This post demonstrates how the Sample Upgrade Helper MP for Operations Manager 2012 SP1 –> 2012 R2, was used when upgrading an Operations Manager 2012 SP1 Single Server Management Group to 2012 R2 in a lab environment (the sample MP can be downloaded from the TechNet Gallery).

For all Information on Upgrading System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager to System Center 2012 R2, go to
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249707.aspx

For more information on the Pre-Upgrade Tasks When Upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, go to
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249704.aspx

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The management server OpsMger.litware.com runs on Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1, the SQL Server version is SQL Server Enterprise Edition (64bit) 2008 R2 SP2 (10.50.4000.0) and a virtual machine running on a Hyper-V host.
For more information on the System Requirements for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, go to
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249696.aspx.

After importing the Sample Upgrade Helper MP (SUHMP2012R2), the initial upgrade state of the single server management group shown on the Sample Operations Manager R2 Upgrade MP Dashboard was as follows:

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Please read the Important Notes specified in the Instance Details widget if any.


The upgrade wizard page listed the following pre-existing features on the Single Server Management Group when the System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager installation media was launched:

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For the pages that follow, the default settings were used.    
   
As the Operations Console was available on the Management Server, the Microsoft Report Viewer Redistribution Package was required (as specified in TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249696.aspx). 
The Prerequisites Checker will show the following error message if the Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Redistribution Package is not available:

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The Microsoft Report Viewer 2012 Runtime MSI can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35747:
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However, the Microsoft System CLR Type for Microsoft  SQL Server 2012 will need to be installed first before Report Viewer 2012 can be installed, otherwise the following error message will be seen:

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The Microsoft System CLR Type for Microsoft  SQL Server 2012 can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29065
(Scroll down to Microsoft System CLR Types for Microsoft SQL Server 2012, then download the corresponding package, either X86 or X64.)
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Note: A restart will be required after installing Microsoft System CLR Type for Microsoft  SQL Server 2012.


When all prerequisites were met, upgrade was able to proceed with the default settings accepted for all other pages.

Upgrade of the single Management Server completed successfully as shown on the following Setup Complete page (the Eval license was used):

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The new upgrade state of the single server management group shown on the Sample Operations Manager R2 Upgrade MP Dashboard was as follows:
- Notice that the Component Version property of the RMS Emulator (single management server) has a value of the latest product version number, and that the Overall upgrade state of the management group and the management server in Healthy state.

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The last step involved upgrading the single Windows agent to 2012 R2 via the Pending Management view:
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After that, the upgrade state of the agent in the single server management group shown on the Sample Operations Manager R2 Upgrade MP Dashboard was as follows:
- Notice that the Component Version property of the agent has a value of the latest product version number, and that the upgrade state of the agent in Healthy state.

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Important Notes:

  • For all Information on Upgrading System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager to System Center 2012 R2, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249707.aspx
  • This management pack does not discover, monitor or display the upgrade state of Operations Manager 2012 roles other than the ones mentioned at the top. For example,  it does not provide the upgrade state of cross-platform agents and the Reporting server role.
  • This management pack only monitors the registry value of all discovered Operations Manager roles for the current version of the Operations Manager installation. It does not provide or run any pre or post upgrade checks. For more information on the Pre-Upgrade Tasks When Upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249704.aspx
  • The discoveries and monitors are configured to run at an agressive sample frequency to force faster detection rates and property value updates (30 seconds for the monitors and 300 seconds for discoveries). Use an override to modify the sample frequency value for the monitors and discoveries if required.




Disclaimer: 

All information on this blog is provided on an as-is basis with no warranties and for informational purposes only. Use at your own risk. The opinions and views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily state or reflect those of my employer.