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How to Uninstall a Highly Available VMM Management Server

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 use the following procedures to uninstall a highly available VMM management server. To uninstall high availability completely, you will need to uninstall highly available VMM management server from each node in the cluster.

Before uninstalling VMM, ensure that the VMM console and the VMM command shell are closed. If you are uninstalling an additional node of a highly available VMM management server, use Failover Cluster Manager to ensure that the node is not currently the owner of the highly available service. If the node is the current owner, move the service to another node in the cluster.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the computer that you are configuring is the minimum required to complete these procedures.

To uninstall an additional node of a highly available VMM management server

  1. On a computer on which the highly available VMM management server is installed, click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.

  3. Under Name, double-click Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager.

  4. On the What would you like to do? page, click Remove features.

  5. On the Select features to remove page, select the VMM management server check box, and then click Next.

    noteNote
    If you also want to uninstall the VMM console, select the VMM console check box.

  6. On the Database options page, click Next.

  7. On the Summary page, review your selections and do one of the following:

    • Click Previous to change any selections.

    • Click Uninstall to uninstall the VMM management server.

    After you click Uninstall, the Uninstalling features page appears and uninstallation progress is displayed.

  8. After the VMM management server is uninstalled, on the The selected features were removed successfully page, click Close.

To uninstall the last node of a highly available VMM management server

  1. On the last node on which the highly available VMM management server is installed, click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Under Programs, click Uninstall a program.

  3. Under Name, double-click Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager.

  4. On the What would you like to do? page, click Remove features.

  5. On the Select features to remove page, select the VMM management server check box.

  6. When you are prompted whether you want to uninstall the last node of the highly available VMM management server, click Yes.

  7. On the Select features to remove page, click Next.

    noteNote
    If you also want to uninstall the VMM console, select the VMM console check box.

  8. On the Database options page, select whether you want to retain or remove the VMM database, and, if necessary, enter credentials for the database, and then click Next.

    ImportantImportant
    If you select Retain database, you can only use this database with a highly available VMM management server installation. The retained database cannot be used with a standalone installation of VMM management server.

  9. On the Summary page, review your selections and do one of the following:

    • Click Previous to change any selections.

    • Click Uninstall to uninstall the VMM management server.

  10. After you click Uninstall, the Uninstalling features page appears and uninstallation progress is displayed.

  11. After the VMM management server is uninstalled, on the The selected features were removed successfully page, click Close.

noteNote
If there is a problem with uninstallation completing successfully, consult the log files in the %SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData\VMMLogs folder. ProgramData is a hidden folder.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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