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Migrating to VMM 2008 R2 SP1 from VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC

Updated: January 22, 2011

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

This document provides information about migrating to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) from VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC.

To take advantage of the new features in VMM 2008 R2 SP1, Hyper-V hosts must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). For more information about deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, including information about upgrading Hyper-V failover clusters, see the Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=199955). For information about the new features in VMM 2008 R2 SP1, see What's New in Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196609).

ImportantImportant
Managing pre-release versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with the RTM version of VMM 2008 R2 SP1 is not supported.

To perform a fresh installation of VMM 2008 R2 with SP1, see New Installation of VMM (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=117338).

If you have previously integrated System Center Operations Manager 2007 with VMM 2008, there are additional steps that you must take after you upgrade to VMM 2008 R2 SP1. For more information, see How to Update Your Operations Manager Integration After Upgrading to VMM 2008 R2 SP1 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=199953).

When you update the VMM database, the following data and objects are lost:

  • Jobs table

  • The passwords and product keys for the following:

    • Stand-alone templates

    • Operating system profiles

    • Hardware profiles

When you update the VMM database, the following data and objects are retained:

  • Self-service information

  • Custom fields for virtual machines and hosts

CautionCaution
To avoid the loss of important data, before you update the VMM database, it is highly recommended that you perform a full backup of your VMM database.

To migrate to Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 from VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC

  1. In the VMM Administrator Console, in Hosts view, remove any hosts that are either on a perimeter network or that are in a domain that does not have a two-way trust with the VMM server’s domain. These are the only hosts that you need to remove before you upgrade to VMM 2008 R2 SP1.

    ImportantImportant
    You must remove these hosts before you upgrade the VMM database, and then you must add the hosts back after you have completed the migration to VMM 2008 R2 SP1. You also must reconfigure the host reserves for these hosts after you have added them to VMM 2008 R2 SP1.

  2. If you are using VMM to manage one or more VMware Infrastructure 3 environments, you must remove any VMware VirtualCenter servers before you upgrade the VMM database, and then you must add them back after you have completed the migration to VMM 2008 R2 SP1. For more information about how to remove a VMware VirtualCenter server, see How to Remove a Virtualization Manager from VMM (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=163058). For more information about how to add a VMware VirtualCenter server, see How to Add a VMware VirtualCenter Server (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=128560).

  3. On the computer where your VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC VMM server is installed, uninstall the VMM server. Then, on the Uninstallation Options page, click Retain data. For more information, see Uninstalling VMM Components.

  4. Uninstall all other VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC components that you have installed on the same computer or on separate computers. For more information, see Uninstalling VMM Components.

  5. Download the UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe program, by signing into Microsoft Connect (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=208420). And then move the UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe program to a folder on which you have Write permission.

    CautionCaution
    To avoid the loss of important data, before you update the VMM database, it is highly recommended that you perform a full backup of your VMM database.

  6. On a computer with the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and Microsoft SQL Server tools installed, open a Command Prompt window with elevated privileges, and then run the UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe program by using the following syntax:

    UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe –server <computername[\instancename]> -database <database>
    Example (with a named SQL Server instance and the default database):
    UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe –server VMMDB01\MICROSOFT$VMM$ -database VirtualManagerDB
    Example (with the default SQL Server instance and database):
    UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe –server VMMDB01 –database VirtualManagerDB

    ImportantImportant
    • Before you run the UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe program, you must move it to a folder on which you have Write permission, and you must have permission on the SQL Server instance to update the database.

    • If the database is on a remote instance of SQL Server, ensure that the user account to which you are logged on with is a member of the sysadmin server role on the remote instance of SQL Server.

  7. On the same computer that your VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC VMM server was installed on, or on another computer that meets the minimum system requirements for installing the VMM server for VMM 2008 R2 SP1, install the VMM server and, on the SQL Server Settings page of the wizard, specify the previously upgraded database.

    noteNote
    For more information about the minimum system requirements for installing the VMM server, see System Requirements: VMM Server.

  8. Follow the instructions for installing the VMM 2008 R2 SP1 VMM Administrator Console, and then connect it to the new VMM 2008 R2 SP1 VMM server, and if necessary, install the VMM Self-Service Portal. For more information, see New Installation of VMM.

  9. In the VMM Administrator Console, in Hosts view, click one or more hosts, and then, in the Actions pane, click Refresh.

  10. In the VMM Administrator Console, in Library view, click one or more library server, and then, in the Actions pane, click Refresh.

  11. In the VMM Administrator Console, in Administration view, click Managed Computers.

  12. If you installed the VMM 2008 R2 SP1 VMM server on the same computer as your VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC VMM server, hosts and library servers that were previously managed by VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC will have an agent status of Access Denied and an agent version status of Upgrade Available. To update the agents, select one or more managed computers, and then click Update Agent.

    The managed computers will now have an agent version status of Up-to-date, which indicates that the update for the agents on these managed computers is complete.

    noteNote
    So that performance is not adversely affected, it is recommended that you update agents in batches of 10 to 25.

  13. If you installed the VMM 2008 R2 SP1 VMM server on a different computer than your VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC VMM server, hosts and library servers that were previously managed by VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC will have an agent status of Access Denied and an agent version status of Up-to-Date. To update the agents, do the following:

    • Select one or more managed computers, and then in the Actions pane, click Reassociate.

      The managed computers will now have an agent status of Upgrade Available.

      noteNote
      So that performance is not adversely affected, it is recommended that you reassociate hosts and library servers in batches of 10 to 25.

    • Select one or more managed computers, and then click Update Agent.

      The managed computers will now have an agent version status of Up-to-Date, which indicates that the update for the agents on these managed computers is complete.

      noteNote
      So that performance is not adversely affected, it is recommended that you update agents in batches of 10 to 25.

 
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