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Tasks to Perform Before Beginning the Upgrade to VMM in System Center 2012 SP1

Updated: June 11, 2014

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

Before you can install Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you need to uninstall the current VMM and to prepare the environment by performing the following tasks:

  1. Review Prerequisites for Upgrading to VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 and Planning Considerations for Upgrading to VMM in System Center 2012 SP1.

  2. Complete all jobs running in the current VMM installation; you can use the console to view jobs’ status. All job history is deleted during the upgrade.

  3. Close any connections to the VMM management server, including the VMM console and the VMM command shell.

  4. Close any other open programs running on the VMM management server.

  5. Ensure that there are no pending restarts on the computers on which the VMM roles are installed. For example, if you have installed a server role by using Server Manager or have applied a security update, you may need to restart the computer. After you have restarted the computer, log on to the computer with the same user account to finish the installation of the server role or the security update.

  6. Perform a full backup of the VMM database. For information about backing up the VMM database, see Back Up and Restore Virtual Machine Manager. You can also use tools provided by Microsoft SQL Server to back up the VMM database. For more information, see Backing Up and Restoring Databases in SQL Server.

  7. Uninstall the following:

    1. All components of System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager. On the Uninstallation Options page, select Retain data. For more information about how to uninstall the current VMM console, see How to Uninstall VMM.

    2. Uninstall Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK).

  8. Upgrade hardware, the operating system, and other software to meet the requirements of VMM in System Center 2012 SP1. Ensure that the server meets all requirements for VMM in System Center 2012 SP1, as described in System Requirements for System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager.

    1. Upgrade windows to a supported version of Windows. For more information, see Download Windows Server 2012.

    2. Upgrade SQL Server to a supported version of SQL Server. If the current version is supported in System Center 2012 SP1, this upgrade is not required.

    3. Install Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK).

  9. Upgrade VMM.

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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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