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Upgrading from SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 to Latest? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    we're planning to upgrade SCCM to take advantage of all recent fixes / updates etc. My set-up is - site server running SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 (5.0.7958.1501) on Windows 2008 R2 Standard x64 SP1, 20+ branch distribution points running SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 (5.0.7958.1501) on Windows 2012 R2 Standard x64, separate database server runnign SQL Server 2008 SP2 on Windows 2008 R2 SP1. What version can I upgarde to and what upgrade path would you recommend please?

    Any information gratefully received.

    Thanks very much,

    Scott

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019 1:07 PM

All replies

  • The road is not truly straight-forward here as older versions of Windows and SQL are no longer supported by the newer versions of ConfigMgr meaning you can't directly upgrade. If your site server was running Server 2012 or 2012 R2 and your SQL Server was running 2012, then this wouldn't be an issue.

    Here are the high-level options:

    1: Upgrade in-place to ConfigMgr CB 1606, then upgrade the site server OS to Windows Server 2012 R2, and then perform in-place upgrades to ConfigMgr CB 1706, 1806, and finally 1902.

    2:  upgrade to ConfigMgr CB 1606. From there, backup the site (not server) and restore it to a new system running Windows Server 2016. Then you can in-place upgrade ConfigMgr to 1706, 1806, and finally 1902.

    For both options 1 and 2, the SQL Server instance also needs to be upgraded as well or the DBs moved to another SQL Server instance running a version supported by the latest ConfigMgr builds. This can be done before or after.

    3: Migrate to a new site. Lots of work and rework here, some possible lost configuration and settings is possible. 


    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:46 PM
  • Thanks very much for the reply, Jason - very much appreciated!! :-)
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:33 AM
  • Another quick question - I have been asked that if we just go as far as SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 - CU4         (5.0.8239.1501) first so as we don't have to upgrade OS or SQL, what would the high-level upgrade path be on that please?
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 1:13 PM
  • You wont be having the latest CB features then and what is the point of staying in SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 when you need a support for the Windows 10 SAC and other options like servicing and 0365 support?

    Its going to be supported until 2022, may be its good to go for the Refresh or upgrade as suggested by Jason.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/lifecycle/search/1060


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    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 2:06 PM
  • as far as SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 - CU4

    Kamala is spot on here. This is more or less meaningless and still puts you way behind as 2012 R2 is still 5+ years old.


    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:07 PM
  • Hi gents,

    yes, I understand your points completely (and agree with them completely too :-) ). I work for a company in the UK and we have a "sister" company. My remit now is just to align the two. The sister company is slightly ahead of us on SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 - CU4 (5.0.8239.1501) and we are on SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 (5.0.7958.1501) .

    Then as a bigger piece of work I'll be doing the upgrade(s) to 1902 ...

    Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:24 AM
  • Hi gents,

    yes, I understand your points completely (and agree with them completely too :-) ). I work for a company in the UK and we have a "sister" company. My remit now is just to align the two. The sister company is slightly ahead of us on SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 - CU4 (5.0.8239.1501) and we are on SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 (5.0.7958.1501) .

    Then as a bigger piece of work I'll be doing the upgrade(s) to 1902 ...

    So, for now, basically I just need the high-level upgrade path from 5.0.7958.1501 to 5.0.8239.1501
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:41 AM
  • OK, but keep in mind that managing Windows 10 is not supported by any version of ConfigMgr 2012 or 2012 R2.

    To get to R2 SP1 CU4 you need to install 2012 SP2 and then install 2012 SP2 CU4. From memory, this should preserve the site as R2. You then need to update the clients although I think that may happen automatically as that was added at some point near the end of 2012's development (it's been a long time so I don't remember specifically). And that's pretty much it.


    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:08 AM
  • Thank you Jason - much appreciated! Scott
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:43 PM
  • One last quick question please - when you're saying install 2012 SP2 and then SP2 CU4, what do those two things correspond with in the following list please?

    https://www.systemcenterdudes.com/sccm-2012-version-numbers/

    Thursday, April 4, 2019 3:05 PM
  • 2012 SP2 is downloaded from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-and-endpoint-protection.

    2012 SP2 CU4 is downloaded from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3195483/description-of-cumulative-update-4-for-system-center-2012-configuratio.

    The versions are 5.00.8239.1000 and 5.0.8239.1501. The versions are somewhat deceptive though -- and that table incomplete --  because 2012 R2 SP1 is actually the exact same build and version as 2012 SP2 in all technical aspects and both use the same setup to be installed. The difference comes in when you have R2 licensed directly or have ConfigMgr licensed with SA then you are entitled to R2.


    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:19 PM
  • Hi gents,

    thank you so much for your help and details on this - great stuff.

    Can I ask why there's no upgrade guide for going up to 5.0.8239.1501?

    Thanks very much as ever,

    Scott

    Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:59 AM
  • And another question please - do I have to update all clients at 5.00.8239.1000 and again at 5.0.8239.1501, or can I just update them once the both upgrades are?
    Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:01 AM
  • Because that was released 4-5 years ago. There probably were guides then, but most of the world has moved on.

    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Thursday, April 25, 2019 3:19 PM
  • With 2012, you have to move to the .1000 version first and then then .1501 (CU4) version as this is an .msp that only applies if .1000 is already installed.

    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys

    Thursday, April 25, 2019 3:22 PM
  • Hi gents, where can I download any or all of the following please?

    SCCM 2012 R2 - CU1 5.00.7958.1203 7958 N/A KB2938441 N/A
    SCCM 2012 R2 - CU2 5.00.7958.1303 7958 N/A KB2970177 Upgrade guide
    SCCM 2012 R2 - CU3 5.00.7958.1401 7958 N/A KB2994331 Upgrade guide
    SCCM 2012 R2 - CU4 5.00.7958.1501 7958 N/A KB3026739 Upgrade guide
    SCCM 2012 R2 - CU5 5.00.7958.1604 7958 N/A KB3054451 Upgrade guide
    SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 5.00.8239.1000 8239 N/A N/A Upgrade guide

    All of them have dead links for the download page.

    Thanks very much for your time,

    Scott

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 2:33 PM
  • Given that R2 (no SP) is not supported anymore, it's not surprising that the links for the CUs listed above are dead. You can download ConfigMgr 2012 Service Pack 2 (which is the exactly same thing as ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1) from the Microsoft evaluation center: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-and-endpoint-protection. Here's an old blog of mine (that's not even on my site anymore) that offers additional detail: https://myitforum.com/service-pack-madness-not/


    Jason | https://home.configmgrftw.com | @jasonsandys


    Friday, May 10, 2019 11:54 PM