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Does Microsoft support recovering a SCCM 2012 site from a VMware snapshot? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I can't find anywhere on Microsoft Website where it cleary says, it doesn't support recovering a Primary Site server (SCCM 2012), hosted on a VMware host. Does anyone have a clue?

    I always recommand using Built-in recevery mechanism that SCCM provide to accomplish this task. But the company I where I'm installing SCCM 2012 is proactive in restoring a system from it's snapshot. We have a hierarchy composed os a CAS with primary sites in different locations.

    So is it MS way or VMware way to go?

    Thank you!


    Big Air


    • Edited by Big Air Friday, November 9, 2012 6:23 PM misspelling error.
    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:26 PM

Answers

  • No that is not supported. I've done it but it is not supported at all and could possibly cause major headaches.

    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum/|

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:48 PM
  • My initial question regarding VM snapshots is still a doubt in my mind.


    That's not supported.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:11 PM

All replies

  • No that is not supported. I've done it but it is not supported at all and could possibly cause major headaches.

    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum/|

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:48 PM
  • Thank you for your answer!

    Any link to confirm this?


    Big Air

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:35 PM
  • The ONLY supported way to restore and SCCM primary site server is from the SCCM backup. No SQL backup, no snapshot, nothing other than using the SCCM backup, reinstall the OS if needed, install SCCM to the exact same path as previously installed on a server with the same name.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb633229.aspx


    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum/|

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:16 AM
  • Hello John,

    The link you send me, refer to SCCM 2007. From Microsoft SCCM 2012 documentation and Online Technet Library for SCCM 2012 http://technet.microsoft.com/library/gg712697.aspx#BKMK_RecoverSite . Microsoft is specific that you can recover a primary site with the following options:

    1. Recover the site server using an existing backup
    2. Reinstall the site server

    MS say's for otion 2. "You can Create a new database for this site This means that you can recover a primary site event if you do not have a backup of the Configuration Manager site database. When you have a hierarchy (this is my situation), a new site database is created, and the data is recovered by using replicated data from the central administration site for a primary site, or a reference primary site for a central administration site. This option is not available when you are recovering a stand-alone primary site or a central administration site that does not have primary sites."

    I just wanted to point that out.

    Also note taken from the link above, regarding the use of SQL backup done via MS SQL Server maintenance plan that supportd by Microsoft for SCCM 2012.

    noteNote

    Configuration Manager can recover the site database from the Configuration Manager backup maintenance task or from a site database backup that you start by using another process. For example, you can restore the site database from a backup that is started as part of a Microsoft SQL Server maintenance plan.

    My initial question regarding VM snapshots is still a doubt in my mind.


    Big Air

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:09 PM
  • My initial question regarding VM snapshots is still a doubt in my mind.


    That's not supported.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:11 PM
  • Sorry, this is new in CM12 "For example, you can restore the site database from a backup that is started as part of a Microsoft SQL Server maintenance plan." so I was wrong there.

    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jmarcum/|

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:16 PM