Windows Management Framework

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

WMF Release Notes

To learn about various enhancements in PowerShell and other components of a given WMF, please refer to the links below to review the release notes:

WMF Availability Across Windows Operating Systems

Operating System Version WMF 5.1 WMF 5.0 WMF 4.0 WMF 3.0 WMF 2.0
Windows Server 2016 Ships in-box
Windows 10 Ships in-box Ships in-box
Windows Server 2012 R2 Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows 8.1 Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows Server 2012 Yes Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows 8 Ships in-box
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows 7 SP1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows Server 2008 SP2 Yes Yes
Windows Vista Yes
Windows Server 2003 Yes
Windows XP Yes

"Ships in-box": The features of the specified WMF were shipped in the indicated version of Windows and Windows Server. Hence, the specified WMF doesn't need to be installed on the indicated operating system versions.