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Upgrade to System Center 2016

CFreemanwa|Last Updated: 2/15/2017
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Applies To: System Center 2016

If you are already running System Center 2012 R2 you can upgrade your environment to System Center 2016 by following the procedures and guidance in this article. Microsoft only supports upgrading from System Center 2012 R2 from one of the supported update rollup installations listed in the supported upgrade paths sections.


Make sure you are upgrading to a supported platform by reviewing the System Requirements topics.

Supported upgrade paths

Microsoft supports the following upgrade paths.

ComponentPrevious Version
Data Protection ManagerSystem Center 2012 R2 with UR10 or later
Operations ManagerSystem Center 2012 R2 with UR9 or later
OrchestratorSystem Center 2012 R2 with UR8 or later
Service Management AutomationSystem Center 2012 R2 with UR7 or later
Service ManagerSystem Center 2012 R2 with UR9 or later
Service Provider FoundationSee the SPF section for details
Virtual Machine ManagerSystem Center 2012 R2 with UR9 or later

Upgrade sequence

If you are upgrading an installation of System Center 2012 R2 that includes multiple components, it is important that you upgrade the components in the following order.

  1. Service Management Automation
  2. Orchestrator
  3. Service Manager
  4. Data Protection Manager
  5. Operations Manager
  6. Virtual Machine Manager
  7. Service Provider Foundation
  8. Windows Azure Pack

Component Specific Notes

The following topics provide detailed considerations for each component.

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