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Upgrading SCOM 2012 R2 to SCOM 2016

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in SCOM 2012, SCOM 2016

Upgrading SCOM 2012 R2 to SCOM 2016

Microsoft has recently launched System Center 2016 at the MS Ignite 2016 Event in Atlanta. So, before general availability (GA), the release-to manufacturing (RTM) bits can be downloaded from the TechNet Evaluation Center and tested for an evaluation period of 180 days.

System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 is the only supported upgrade path to System Center 2016 – Operations Manager. If you are using Operations Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you must first upgrade to System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 with Update Rollup 9.

So, if you have downloaded the SCOM 2016 RTM setup file, what’s next?

First things first, check minimum supported configuration:

Operating System: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Datacenter

SQL Server: SQL Server 2012 SP3 Enterprise, Standard (64 bit)

Refer below link for System Center 2016 supported configuration:

System Requirements for System Center 2016

Important: Before you start, make sure you accomplish the Pre-Upgrade Tasks. It’s very important, otherwise you may break your existing SCOM environment.

In our demo, we are using single server deployment of Operations Manager 2012 R2 (UR9)

Key Pre-Upgrade Tasks:

1: Backup Operations Manager Databases.

2: Cleanup the Database (ETL Table)

3: Remove Agents from Pending Management.

4: Disable Notification Subscriptions.

5: Verify that Operational Database has more than 50% Free Space.

6: Disable the Operations Manager Website in IIS.

Let’s start..

1: Double click the setup file and click Next.


2: Provide the path where SCOM 2016 setup files need to be extracted and click Next.


3: Click on Extract button to continue.


4: It will take few minutes to complete.


5: Click Finish to close the Wizard.


6: Open the folder where SCOM 2016 setup files were extracted.

7: Right click Setup file and click Run as Administrator.


8: Click on Install.


If you have performed the Pre-Upgrade Tasks, not need to bother about this Warning message as its asking to back up the Operations Manager DB and DW.

9: Click Next to continue.


10: Accept the license terms and click Next to continue.


11: Select the installation location and click Next to continue.

Our case, we are leaving it to default.


It’s expected as we don’t have Report Viewer 2015 installed on the server.


12: Download and Install SQLSysClrTypes (64 bit) and Report Viewer 2015 from below links:

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Feature Pack


13: Once the Report Viewer 2015 is installed, click on Verify Prerequisites Again button.

You should get All prerequisites have passed message.

14: Click Next to continue.


15: Provide System Center Configuration Service and SDK service account details.

We are using Local System account for our demo. It’s recommended to use service accounts for these services in production environment.

16: Click Next to continue.


17: Review the Configuration and click Upgrade button.


18: Sit back and relax, the installation may take more than 30 minutes to complete.


19: All the components are upgraded successfully.

20: Click Close button to close the Wizard.


21: Open SCOM Console and check the version, you will also notice new features like Maintenance Schedules, Tune Management Packs, etc..


SCOM 2016 Web Console doesn’t require Silverlight any more. It works on HTML5.


It’s time to upgrade the Agents.

22: Go to Pending Management and Approve all the Agents.

SCOM Agents, which were manually installed will not reflect here, hence can’t be upgraded through SCOM console. You need to install SCOM 2016 agent on those servers manually.


Microsoft has shared a Deployment Guide which provides high level overview of upgrading to System Center 2016 – Operations Manager from System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2.

Upgrading to System Center 2016 – Operations Manager

Note: Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2016 Operations Manager has also released by Microsoft. Its recommended that you apply the Update Rollup 1 for SCOM 2016 after 24 hours of the upgrade as it may interrupt the synchronization after upgrade.

SCOM 2016 UR1 can be downloaded from Microsoft site, refer below link:

Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2016 Operations Manager

Hope it will help.

1 Comment

  1. Does microsoft support an in-place upgrade from SCOM 2012 to SCOM 2016 and then a OS in-place upgrade from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016?

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