source anniversary! The DSC Resource Kit has come a long way in a year. Originally, DSC started with only in-box resources. To make these resources easier to update, some were moved to TechNet's Script Center and became the DSC Resource Kit. Finally in April 2015, the ...

New Security Cmdlets in Nano Server

In Windows Server 2016 TP5, we included two new cmdlets to help manage security policy settings. While they are present on every install option of Windows Server, these are mostly useful on Nano Server because Nano Server does not support Group Policy. Security-related settings include two different kinds of artifacts. • .INF files...
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Developing PowerShell Cmdlets for Nano Server using the PowerShell Core SDK

Looking to develop PowerShell cmdlets for Nano Server? Try out our new PowerShell SDK for Nano on the PowerShell Gallery. Or, if you already have Windows 10 or Windows Management Framework 5.0 installed, simply run: If you've been watching the Server & Cloud Blog, you'll know that we recently announced the availability of Technical ...
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AWS DSC Toolkit

We have just released a brand new module called the AWS DSC Toolkit! This module allows you to register AWS EC2 instances as DSC Nodes in Azure Automation. You can then control your EC2 instances in Azure Automation using PowerShell DSC configurations. The 4 new cmdlets provided by this module are: An example of these cmdlets is ...
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