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Friday, September 9, 2011

Upgrading VMM 2008 R2 SP1 to VMM 2012 RC



Well, the time has came to upgrade VMM 2008 R2 SP1 to VMM 2012 RC. You probably has heard that VMM 2012 has officially release as Release Candidate (RC) .

To download and know more on the latest changes, click

EVALVHD – Click here

Install package – Click here

Let start your journey to upgrade VMM 2012 RC to start enjoying the entire cool features which we have recently presented during Microsoft Tech-Ed New Zealand 2011.

Let walk through on some common scenario on the upgrade.


  • 1. WAIK for Windows 7.
  • 2. Minimum SQL Server 2008 with SP2
  • 3. Minimum Windows Server 2008 R2
  • 4. .Net Framework 3.5.1
  • 5. WinRM
  • 6. SQL Command Line Utilities

Note (apply to all scenario):-

  • Perform full backup on VMM and SQL before perform upgrade.
  • Close VMM Console & VMM Command Shell. No running jobs, patching and restart VMM Server before upgrade.
  • Remove integration with SCOM
  • Remove integration with Vmware
  • Make sure VMM Library is running Windows Server 2008 (minimum)
  • Remove Virtual Server 2005 R2. It no longer supported in VMM 2012.
  • Uninstall older version of WAIK and Install WAIK for Windows 7.


a) Upgrade VMM 2008 R2 SP1 when database is SQL Server 2008 with SP2


  • Follow above NOTE
  • Upgrade VMM components

Upgrading Video (Scenario A):-

Upgrade VMM 2008 R2 SP1 to VMM 2012 RC from Yoong Seng Lai on Vimeo.


b) Upgrade VMM 2008 R2 SP1 when using SQL Express 2005.

Upgradeexpress VMM2012

  • Follow above NOTE
  • Uninstall VMM Server with retain data
  • Uninstall Administrator Console and Self Service Portal
  • Uninstall WAIK
  • Uninstall SQL Express with retain database
  • Install SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Install WAIK
  • Attach the VMM Database using SQL Studio
  • Install VMM Server, Administrator Console and Self Service Portal with using existing VMM Database
  • Select Upgrade VMM Database
  • Upgrade Hyper-V Host with latest VMM Agents

Good luck on your upgrading process…