Every once in a while I’m asked how to deploy PowerShell in the enterprise, and my answer is always: “It depends”. - It depends on the target machine’s operating system, the PowerShell version you want to install, and if you already have a deployment mechanism (such as SCCM).
For this specific scenario, there was no deployment mechanism, the OSs were Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2, the PowerShell version needed to be installed was v4.0 and the machines didn’t have internet connectivity (This is important for the .NET Framework 4.5 installation, which is a prerequisite for PowerShell 4.0. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2013/10/29/wmf-4-0-known-issue-partial-installation-without-net-framework-4-5.aspx).
So to make the deployment easier, I ended up writing a batch file so it could be used through GPO, SCCM, just double-click, and what not.
The installation script requires all the setup files to be in the same folder:
The full offline installer for the .NET Framework 4.5 can be downloaded from here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=225702
The Windows Management Framework 4.0 installation packages can be downloaded from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40855
(Make sure you download both packages (x86 and x64). The installation script determines the processor architecture and installs the correct package).
The setup script will create a log file (in the C:\Temp folder, named with the same name you use for the batch file) containing the installation process details, and a verbose log file (C:\Temp\netfx45.htm) for the .NET Framework installation.
Disclaimer: As are all code examples I post in this blog, the deployment batch file is provided as-is, without warranty of any kind.
@echo off title %~nx0 cls set "outputFolder=C:\Temp" if /i not exist "%outputFolder%" md "%outputFolder%" >> "%outputFolder%\%~n0.log" 2>&1 ( call :START ) & endlocal & goto:eof :START echo %date% %time% - %~nx0 started set RESTART=0 if /i "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%"=="x86" ( if not defined PROCESSOR_ARCHITEW6432 ( set BITNESS=x86 ) else ( set BITNESS=x64 ) ) else ( set BITNESS=x64 ) :NETFX45 reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NETFramework\v4.0.30319\SKUs\.NETFramework,Version=v4.5" 2>NUL if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 0 ( echo .NET Framework 4.5 is already installed goto WMF4 ) echo Installing .NET Framework 4.5 start /wait %~dp0dotnetfx45_full_x86_x64.exe /q /log %outputFolder%\netfx45.htm /norestart if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 0 goto WMF4 if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 1641 goto WMF4 if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 3010 ( goto WMF4 ) else ( echo There was an error [%ERRORLEVEL%] during the .NET Framework 4.5 installation echo Check the logs for more details echo Windows Management Framework 4.0 installation aborted! goto EXIT ) :WMF4 reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\3\PowerShellEngine" /v PowerShellVersion 2>&1 | find "4.0" 2>&1>NUL if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 0 ( echo Windows Management Framework 4.0 is already installed goto EXIT ) echo Installing Windows Management Framework 4.0 (%BITNESS%) start /wait wusa.exe %~dp0Windows6.1-KB2819745-%BITNESS%-MultiPkg.msu /quiet /norestart if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 0 ( echo Windows Management Framework 4.0 installed successfully set RESTART=1 goto EXIT ) if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 3010 ( echo Windows Management Framework 4.0 installed successfully - restart required set RESTART=1 goto EXIT ) if %ERRORLEVEL% equ 2359302 ( echo Windows Management Framework 4.0 is already installed ) else ( echo There was an error [%ERRORLEVEL%] during the Windows Management Framework 4.0 installation echo Check the logs for more details ) :EXIT echo. & echo %date% %time% - %~nx0 ended & echo. if %RESTART% equ 1 shutdown.exe -r -f -t 0
Though it should go without saying, please test the setup process before you use it against all (or many) computers in your environment.
Also note that not all server applications are compatible with PowerShell 4.0. From the system requirements notes on the WMF 4.0 download page:
Systems that are running the following server applications should not run Windows Management Framework 4.0 at this time.
- System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (not including SP1)
- System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (including SP1)
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
- Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
Servers that are running the following applications can now run WMF 4.0. The versions listed are the minimum releases required to run WMF 4.0.
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP3 with Update Rollup 5
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 with the February 2014 Cumulative Update
For some of them, you might need to change the management shell shortcut adding “-version 2”. – See KB2796733 for more details.