Running Teams PowerShell GA module and Preview module side by side using WSL

Published on Wednesday, August 12, 2020



This is somewhat related to my last post, titled Teams PowerShell module is now compatible with PowerShell Core!

As a Docs contributor I have to constantly test a lot of PowerShell modules, specially, the Teams PowerShell module, and, as the line between the General Availability version and the Preview version of the module is a little blurry, users ask questions all the time, which feature, cmdlet or parameter is in which module version.

I've been running an Azure VM installed with the Preview version of the PowerShell module, however it takes some time to start it, RDP into it and finally use the module, so I thought how awesome could be to run both versions of this PowerShell module on the same computer, as you can not do that natively in the same Operating System installation, I decided to take advantage of WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to accomplish that.


I used several blog and Docs articles to get this working so this is mainly a post to summarize them all, I must give the credit to:

Official Docs article located here Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10

Saggie Haim Blog article Install PowerShell 7 On WSL and Ubuntu

Sebastiaan Dammann Blog article How-to: Installing WSL manually on a non-system drive

Special thanks to Hayden Barnes for the Ubuntu 20.04 image link!

Install WSL

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart

Restart and set WSL2 as default WSL version

wsl --set-default-version 2

if you receive an error in this step WSL 2 requires an update to its kernel component. For information please visit follow the steps outlined in that URL before continuing.

Install Linux Distribution for WSL

I didn't want the Linux installation to be on the System Drive so I created a folder on D: drive and CD into it for the next steps and also I chose Ubuntu 20.04-LTS as the Linux distro however you can choose whatever distro you like that is supported by PowerShell Core.

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -OutFile D:\wsl\Ubuntu.appx -UseBasicParsing

This step will take some time to download the Linux distro, once it finishes, let's rename the downloaded image

cd D:\wsl\
Rename-Item .\Ubuntu.appx
Expand-Archive .\ -Verbose

now let's install Ubuntu calling the setup binary


It will ask you for a UNIX username, a password for it and if everything goes well you should see something like this as the setup will directly get you into the Linux virtual machine

Welcome to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.19.104-microsoft-standard x86_64)

 * Documentation:
 * Management:
 * Support:

  System information as of Wed Aug 12 19:17:05 -03 2020

  System load:  1.67               Processes:             8
  Usage of /:   0.4% of 250.98GB   Users logged in:       0
  Memory usage: 1%                 IPv4 address for eth0:
  Swap usage:   0%

0 updates can be installed immediately.
0 of these updates are security updates.

yourUser@yourHostname: $

Do not exit Ubuntu and run the next section inside of it.

PowerShell Core installation

Create a directory for PowerShell install and change to it

yourUser@yourHostname: $ sudo mkdir /usr/share/PowerShell
yourUser@yourHostname: $ cd /usr/share/PowerShell

Let's download the current stable release available (check for updated versions)

yourUser@yourHostname: $ sudo wget

Expand this archive

yourUser@yourHostname: $ sudo tar xzvf powershell-7.0.3-linux-x64.tar.gz

Add the PowerShell directory to the PATH environment variable

yourUser@yourHostname: $ cd #HOME
yourUser@yourHostname: $ nano .profile

add to the end


save it and exit nano (at least it is not VIm!)

exit Ubuntu

yourUser@yourHostname: $ exit

Microsoft Teams Preview module installation

If you are like me and use Windows Terminal, it will automatically recognize the installation and add it to the available Shell options, in case you do not, fire up the Ubuntu 20-04 LTS WSL running


now run

yourUser@yourHostname: $ pwsh

that should get you to PowerShell 7.0.3 on Linux, you should see

PowerShell 7.0.3
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Type 'help' to get help.

now, let's install the currently most updated version of the Preview module (1.1.-3 preview at the time of writing this blog post but you can check for updates, remember, they have the -preview tag in the name)

PS /mnt/c/Users/agorz> Install-Module MicrosoftTeams -AllowPrerelease -RequiredVersion 1.1.3-preview

Accept the installation from an untrusted repository and if everything goes well, you should be able to use Teams PowerShell Preview as explained here.

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