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Uninstalling VMM Components

Updated: August 14, 2009

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

This topic provides step-by-step directions for removing System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 and VMM 2008 R2 components. When you remove the VMM server, you have the option to either remove the VMM database as well, which contains all associated configuration and status information, or retain the VMM database if you plan to reinstall the VMM server and resume managing hosts in the same host environment.

CautionCaution
Before uninstalling a VMM server that uses a remote VMM database that you want to retain and reuse, ensure that the remote SQL service is running and that the SQL service is using an administrator account. Otherwise, the VMM server role will not be removed from the database and reinstallation will fail.

ImportantImportant
Before uninstalling a VMM server, ensure that all VMM Administrator Consoles are disconnected from the VMM server. Stopping and then restarting the Virtual Machine Manager service (VMMService) disconnects all VMM Administrator Consoles.

To uninstall the VMM Server

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Programs and Features, select Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Server (x64), and then click Uninstall.

  2. On the Uninstallation Options page, do one of the following:

    • Select Retain data if you plan to reinstall VMM server and want to resume managing virtual machines in the same host environment.

    • Select Remove data if you do not plan to reinstall VMM server and want to permanently remove the VMM database.

      ImportantImportant
      To remove the VMM database, the user account for the person uninstalling VMM must be a member of the dbcreator, securityadmin, and processadmin server roles on the database server.

    noteNote
    If you have a remote VMM database, you must be logged on with, or enter credentials for, an account with administrator privileges on the database server, whether you choose to retain or remove the database. Before uninstalling, you must also ensure that the SQL Server service is running on the database server and that the SQL service is using an administrator account.

  3. On the Summary Information page, click Uninstall.

    noteNote
    When you uninstall VMM server, the local VMM agent is uninstalled and Windows Firewall exceptions created during the installation are removed; however, VMM agents on hosts and library servers are not uninstalled. You can remove hosts and library servers before uninstalling the VMM server, which automatically removes the VMM agent, manually uninstall these agents locally, or leave them installed if you plan to reinstall the VMM server. Any prerequisite software installed during the installation of the VMM server is not removed.

To uninstall the VMM Administrator Console

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Programs and Features for Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista, or Add or Remove Programs for all other supported operating systems.

  2. Click Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Administrator Console (x64) for 64-bit operating systems or Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Administrator Console for 32-bit operating systems, and then click Uninstall or Remove, depending on the operating system.

  3. On the Confirmation page, click Uninstall.

To uninstall the VMM Self-Service Portal

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Programs and Features for Windows Server 2008 or Add or Remove Programs for Windows Server 2003.

  2. Click Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Self-Service Portal (x64) for 64-bit operating systems or Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Self-Service Portal for 32-bit operating systems, and then click Uninstall or Remove, depending on the operating system.

  3. On the Confirmation page, click Uninstall.

To manually uninstall the VMM agent

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Programs and Features for Windows Server 2008 or Add or Remove Programs for Windows Server 2003.

  2. Click Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Agent (x64) for 64-bit operating systems or Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Agent for 32-bit operating systems, and then click Uninstall or Remove, depending on the operating system.

  3. In the Confirmation dialog box, click Yes.

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