Tasks to Perform Before Beginning the Upgrade to VMM


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager

Before beginning the upgrade process to System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager, perform the following tasks:

  • Review Prerequisites for Upgrading to VMM and Planning Considerations for Upgrading to VMM.

  • Complete all jobs running in VMM. All job history is deleted during the upgrade. For information about viewing jobs, see Monitoring Jobs in VMM.

  • Close any connections to the VMM server, including the VMM console and the VMM command shell, and connections made through the VMM Self-Service Portal.


    As of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the VMM Self-Service Portal has been removed.

  • Close any other open programs running on the VMM server.

  • Ensure that there are no pending restarts on the computers on which the VMM roles are installed. For example, if you have installed a server role by using Server Manager or have applied a security update, you may need to restart the computer. After you have restarted the computer, log on to the computer with the same user account to finish the installation of the server role or the security update.

  • Perform a full backup of the VMM database