Windows Management Framework expanded management functionality in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2.

That same functionality is now available for XP, W2K3 Server, Vista, and W2K8 Server.

Windows Management Framework contains:

Windows Remote Management (WinRM) 2.0 (new features):

  • The WinRM Client Shell API provides functionality to create and manage shells and shell operations, commands, and data streams on remote computers.
  • The WinRM Plug-in API provides functionality that enables a user to write plug-ins by implementing certain APIs for supported resources and operations.
  • WinRM 2.0 introduces a hosting framework. Two hosting models are supported. One is Internet Information Services (IIS)-based and the other is WinRM service-based.
  • Association traversal lets a user retrieve instances of Association classes by using a standard filtering mechanism.
  • WinRM 2.0 supports delegating user credentials across multiple remote computers.
  • Users of WinRM 2.0 can use Windows PowerShell cmdlets for system management.
  • WinRM has added a specific set of quotas that provide a better quality of service and allocate server resources to concurrent users. The WinRM quota set is based on the quota infrastructure that is implemented for the IIS service.

Windows PowerShell 2.0 (new features):

  • Remoting
  • Integrated Scripting Environment
  • Modules
  • Advanced functions
  • Background jobs
  • Eventing
  • Script internationalization
  • Script debugging
  • New cmdlets

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 4.0 (new features):

  • Peer caching now uses Windows BranchCache. This new peer caching model replaces the model that is used for BITS 3.0.
  • A more flexible resource access model allows for applications to associate a pair of security tokens to a BITS transfer job.
  • The BITS Compact Server is a stand-alone HTTP/HTTPS file server that lets you transfer a limited number of large files asynchronously between computers.
  • More precise bandwidth throttling.

Download and / or learn more about Windows Management Framework:
Windows Management Framework on XP, W2K3, Vista, and W2K8