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How to Apply Updates to a Deployed Service in VMM

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

You can apply updates to a deployed service in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). To apply updates, first publish an updated service template and then use that updated service template to apply updates to the deployed service.

To publish an updated service template

  1. In the VMM console, open the Library workspace, expand the Templates node, and then click Service Templates.

  2. In the Templates pane that lists the available service templates, select the service template that you want to publish.

  3. On the Service Template tab, in the Actions group, click Publish.

    noteNote
    If you no longer want to make the service template available, click Revoke.

  4. Open the VMs and Service workspace and find the service that you want to update with the updated service template. The Update Status column for the service should display New Release Available.

To apply updates to a deployed service by using an updated service template

  1. In the VMs and Service workspace, select the service that you want to update with the updated service template.

  2. On the Service tab, in the Update group, click Set Template.

  3. In the Change Service Template wizard, on the Updated Service Template page, select Replace the current template with an updated template for this service.

    noteNote
    Use the Modify application settings for this service option if you only need to change the setting of an application installed in the service. For example, if you need to change the name of the SQL Server database that an application is using.

  4. Click Browse, select the updated service template, click OK, and then click Next.

  5. On the Settings page, configure any application settings that are listed, and then click Next.

  6. On the Update Method page, select whether you want to make the updates in-place to the existing virtual machines or whether you want to deploy new virtual machines with the updated settings, and then click Next.

    noteNote
    For more information about these two update methods, see Updating a Service in VMM.

  7. On the Updates Review page, review your selections, and then Next.

    noteNote
    If you want the updates to be made immediately, select the Apply the changes to the service immediately after this wizard completes check box.

  8. On the Summary page, review the settings, and then click Finish.

  9. When you are ready to apply the updates to the deployed service (for example, during a regularly scheduled maintenance windows), in the VMs and Service workspace, select the service that you want to update.

  10. On the Service tab, in the Upgrade group, click Apply Template.

  11. In the Apply Service Template dialog box, review the updates that will be made, and then click OK.

    You can track the progress of the service being updated in the Jobs window. A Perform servicing on a service job is created.

  12. After the update job has completed, in the VMs and Services workspace, verify that the Template Release value for the service has been updated.

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