New PowerShell 4.0 updates have been released, part of the Windows Management Framework 4.0 (WMF 4.0). With WMF 5.0 released and then later temporarily retracted from the download center there might be some confusion about who this patch is for, I hope to clear up some of that in this blog post.
Currently WMF 5.0 RTM can be installed on older Windows clients, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, the updates can be downloaded. On Windows 10 WMF 5.0 is not available as an additional download as Windows Update can be used to update the Windows Management Framework.
Before installing WMF 5.0 on your system, please make sure that you read the released notes as there are currently known incompatibilities with the following products:
Microsoft announced the release of the latest build of Windows 10, Build 10159: Whoa! Another PC build!, it is available for download if you set the Windows Update settings to Fast. By setting it on this mode, Windows Update will automatically download the latest build when it becomes available.
To get the most recent preview builds installed on your Windows 10 Technical Preview build navigate to:
Advanced Update Settings
Choose how preview builds are installed
Set Pull-down menu to ‘Fast’
As today it is the first of July I decided to create two new categories on my blog, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. At the 29th of July Windows 10 will be officially released so I will use the coming weeks to highlight some of the unique, redesigned functionalities of both the OS as well as the automation features that are available to us. The will be a heavy emphasis on the new and updated functionality of PowerShell 5.0.
As an extra I have attached the download link of the, 4K Hero Wallpaper, the new default wallpaper that is included in the 10159 build. The links are available here:
Yesterday Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview. While the consumer edition has been available as a Preview Edition the Enterprise version has just been released.
According to Microsoft the differences between the editions are as follows:
Windows 8.1 is the basic edition for home users. It includes the core feature set that home users require but does not include key business features, such as support for the ability to join domains, process Group Policy, and so on. Windows 8.1 Pro is for small- and medium-sized businesses. It provides enhanced features that help to easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt data, and more. Last, Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition is available through Windows Software Assurance. It includes all the capabilities of Windows 8.1 Pro, plus premium features such as Windows To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache, AppLocker, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and Windows 8 app deployment.
Notable features of the Enterprise version of Windows 8.1 include:
DirectAccess – Seamless access to company resources without the need for VPNs
Windows To Go – Create your own portable Windows 8.1 installation on a USB Stick
Start Screen Control – Gives administrators control on what is shown on the start screen
It is however important to know the Preview Edition does not have a supported upgrade path to the final edition. So this should be taken into consideration when upgrading your current workstation to Windows 8.1. If that is not a problem for you then you can use Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview until January 2014.