Can’t Find PowerShell Modules Shortcut

The new server build process seemed to have changed slightly for my most recent SharePoint 2010 server. Everything looked for the most part as it should, but there were still a couple of minor things here and there that just seemed slightly different.

Fast forward in time – I have SharePoint installed, patched, and configured. Now I need to run some PowerShell commands to check a few things – but there aren’t any PowerShell items under All Programs > Administrative Tools as there is on my other servers. Sure, I have the basic “Windows PowerShell” folder under “Accessories,” but that’s about it.

Normally I’d say “ok, no problem” and move on, but I wasn’t even able to add my SharePoint snapin in a normal PowerShell window as a work around:

PS C:\>add-pssnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell
The local farm is not accessible. Cmdlets with FeatureDependencyId are not registered.

After a bit of research I found that it’s an issue with some combination of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, .NET 4, and PowerShell 3. Doesn’t Microsoft make all 3 of these? Why can’t they play well?

Anyway. No need to uninstall .NET 4 or any crazy work-arounds. Just go to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > View installed updates > and search on “Windows Management Framework.” You’ll likely have “Microsoft Windows Management Framework 3.0 (KB2506143)” installed.

Uninstall Windows Management Framework 3

Uninstall it and reboot when finished.

Like magic, I now have my “Windows PowerShell Modules” app link that loads everything I need, as well as the “SharePoint 2010 Management Shell” under the SharePoint folder!

Thanks to Trevor’s answer in this thread for saving my day. I figured I’d post this here for my own future reference, and also because my scenario started out slightly different than original topic in that thread.

Forum Fixed

Sorry it took so long for what turned out to be a quick & easy fix.

It looks like there’s a new version that may work better than what I have now. Need to look into that and see if my plugins will work, or if there are work-arounds that’ll take care of those features for me.

Forum Errors

Oh heck! Something broke the forum. I’ll have to look into that…

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Unrecognized attribute ‘allowInsecureTransport’. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive. (D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\WebServices\WordServer\Proxy.config line 77)

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