Issue with Windows Management Framework 3.0 on Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010

Recently, began offering the Windows Management Framework 3.0 as an Optional update. This includes all forms of update distribution, such as Microsoft Update, WSUS, System Center Configuration Manager and other mechanisms. The key bit here is that the Windows Management Framework 3.0 includes 3.0.

Management Framework 3.0 is being distributed as KB2506146 and KB2506143 (which one is offered depends on which you are running – 2008 Sp2 or Sp1).

What does that mean to you?

Management Framework 3.0 (specifically 3.0) is not yet supported on any of Exchange except Exchange 2013 (which requires it). If you install Management Framework 3.0 on a running 2007 or Exchange 2010, you will encounter problems, such as Rollups that will not install, or the Exchange Management Shell may not run properly.

We have seen rollups not installing with the following symptoms:

  • If rollup is installed through Microsoft Update, the installation might error with error code of 80070643
  • If rollup is installed from a download, the error displayed is “Setup ended prematurely because of an error.”
  • In both cases, event log might show the error with an error code of “13”

Team adviced that Management Framework 3.0 should not be deployed on servers running 2007 or Exchange 2010, or on workstations with the Exchange Management Tools for either installed. If you have already deployed this update, it should be removed. Once the is removed, functionality should be restored.

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