Can you upgrade from OpsMgr 2007 R2 to OpsMgr 2012 SP1? (#SCOM, #SYSCTR)

During some testing at a recent client engagement, we were going through the process upgrading from Operations Manager 2007 R2 CU6 to Operations Manager 2012 SP1 UR1. When we loaded the media for OpsMgr 2012 SP1 it stated that there were no products installed which could be upgraded. With a little digging and second perspectives from my team (Thank you to Marty and Jonathan!) it was pointed out that this is not a supported path but it’s not really spelled out that clearly. So to state this clearly:

 

You cannot upgrade directly from Operations Manager 2007 R2 to Operations Manager 2012 SP1. You must upgrade first to Operations Manager 2012 and then upgrade to Operations Manager 2012 SP1. We validated this both by attempting the direct upgrade, and through the documentation link at the end of this blog post.

 

Also, as a good lessons learned on this do a full backup of the Operations Manager environment (including databases, management servers, etc) prior to the upgrade to Operations Manager 2012 and also prior to the upgrade to Operations Manager 2012 SP1.

 

Reference links:

SP1 release notes: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/jj656651.aspx

and the ‘Upgrading from System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2′ page says “Applies To: System Center 2012 – Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1″ at the top.

Upgrading from System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/hh476934.aspx

Upgrading System Center 2012 – Operations Manager to System Center 2012 SP1: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj899854.aspx

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The only supported upgrade path to System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Operations Manager is from System Center 2012 – Operations Manager. If you are upgrading from System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, you must first upgrade to System Center 2012 – Operations Manager. See Upgrading to System Center 2012 – Operations Manager for complete upgrade information.

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  1. Avatar of Wilson W.Wilson W.

    Ahh, thanks for this Cameron.  This is very timely as I am actually going to be upgrading my SCOM2007 R2 environment to SCOM2012 next week.  You probably just saved me a couple of hours of me scratching my head wondering why I can’t upgrade.  :)

     

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