How to Upgrade System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator to System Center 2012 R2


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

When you upgrade a server that runs System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, all features that are installed on the server are upgraded. Before you begin the upgrade process, make sure that your server meets the minimum supported configurations. For more information, see the System Requirements topic in the Orchestrator library on TechNet.

To upgrade Orchestrator to System Center 2012 R2

  1. Stop all Orchestrator runbooks.

  2. Uninstall the Orchestrator management server, any runbook servers, the Web Service, and the Runbook Designer.

  3. Install the Orchestrator management server in System Center 2012 R2, as described in the Deployment Guide (

  4. Install any Orchestrator runbook servers in System Center 2012 R2.

  5. Install the Orchestrator Runbook Designer in System Center 2012 R2.

  6. If needed, install the Orchestrator Web Service in System Center 2012 R2.

  7. Take the Orchestrator servers out of maintenance mode.

Upgrading the integration pack for another System Center 2012 R2 component

The only System Center 2012 R2 component for which an updated integration pack is being released for System Center 2012 R2 is Virtual Machine Manager.

For more detailed instructions for upgrading System Center 2012 R2 components, see the guide “Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2” that is included in the file that you downloaded from the Microsoft Connect website. For each component you will perform the following steps.

  1. Uninstall and unregister the integration pack for the component according to the How to Uninstall and Unregister an Integration Pack.

    When you install an upgrade of an integration pack, you must first uninstall any earlier version of the integration pack from all runbook servers and Runbook Designers. You then register and deploy the upgrade of the integration pack. If you do not uninstall the previous version of the integration pack prior to registering and deploying the upgrade version, the upgrade version will fail.

  2. Upgrade the component.

  3. Install and register the System Center 2012 R2 integration pack for the component.

  4. Verify that Orchestrator is receiving data from the component.