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Determine Whether to Migrate Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Updated: November 1, 2012

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

In Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, the built-in migration functionality replaces in-place upgrades of existing Configuration Manager infrastructure by providing a process that transfers data from active Configuration Manager 2007 sites. The functionality provided by migration helps you maintain investments that you have made in configurations and deployments while you can take full advantage of core changes in the product introduced in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. These changes include a simplified Configuration Manager hierarchy that uses fewer sites and resources, and the improved processing by use of native 64-bit code that runs on 64-bit hardware.

Migration can transfer most data from Configuration Manager 2007. If you do not migrate Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, or if you migrate data and want to maintain objects that migration does not migrate, you must re-create non-migrated objects in the new System Center 2012 Configuration Manager hierarchy.

Use the following sections to help you plan for data you can or cannot migrate to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager:

Migration can migrate most objects from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. The migrated instances of some objects must be modified to conform to the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager schema and object format. These modifications do not affect the data in the Configuration Manager 2007 database.

You can migrate the following types of objects:

  • Collections

  • Advertisements

  • Boundaries

  • Software distribution packages

  • Virtual application packages

  • Software Updates:

    • Deployments

    • Deployment packages

    • Templates

    • Software update lists

  • Operating System Deployment:

    • Boot images

    • Driver packages

    • Drivers

    • Images

    • Packages

    • Task sequences

  • Desired Configuration Management:

    • Configuration baselines

    • Configuration items

  • Asset Intelligence customizations

  • Software metering rules

Migration cannot successfully convert some Configuration Manager 2007 objects and data to the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager database schema during migration. These objects and data must be recreated in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager database.

You cannot migrate the following types of objects:

  • Queries

  • Security rights and instances for the site and objects

  • Configuration Manager 2007 reports from SQL Server Reporting Services

  • Configuration Manager 2007 web reports

  • Client inventory and history data

  • AMT client provisioning information

  • Files in the client cache

For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

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