Microsoft has released the SecretManagement Preview 3 module for its PowerShell scripting language and command-line shell to help developers manage secrets with a set of cmdlets.
The SecretManagement Preview 3 release follows a second preview Microsoft released in March and a first preview in February. The tool is designed to help users securely manage secrets in heterogeneous cloud environments.
However, the third preview of the SecretManagement module does contain breaking changes, so users of earlier previews will need to migrate their secrets before updating.
SecretManagement helps users store and retrieve secrets locally in an operating system’s built-in vault, such as the Windows Credential Manager. It’s also an “orchestrator for extension vaults which perform the actual secret storage and encryption”.
“SecretManagement is valuable in heterogeneous environments where you may want to separate the specifics of the vault from a common script which needs secrets,” explains Sydney Smith, a program manager on