How to upgrade SCVMM from 2012 R2 to 2016

Hi,

today I want to provide you a quick end dirty step by step guide how to upgrade you SCVMM from 2012 R2 to 2016.

The procedure is pretty much the same like in 2012 or 2012 R2.

Single Node:

  1. Uninstall SCVMM 2012 R2 and keep your database
  2. Install all needed requirements for SCVMM 2016 on your server which are noticed in the requirements* during the installation wizard
  3. Connect the “old” SCVMM 2012 R2 database
  4. Run all updates and your done

Cluster:

  1. Uninstall SCVMM 2012 R2 from all of your nodes and keep your database
  2. delete the cluster role of the old VMM (if you want to keep the name you need to set it new)
  3. Install all needed requirements for SCVMM 2016 on your server’s which are noticed in the requirements* during the installation wizard
  4. Create a new cluster role with the old name and IP
  5. Connect the “old” SCVMM 2012 R2 database
  6. Run all updates and your done

*You will require

That’s all 🙂

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4 Responses to How to upgrade SCVMM from 2012 R2 to 2016

  1. Manny says:

    Have you actually done this upgrade? This just sounds too simple and straightforward. VMM gives me the jitters as it is!

    • Flo says:

      Yes I but I did it last time nearly a year ago. Could be that it does not work with newer version but it is still the recommended path from Microsoft.

  2. Greg says:

    Hi
    I m planning to upgrade as well… my question would be if I can just shut down the current VMM servers, copy the DB and start to build the 2016 from scratch. and keep the old VMM and SQL servers in shut down as a rollback plan in case something goes wrong.
    thanks

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