Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2

October 21, 2013

Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2

There is an updated article regarding the Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2

The article has been updated to reflect these changes. When reading blog posts like this. Always look at TechNet for the most up to date information.

First of all if you plan on upgrading more than one System Center component it is important to read the upgrade guidelines in the product documentation. It will save you a lot of time.

It is important that you understand the order to upgrade System Center if you do not follow the sequencing guidelines you might end up in a non-recovery situation

The upgrade order for System Center components are as follows:

  1. Service Management Automation
  2. Orchestrator
  3. Service Manager
  4. Data Protection Manager (DPM)
  5. Operations Manager
  6. Configuration Manager
  7. Virtual Machine Manager
  8. Service Provider Foundation
  9. Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server
  10. Service Bus Clouds
  11. Windows Azure Pack
  12. Service Reporting
  13. App Controller

Since Orchestrator is the first System Center component to be upgrades we better start upgrading it first.
I will perform this upgrade in my Lab environment and I currently use a single server installation with a separate database. I will point out the differences along the way if you have another setup in your environment.

There are some things that we need to do prior to installing the new version

1. Let your runbooks finish and make sure no runbooks are running.

2. Verify that you don’t have any pending restarts.

3. Backup your Orchestrator database (Full backup)

4. Verify that your hardware, software and OS version specs meet the requirement of System Center 2012 R2

5. Put all orchestrator servers in maintenance mode. (SCOM or your other monitoring software)

6. Uninstall all Orchestrator components management server, Runbook Designer, runbook servers and Web Service.

Do not uninstall any integration Pack (IP) at this stage. Leaving the System Center 2012 IPs in place makes sure that current functionality continues to work until the other components are upgraded. The old integration packs will continue to work until you upgrade the subsequent components, for example after the System Center 2012 – Service Manager upgrade (which is next in line) you will also deploy a new Integration Pack.
After the upgrade you will be able to run integration packs for a:
System Center 2012 component
System Center 2012 SP1 component
System Center 2012 R2 component
You can’t perform an in place upgrade, following message is displayed if the software isn’t uninstalled.


7. Install the Orchestrator management server
Click Install

8. Enter your registration information. Note that if you don’t provide a product key Orchestrator will be installed as an evaluation edition.


9. Select the features to install. If you want to separate your features you just select the Management Server. To install Orchestrator across multiple servers is a wise thing to do. I will post a separate post explaining why in the next day or so.
Management Server
The management server deploys runbooks and Integration Packs to the runbooks server and the runbook designer
Runbook Server
Runbook Servers handle running instances of active runbooks. Runbook servers require active communication to the Datastore (part of the Management server installation) Atleast one runbookserver is required per installation.
Orchestration Console and Web Service
The Web Components consist of the Orchestration console and the Orchestrator Web Services. The Orchestration Console enables real time monitoring and control of runbook operation and status from a brower based interface. The Web Service allows developers to build automation that interacts with Orchestrator runbook operations.
Runbook Designer
The Runbook Designer provides for creation, modification, testing and activation of runbooks and includes the Runbook testing Console.

10. Read thru the license terms and accept to continue.

11. Checking for required hardware and software

12. Configure the service account

13. Configure the database server

14. Configure the database and select existing database

15. Configure Orchestrator user group. This can be a local group or an Active Directory

16. Configure the ports for the web service. (port 81 and 82 are the default ports)

17. Select where to install.

18. Microsoft Update
I select Off (I update my environment with a local WSUS installation.)

19. Chose if you are willing to participate in the Customer Improvement program and how you will participate in Error Reporting.

20. Installation summary, review the selections for the components you are installing.
Click install to continue.
To change something click the appropriate Change link or click previous

21. Installing features

22. Finsished
Note the checkboxes that will launch Windows Update, visit System Center Orchestrator Online or wheter to launch the Orchestrator Runbook Designer.

23.Start your runbooks.

27. Take the Orchestrator servers out of maintenance mode.

28. Return to the Upgrade Sequencing Guide, next up is System Center Service Manager 2012 R2 Ler

C you in the next post, upgrading System center Service Manager 2012 R2

Start upgrading, you know I do

Ugrading Windows 8 to 8.1

October 17, 2013

When i first tried to upgrade my Surface Pro i ran in to an issue. I got a HTTP error 403.

To work this out, update your apps and install any security updates. Then browse in to the Store and there it is Ler

I’m downloading the updata at the moment and my next post will be from my new Windows 8.1 install.

Pre Order Surface 2

October 16, 2013

You know that the pre orders of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are available.


I have used my Surface Pro as my primary device since I got my hands on it and I must say I do love it. My two daughters have a Surface RT each and they use it all the time. Since the RT comes with Office installed they use it in school also and they really like it too.

By the way, I will not upgrade to Surface Pro 2 with you!
NOT because I don’t like it, because I LOVE the one I already have.

Price guidelines below for Surface 2:

32 GB – 3 895 SEK
64 GB – 4 795 SEK
Price guidelines below for Surface Pro 2:
64 GB – 7 895 SEK
128 GB – 8 795 SEK
256 GB – 11 495 SEK
512 GB – 15 995 SEK


Mark Your Calendars Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET The R2 Wave is Coming

October 16, 2013

I have read across twitter about the anticipation about Brad Andersons blog post,

Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming!

But since I live in Europe I don’t have to wait that long Ler

Microsoft will start this off at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand that makes it Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET. So we in Europe have less then 24 hours to wait for the update.

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will be provided as a free update. If you have installed the preview of Windows 8.1 there will be no update, how ever my friend and collegue Niklas Åkerlund @vNiklas has made a blogpost that makes that possible. Upgrade Windows 8.1 preview to 8.1 RTM with some quirks

But there is more J that also marks the time where we can start expecting the download of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, as well as the latest update to Windows Intune!

Keep an eye on the TechNet Evaluation Center…


You know I will!