Upgrade your SCCM 2012 SP1 to R2 Preview

Interesting read: Upgrade SCCM 2012 R2 Preview to SCCM 2012 R2 RTM

At TechEd Europe the availability of System Center R2 Configuration Manager Preview was announced. Since I’m running SCCM 2012 SP1 in my home lab, I found some free time (during TechEd) to upgrade my lab to the Preview release of SCCM 2012 R2.

Prepare for the upgrade
Before you can start the upgrade, there are some things you should know :

  • Since this is a Preview release, you should not run it on your production machines
  • Remove the current Windows ADK 8.0
  • Download and install the new Windows ADK (preview) 8.1
  • In the example below I’m only using one Site Server.

The Upgrade Proces
The only upgrade path Microsoft is offering is an upgrade from SCCM 2012 SP1 to the R2 release. To start the upgrade, just unzip the mu_system_center_2012_r2_preview_configuration_manager_x86_x64_2363050.exe and run Setup.exe in the SC2012_R2_PREVIEW_SCCM_SCEPSMSSETUPBINX64 folder.

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After you click Next the setup will detect that you are upgrading your current SCCM configuration.

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Since there is no product key available, we will choose for Install the evaluation edition of the product.

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Off course you will read the license terms before you click next.

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Select all the prerequisite licenses.

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Since only English is supported in the preview, the setup will remove (in my case) support for the Dutch language.

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Configuration Manager will be installed with the following settings. This screen will tell you again it will do an upgrade.

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If you not removed the old Windows ADK 8.0 and installed the new Windows ADK 8.1 (Preview)  you will see an error comparible to the one below. In my setup I also have to add my Site Server computer account to the local Administrators group on the SQL server.

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When all the prerequisite issues are solved (only the failed ones, you may ignore the warnings) we can continue.

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After some time the upgrade will be succesfull, this can take a while.

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Congrats! You have upgraded your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Preview.

At TechEd Europe the availability of System Center R2 Configuration Manager Preview was announced. Since I’m running SCCM 2012 SP1 in my home lab, I found some free time (during TechEd) to upgrade my lab to the Preview release of SCCM 2012 R2.

Prepare for the upgrade
Before you can start the upgrade, there are some things you should know :

  • Since this is a Preview release, you should nog run it on your production machines
  • Remove the current Windows ADK 8.0
  • Download and install the new Windows ADK (preview) 8.1
  • In the example below I’m only using one Site Server.

The Upgrade Proces
The only upgrade path Microsoft is offering is an upgrade from SCCM 2012 SP1 to the R2 release. To start the upgrade, just unzip the mu_system_center_2012_r2_preview_configuration_manager_x86_x64_2363050.exe and run Setup.exe in the SC2012_R2_PREVIEW_SCCM_SCEPSMSSETUPBINX64 folder.

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After you click Next the setup will detect that you are upgrading your current SCCM configuration.

image

Since there is no product key available, we will choose for Install the evaluation edition of the product.

image

Off course you will read the license terms before you click next.

image

Select all the prerequisite licenses.

image

Since only English is supported in the preview, the setup will remove (in my case) support for the Dutch language.

image

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Configuration Manager will be installed with the following settings. This screen will tell you again it will do an upgrade.

image

If you not removed the old Windows ADK 8.0 and installed the new Windows ADK 8.1 (Preview)  you will see an error comparible to the one below. In my setup I also have to add my Site Server computer account to the local Administrators group on the SQL server.

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When all the prerequisite issues are solved (only the failed ones, you may ignore the warnings) we can continue.

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After some time the upgrade will be succesfull, this can take a while.

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Congrats! You have upgraded your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Preview.