Microsoft has just announced the release of SCCM 1511. Before performing your SCCM 1511 upgrade, we recommend that you read all the available resources and carefully plan the upgrade process throughout your SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 hierarchy. The good news is that our SCCM 1511 Upgrade Guide will list everything you need to know before applying this major upgrade to your existing SCCM 2012 installation. We’ve got you covered !

In this blog post, we will guide you through the whole upgrade process to bring your existing SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 to SCCM 1511. See our complete installation guide if your starting from scratch.

New Features

SCCM 1511 brings a whole new set of features. Don’t get surprised, the gap isn’t as big as 2003 to 2007 or 2007 to 2012. The console has the same look and concepts are the same. If you’re upgrading from 2012, the upgrade process is similar as applying a Service Pack. No need to do a side-by-side migration which is a pretty good news !

We suggest to read our blog post to know everything about the new features before upgrading.

Naming Convention

You may wonder why Microsoft has decided to name the next version of SCCM that way. You may heard the name SCCM Vnext or SCCM 2016 but the final name is simply SCCM. This is due to the fact that SCCM is now part of the new SaaS platform which means that its update cycle will be much quicker than before. Each new version will be named as SCCM YYMM (Year Month). The first release is 1511 (for November 2015). Microsoft needed a way to keep the same upgrade pace than Windows 10 and decided to opt for the same naming convention which makes sense. Here’s chances that a new build of Windows will simultaneously bring a new SCCM build.

Upgrade Path

Depending your actual SCCM version you have different options :

  • You can upgrade directly to SCCM 1511 if you’re running the following versions.  Keep reading, this guide is for you ! (Cumulative Update are not mandatory)
    • SCCM 2012 SP1
    • SCCM 2012 SP2
    • SCCM 2012 R2
    • SCCM 2012 R2 SP1
  • If you’re running SCCM 2012 (non-SP), you need to apply first  Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 before upgrading. Use our blog post to apply it and come back to this guide afterward
  • If you’re running a Technical Preview on your lab server. Completely uninstall it before doing a fresh install. An upgrade is not supported from a Technical Preview version
  • If you’re running SCCM 2007 a side-by-side migration is still possible but you must first start by a fresh install on a separate server. Supported SCCM 2007 is SP2+
  • If you’re running SMS 2003, you seriously need to upgrade your remaining XP computers !
  • If you’re not running any version of SCCM in your environment, refer to our full installation guide

Prerequisites

  • Our post focus on what needs to be done to upgrade a stand-alone SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Primary Site to SCCM 1511
  • If you have a hierarchy with a Central Administration Site and multiple Primary Site, start with the top of the hierarchy (CAS) and go down, upgrading all Primary Sites and Secondary Sites.
  • You need to upgrade your ADK version to version 10 before the upgrade process. See section Windows Automated Deployment Kit (ADK) of our Windows 10 blog post to know how to upgrade. Also consult this blog post from the product group to use the right version of ADK 10, there’s a bug in the latest release
  • If you’re planning to use Windows 10 Servicing, you need to consider applying this important WSUS update to your Windows Server. This hotfix is only available for Windows 2012, if you’re running your Software Update Point on Windows 2008, consider moving your SUP to a Windows 2012 server
  • Review the upgrade checklist from Technet

Database Replication

If you have a database replica for management point, disable Database replication. If you don’t use this function, skip this step and go to the Backup and TestDBupgrade section

  • Open the SCCM Console, browse to Administration / Site Configuration / Servers and Site System Roles
  • Select the Site System that hosts the management point that uses the database replica
  • Right click Management point and select Properties

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  • On the Management Point Database tab, select Use the site database and click Ok

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  • Connect to the SQL server hosting the replica databases
  • Open SQL Management Studio
  • Go to  Replication / Local subscription
  • Right click the replica and select Delete. Select Yes to the warning prompt

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  • Right click the publisher database and select Delete. Select Close existing connections and click OK
  • Connect to the SQL server hosting the site database
  • Open SQL Management Studio
  • Go to Replication and select Disable Publishing and Distribution

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  • On the next screen, click Next
  • Select Yes, disable publishing on this server and click Next, Next, Next
  • Click Finish

Backup and TestDBUpgrade

  • Before upgrading, perform a backup of your SCCM database.
  • It is recommended to test your Configuration Manager database before the upgrade.  Detailed procedure is available on Technet, here’s the resumed version :
    • Backup your site databse
    • Restore it on a SQL server running the same version as your SCCM SQL instance
    • On the SQL server, run the SCCM setup command line using the Testdbupgrade switch
    • Open the log file on C:\ConfigMgrSetup.log
    • If the process is successful, you can delete the database copy
    • If you have errors, resolve them on your SCCM server, do a new backup and restart this procedure

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After you successfully upgrade a copy of the site database, proceed with the “real” upgrade.

Running Console

Close all running consoles on the server. Check also if remotely logged users are running the console in their sessions. The setup won’t check that and you’ll endup having an error in the installation log at the end of the process.

ERROR: Configuration Manager console uninstallation failed. Check log file ConfigMgrAdminUISetup.log.

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SCCM 1511 Upgrade Installation

If you just upgraded to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1, you’ll recognize the process. The user experience is similar to a new SCCM installation or Service Pack.

SCCM 1511 Upgrade

  • Mount the ISO File and run Splash.hta

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  • On the main menu, select Install

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  • On the Before You Begin screen, click Next

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  • On the Getting Started screen, select Upgrade this Configuration Manager site

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  • On the Microsoft Software License Terms, check I accept these license terms and click Next

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  • On the Prerequisite Licenses, check all 3 boxes and click Next

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  • On the Prerequisite Downloads screen, specify a location to download the prerequisite files. This folder can be deleted after the upgrade process

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  • The files are downloading

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  • On the Server Language Selection screen, select the language you want to display in the SCCM Console and Reports

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  • On the Client Language Selection screen, specify the display language for your clients

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  • On the Usage Data screen, click Next. This new screen basically tells that you accept that you will send some telemetry data to Microsoft

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  • If you have an Windows Intune Connector enabled, you won’t have the Service Connection Point screen during the upgrade process. The Windows Intune Connector will be automatically replaced by a Service Connection Point
  • On the Service Connection Point screen, click Next. Connecting to the service enables your hierarchy to stays updated

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  • On the Settings Summary screen, you will see that you are performing an Upgrade, click Next

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  • The Prerequisite Check is running
  • You should have no errors since your site is already installed and running
  • Wait for Prerequisite checking has completed and click on Begin Install

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  • The installation is in progress. The installation will run for about 30 to 45 minutes depending of your server specifications
  • You can follow the progress by clicking the View Log button or open the ConfigMgrSetup.log file on the C:\ drive

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  • Wait for Core setup has completed and close the wizard

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Verification

Once the setup has completed, there’s a couple of check that you can make to be sure the upgrade process was successful.

  • C:\ConfigMgrSetup.log  – Display detailed installation steps. Funny easter egg here, still written Configuration Manager 2012.

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Console

  • Open the SCCM Console and click on the upper left corner on the blue arrow and select About Configuration Manager
  • The Console has been upgraded to SCCM 1511 – 5.00.8325.100

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Site

  • Go to Administration / Site Configuration / Sites
  • Right-click your site and select Properties
  • The Site Version and Build Numbers has been upgraded to 5.00.8325.1000

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Clients

The site server client version will be upgraded to 5.00.8325.1000. A full list of client version is available on this post.

Boot Image

  • Go to Software Library / Operating Systems / Boot Images
  • Validate that the Boot Images has been automatically upgraded to WinPE 10 on your distribution points

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Packages

  • Go to Software Library / Application Management / Packages
  • Validate that the Configuration Manager Client Package has been automatically distributed on your distribution points

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Post Upgrade

Upgrading your Secondary Sites

If you have any Secondary Sites, you need to manually upgrade them after the migration.

  • Go to Administration / Site Configuration / Sites
  • Select your Secondary Site and click Upgrade on the top ribbon

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  • Click Yes to confirm
  • You can follow the process by selecting the Show Install Status option on the top ribbon

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Intune

If you use Intune with SCCM, at the top-level site upgrades, install a service connection point. This site system role must also be reconfigured with your Intune subscription.

Database Replication

Enable the database replicas for Management Points,  if it was configured before the upgrade.

Maintenance Tasks

Reconfigure any database maintenance tasks you disabled prior to the upgrade. If you disabled database Maintenance tasks for SCCM at a site prior to the upgrade, reconfigure those tasks at the site using the same settings that were in place prior to the upgrade

Updating the Clients and Consoles

Once your site is successfully upgraded, you need to upgrade the clients and console to SCCM 1511. A lower version of the console won’t be able to connect to a newer site. A outdated client will still be able to communicate with your Management Point but we recommend to update them.

Console

You can manually upgrade by browsing to .\ConfigMgrInstallationFolder\tools\ConsoleSetup and execute ConsoleSetup.exe on each computer running the console.

We suggest to create a package or application pointing on the same directory and deploy it using a collection.

All clients with the SCCM console installed

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS on SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS.ResourceID = SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_G_System_ADD_REMOVE_PROGRAMS.DisplayName = 'System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Console'

Clients

To upgrade the clients, you have various options :

Automatic Client Upgrade

Using the Client Upgrade option, your client will be upgraded automatically within x days using the value specified

  • Go to Administration / Site Configuration / Sites
  • Click on the Hierarchy Settings button on the top ribbon
  • On the Client Upgrade tab
  • Check the Upgrade client automatically when new client updates are available
  • Select the desired number of days you want your upgrade to be run
  • A schedule task will be created on the clients and run within the specified number of days

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Client Push

Create manual collection and use the client push function to deploy your clients. This method gives you more control on the group of computer you are upgrading.

SCCM 1511 Upgrade

I like to create a collection that targets clients without the latest SCCM 1511 version. I use it to monitor which client haven’t been upgraded yet.

Here’s the query to achieve this: (You can also refer to our Set of Operational Collection Powershell Script which contain this query and 47 others that you see in the previous screenshot)

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System where SMS_R_System.ClientVersion != '5.00.8325.1000'

Report

You can run our Client Health Check custom report to track your client versions.

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Additional reference

Planning to Upgrade System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Official Configuration Manager documentation

If you need further help to understand and configure various SCCM site component, consult our Step-by-Step SCCM 1511 Installation Guide blog series. It covers all you need to know.

Happy updating ! 🙂

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Founder of System Center Dudes. Based in Montreal, Canada, Senior Microsoft SCCM Consultant, 3 times Enterprise Mobility MVP. Working in the industry since 1999. His specialization is designing, deploying and configuring SCCM, mass deployment of Windows operating systems, Office 365 and Intunes deployments.
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  • insure my car for 2 days
    Posted at 10:20 AM May 26, 2017
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  • Dave
    Posted at 2:25 PM April 15, 2017
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    Thanks for the very helpful install guides. You should make one clarification at the top:

    ‘Child primary sites start the CU update automatically after the central administration site completes installation of the update.’
    ‘You must manually update secondary sites from within the Configuration Manager console after the primary parent site update is complete. Automatic update of secondary site servers is not supported.’

    Thanks!

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    • Dave
      Posted at 2:24 PM April 15, 2017
      Dave
      Reply
      Author

      Thanks for the very helpful install guides. You should make one clarification at the top:

      ‘Child primary sites start the CU update automatically after the central administration site completes installation of the update.’
      ‘You must manually update secondary sites from within the Configuration Manager console after the primary parent site update is complete. Automatic update of secondary site servers is not supported.’

      Thanks!

  • Jacob
    Posted at 10:59 PM February 7, 2017
    Jacob
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    Hello, I am having a heck of a time trying to find 1511 upgrade in the VLSC. I see this in the search but not for 1511. Did microsoft change the name of it? Any help is appreciated.

    – System Center Config Mgr (current branch and LTSB 1606)

    • Jonathan Lefebvre
      Posted at 9:24 AM February 8, 2017
      Jonathan Lefebvre
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      Hi Jacob,

      I remember that 1511 was not easy to find in VLSC. As stated by Issac below, I remember it was something like System Center Config Mgr Client Mgmt License (current branch).

      Side-node, if you are planning to upgrade, I suggest you go straight to 1606 as the ISO is available.

      Jonathan

      • Roger
        Posted at 9:09 AM March 31, 2017
        Roger
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        Hi. I’ve been tasked with upgrading our SCCM infrastructure to 1606. We are on SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 – CU3 (5.00.8239.1403). I am reading that it is possible to go straight to version 1606, by using the 1606 ISO. However, other posts say I need to upgrade to 1511 first. Which option should I use? We have 1 Site with about 4000 active devices and 83 DPs (plus an internet facing server hosting SUP, MP, and DP in a separate AD forest and domain). If I am to go directly to 1606, do I simply do it using the ISO image (can’t do update in console), and also, would it be a big problem if some of the DPs were unreachable at the time of upgrade (some of our remote DPs get turned off after hours and on weekends) ?

    • Matt
      Posted at 6:35 PM February 8, 2017
      Matt
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      Did you ever find 1511? I can’t locate it either. can only find “System Center Config Mgr (current branch & LTSB 1606)”?? Why don’t they list 1511?

    • Bronson
      Posted at 5:40 PM February 13, 2017
      Bronson
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      Hey guys,

      I had the same issue. I contacted VLSC support and was told it was only available on MSDN. Our VLSC only had the 2012 products and the Current Branch version. Microsoft System Center support also told me the same thing and referred me to MSDN. So, we had to activate an MSDN subscription to finally be able to get the 1511 ISO file.

  • Chris H
    Posted at 4:51 AM October 3, 2016
    Chris H
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    Ultimately, I want to get our System Centre to the latest version of 1602 before we start deploying Windows 10 2016 LTSB, though I have to migrate to 1151 first.

    I am struggling to find a download for System Centre 1151. It is not appearing on our VLSC downloads, and I have also contacted Microsoft’s VLSC support department who stated that System Centre 2012 R2 is the latest version that is supported on VLSC and that newer ones will only appear automatically when they have been made available to VLSC.

    On top of that, do I need to purchase a new license for System Centre 1151? Or can I use the existing license, or do I have to obtain a new license at no extra cost?

    • Jason
      Posted at 9:11 AM October 3, 2016
      Jason
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      You can’t find it because you are looking for the wrong version. You should be searching for version 1511 not 1151.

      • brachus
        Posted at 4:35 PM October 3, 2016
        brachus
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        Actually I think the issue is that MS calls it Configuration Manager Current Branch in the VLSC. Searching for 1511 may not return it in the results

        • Chris H
          Posted at 4:50 AM October 4, 2016
          Chris H
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          If I search in our VLSC for simply the term ‘System’, I get the following results:
          System Center 2012 Datacenter
          System Center 2012 Datacenter with Service Pack 1
          System Center 2012 R2 Datacenter
          System Center Service Manager Server 2010 with Service Pack 1
          Microsoft E-Learning-Win Systems: Win 8, Win 7, Vista, XP (SCORM 1.2 packages)

          I see no other results. If I search for the word ‘configuration’, no results are displayed.

          • Issac
            Posted at 2:53 PM October 5, 2016
            Issac
            Author

            Don’t know if you already found it, but I found it under “System Center Config Mgr Client Mgmt License (current branch)” — click download and the last entry there should list version 1511.

  • SK
    Posted at 9:03 AM September 22, 2016
    SK
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    I have a client at 2012 R2 SP1 and they’re looking to go to 1606. It’s a single primary site server with about 38K clients and roughly 30 DP’s. Recommending upgrade option from current 2012 R2 SP1 > 1511 > 1606. They had a question regarding the additional site components. Do we have to wait for all site components to update before moving from 1511 > 1606? It took about 24 hours last time when we applied the SP1 patch to 2012 R2. Can we do the 1511 update and once successful move right into the 1606 update the same evening?

    -SK

    • Jonathan Lefebvre
      Posted at 11:47 AM September 29, 2016
      Jonathan Lefebvre
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      Hi SK,
      Yes! wait for 1511 to complete before going for 1606. You’ll have to wait for 1606 to download in all cases.

      Monitor the upgrade with the compmon.log on the primary server to help.
      Jonathan

  • SuperDale
    Posted at 9:55 PM September 12, 2016
    SuperDale
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    Does anyone know, if I’m upgrading from 2012R2 and heading to 1606, do i have to upgrade the clients at each upgrade stage?

    • Jonathan Lefebvre
      Posted at 11:26 AM September 15, 2016
      Jonathan Lefebvre
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      Hi SuperDale,

      No need to upgrade cilents at each upgrade stage.

      Jonathan

  • fotios magoufis
    Posted at 8:27 PM September 12, 2016
    fotios magoufis
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    Has anyone tried to install the upgrade where the sql is running on an active/passive failover cluster? i’m getting a hard block due to that and don’t know if it’s possible to proceed without rebuilding the sql instance.

  • Tim
    Posted at 7:19 AM August 25, 2016
    Tim
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    Author

    Looking to find out is upgrading from 2012r2 to 1511 will reinstall all the IIS setting if IIS has been deleted?

    • Jonathan Lefebvre
      Posted at 11:30 AM September 15, 2016
      Jonathan Lefebvre
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      Author

      Hi Tim,

      I don’t think the upgrade will repair/reinstall IIS. You should fix IIS then reinstall Management point, Distribution, WSUS, etc. before upgrading

      Jonathan

  • Tim
    Posted at 8:31 PM August 24, 2016
    Tim
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    Author

    Will doing a Upgrade from 2012 r2 sp 1 to 1511 repair any issues such as a missing IIS default Web site??

  • Bernie
    Posted at 2:34 PM August 15, 2016
    Bernie
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    Author

    Hi, So I’m a little confused. We have a small offline network (40 win7 machines, 10 server 2008 r2 machines, 1 server 2012 r2 with sccm 2012 r2 machine). I was just about to try and install SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP so I could start to incorporate w10 machines. Well it seems that we will be replacing all the w7 machines with w10 and all the server 2008 r2 machines with server 2012 r2. Will SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP still work correctly or do I need to move to sccm 1511? What is the real difference between the two?

  • Mark Rogalski
    Posted at 2:14 PM August 3, 2016
    Mark Rogalski
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    I rely on SCUP to update Adobe Flash and Reader.
    I want to use Windows 10 provisioning if I upgrade or move my Software Update Point will I still be able to publish the Adobe updates to SCCM?

    Currently I am on SCCM 2012R2 Sp1 CU3, installed on 2008R2 Server.
    With the release of Win 10 1607, I think it’s time I get SCCM updated before CBB rolls up to 1607.

    Dudes, please advise, I can’t find any definitive answers on this!

  • seb
    Posted at 2:51 PM July 20, 2016
    seb
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    maybe dumb question but do the addons to the console (like Dell Command | or now micro right click tools) or the mdt 2013 integration need to be reinstalled?
    I suppose they do but I don’t see that mentioned anywhere.
    thanks for the nice write up btw!

    • Jonathan Lefebvre
      Posted at 11:39 AM September 15, 2016
      Jonathan Lefebvre
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      Hi Seb,

      I’d say that for 3rd party, anything goes. Might work, might need update, might not work.

      As for MDT, if you integrated MDT 2013 Update 2, it will probably work directly!
      I haven’t tested with MDT so far.

      Jonathan

  • Kyle
    Posted at 9:55 AM June 9, 2016
    Kyle
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    After upgrading to 1511, the TS reboots to windows after installing configuration manager, and does not resume to install any software.
    smsts logs: “Failed to get the environment key”
    Failed with error code (0x800700EA)
    Anyone else experience anything like this?
    Thank you

  • Frank W
    Posted at 12:52 PM May 26, 2016
    Frank W
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    Author

    What’s the best way to update the SCCM 2012 client to SCCM, if the new environment is on a different Site Server?

  • Jeff M
    Posted at 8:32 AM April 26, 2016
    Jeff M
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    Author

    I just updated to 1511 and then 1602, the boot images did copy over to the right path location, however I still see the version 10.0.10240.16384 for version name. Is that a glitch or do I have to do something to show the correct version? I have ADK 10 OEM version installed. Thanks!

  • Russell
    Posted at 2:15 PM March 29, 2016
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    Sure would be nice if the install would ask for preferred language so we don’t have to download dozens of cab files that are irrelevant.

  • PGH
    Posted at 1:44 PM March 21, 2016
    PGH
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    Originally I ran 1511 setup and received the error:
    ConfigMgrSetupWizard Error: 1 : Exception message: [Unknown error (0x80005000)], Exception details: [System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80005000): Unknown error (0x80005000)
    at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.Bind(Boolean throwIfFail)
    at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.Bind()
    at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.get_AdsObject()
    at System.DirectoryServices.PropertyValueCollection.PopulateList()
    at System.DirectoryServices.PropertyValueCollection..ctor(DirectoryEntry entry, String propertyName)
    at System.DirectoryServices.PropertyCollection.get_Item(String propertyName)
    at System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.PropertyManager.GetPropertyValue(DirectoryContext context, DirectoryEntry directoryEntry, String propertyName)].

    I then setup and installed SCCm 2012 R2 SP1 successfully, all prerequisites were met, all is setup per design. All components are working.

    So then have retried an upgrade to 1511, and get the same error message.
    I’m using the evaluation version download. Any ideas?
    Or is there any specific Forest requirements with AD and 1511?

    Thank you!

  • BryanP
    Posted at 4:24 PM March 3, 2016
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    When you documented the upgrade to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 you said it was fine to upgrade your production environment with the install downloaded from the evalcenter. This time you’re saying to get it from the volume licensing site. Is there a reason not to use the file from the eval center this time?

  • David Guirl
    Posted at 2:14 PM February 23, 2016
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    SQL Permissions:

    While running the Setup.exe /testdbupgrade step, I had several permissions issues that I had to work out with my db admin. It turns out that db_owner did not suffice to run this test upgrade. The db admin had to give me “sa” permissions on the test sql server to run the test upgrade on the backup database.

    Did anyone else have this problem? I do not see any reference to SQL permissions on this how-to, nor on the Technet article referenced regarding this SQL test upgrade.

    • I. Garcia
      Posted at 10:24 PM January 11, 2017
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      DBO Permissions worked for me. I did need to manually run sp_removedbreplication ‘DB_Name’ in order to unlock tables that were replicated before I could run the /testdbupgrade

  • Simon
    Posted at 11:03 AM February 19, 2016
    Simon
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    Hello

    After the migration, all is good but the multicast doesn’t works (Failed to get SMS
    Could you have any idea to resolv this situation?

    Thanks

    • Benoit Lecours
      Posted at 10:03 AM March 3, 2016
      Benoit Lecours
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      Hi Simon, have you been able to resolve your issue ? If not, can you give more detail on your setup. Thank you.

  • heythere
    Posted at 4:25 PM February 11, 2016
    heythere
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    Thank you for the information!

    I was wondering if you decided to use the *Client Upgrade option from the site

    and lets say you have 10,000 client devices.

    Will the upgrade me be pushed out to 10,000 client devices all at once ???

    This could cause network issues.

    • Benoit Lecours
      Posted at 11:49 AM February 13, 2016
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      The Automatic client upgrade process let you choose a number of days to span the installation. SCCM will create a schedule task on all clients. (For example you put 14 days, it will create a task between 1 and 14 days for the installation to last 14 days)

      • heythere
        Posted at 4:31 PM February 14, 2016
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        Thank you for the information Benoit,

        if you are running

        sccm 2012 r2 sp1

        and sql 2012 sp1

        do you need any pre updates?

        Or could you just upgrade straight to SCCM 1511 which is the newest Microsoft SCCM version?

      • Matt
        Posted at 10:23 AM May 13, 2016
        Matt
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        This section in our console is greyed out, and we’re unable to check the box….
        “Check the Upgrade client automatically when new client updates are available”
        What are we missing to be able to use this to upgrade the clients

  • Olli Rajala
    Posted at 2:11 AM February 11, 2016
    Olli Rajala
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    Hi,
    We are having W2012R2 with SQL 2012. If we would like to upgrade the SQL to 2014 during SCCM upgrade to 1511, how we should proceed?

    Upgrade SQL before or after SCCM upgrade? And are there any guides for that?

  • Karl
    Posted at 8:05 AM February 10, 2016
    Karl
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    Hello Guys,

    Do you need to download version 1511 from the volume license site or can you use the trial version as with the previous upgrade to sp1? for some reason my volume license site does not show this version.

    Thanks
    Karl

    • Olli Rajala
      Posted at 3:11 AM February 11, 2016
      Olli Rajala
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      Hi,
      It was a bit hard to find, and at least for me the search for ‘System center’ didn’t find it. I just browsed all server software, and somewhere there was it. There is no version information on the name, because it’s just ‘System Center Configuration Manager’ now.

    • G. B.
      Posted at 10:53 AM October 19, 2016
      G. B.
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      Has anyone tried upgrading with the trial version if the existing installation of SCCM 2012 is MSDN or VLSC? As someone else noted, there have been notes that you can do that with prior release updates, but I haven’t seen a response on doing it with the move to SCCM v1511 or later. Thanks!

  • Brian Fillippo
    Posted at 9:51 AM January 28, 2016
    Brian Fillippo
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    Can the newer SCCM 1511 Management Console access an SCCM site which is a lower version (5.0.7958.1604) ? We are getting the following message: The Configuration Manager Administrator console could not connect to the Configuration Manager site database. Verify the version of the console is compatible with the version of the site server you are connecting to and then try to connect again.

    • Tinna
      Posted at 9:11 AM February 10, 2016
      Tinna
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      I get the same error, even after manually installing the console. I also tried a repair. Still cannot connect.

  • Pro
    Posted at 10:27 AM January 25, 2016
    Pro
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    We updated to 1511 and the primary did fine. However, when upgrading the Secondary DPs, it would fail. We later found out the SQL connections were on the wrong TCP port. How can this happen when it was working just fine? All our packages were working distributed before the update and it would happen to fail now during the upgrade of our secondary.

  • Rodrigo Fronza
    Posted at 12:01 PM January 11, 2016
    Rodrigo Fronza
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    Hello, First great job in this article.
    Did the procedures, installed the KB referring to WSUS; the WSUS console appears to products and Classification option -> Upgrades, OK.
    However in Administration -> Sites -> Software Update Point -> Classification does not show the Upgrades option.
    Synchronize Sofware Updates it´s OK. Any idea what could be?
    It is mandatory to update the Windows ADK v1511, since I already have the Windows 10 version ADK (10240)?

    Thank’s for your attention.

  • Codi
    Posted at 9:27 AM January 8, 2016
    Codi
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    We’re looking at moving our district from Windows 7 to Windows 10 over the Summer here. I just wanted to say thank you for the great resource.

    • baufinanzierung zinsgünstige kredite
      Posted at 9:21 AM February 11, 2017
      baufinanzierung zinsgünstige kredite
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      Naproxen did nothing for me either. I’ve been given Panadol Osteo which again does nothing. Panadeine forte, Which used to knock me straight out but now it has no effect. More recently I’ve been put on lyrica for pain but all it does is make me feel almost drunk – I can’t talk properly or walk and I make a fool of myself – and then it wears off and it hasn’t helped one bit. And I have valdoxan for sleep but again, it does nothing.

  • AK
    Posted at 6:34 AM January 7, 2016
    AK
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    Thanks for Upgrade Guide.
    I followed your guide and the upgrade seems to be done well.
    I have just one question: Normally after each upgrade I have new Software Packages for the Client and the Console available in the Console under: Software Library->Application Management->Packages->Configuration Manager Updates. But now there aren’t these Updates. Is this the normal after the 1511 Upgrade?

    If not, how to add them manually?

    Thank you

    Kind regards

    AK

    • Benoit Lecours
      Posted at 9:43 AM January 7, 2016
      Benoit Lecours
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      This is normal. The new client is in the default package “Configuration Manager Client Package”

  • Marco
    Posted at 2:23 AM January 4, 2016
    Marco
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    Thank you Benoit Lecours for this well described update guide, I’ve just succesfully updated to SCCM 1511!

  • Brachus
    Posted at 10:07 AM December 28, 2015
    Brachus
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    Please confirm that the Windows 10 Servicing within ConfigMgr 1511 is broken. MS is silent on the issue. Any attempt for the servicing plan rules to download the updates result in an error. There are a few posts online describing this and also a Connect bug for it.

    • Benoit Lecours
      Posted at 10:39 AM January 4, 2016
      Benoit Lecours
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      We’ll test that and post our findings.

  • Keywan
    Posted at 4:29 PM December 20, 2015
    Keywan
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    We’re currently running SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2. Looking at future support it would seem that we might be better looking towards installing SCCM on a Windows 2012 R2 server and migrating our current setup? If this is the case, are there any guides that you recommend following?

  • Keywan
    Posted at 4:25 PM December 20, 2015
    Keywan
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    Hi Benoit,

    I am currently running SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 with CU2 and ADK 10 and MDT 2013 Update 1 on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2. I am sure we cannot upgrade to sccm 1511 without SQL 2012 R2 and Windows 2012 R2. Are there any guides that I can migrate?

    • Jonathan Lefebvre
      Posted at 9:31 AM December 21, 2015
      Jonathan Lefebvre
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      Hi Keywan,
      Thanks for your comment!
      You could upgrade to v1511 even if you are running WinServer 2k8R2 with earlier SQL versions.
      The only part that would not work is Windows 10 Servicing as this require WSUS4.0, which comes with Windows Server 2012+.

      Migration will be used when you need to use this feature. First step will be installing a fresh version of 1511 on a WinServer 2012r2.
      You can follow the installation guide here for a fresh install.
      http://www.systemcenterdudes.com/step-by-step-sccm-1511-installation/

      We are working on a migration guide to cover this scenario. It should be up soon.

      Thanks!
      Jonathan

      • Keywan
        Posted at 11:16 AM December 22, 2015
        Keywan
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        Hi Jonathan,
        Thanks for your replay. Yes I know I can upgrade that to sccm 1511 with SQL 2008 R2 SP3 and Windows 2008 R2, but I cannot use windows 10 Servicing and further upgrades sccm 2016 I need a new SQL Server 2014 and Windows 2012 R2. If I install a fresh sccm 1511 on Win 2012 R2 and SQL 2014, should the servername, IP, Partition the same like running sccm 2012 R2 SP1? Because of side by side migration or backup and restore?
        Best regards

        Keywan

        • Jonathan Lefebvre
          Posted at 1:01 PM December 22, 2015
          Jonathan Lefebvre
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          Hi Keywan,

          The official way is to do a side-by-side migration. This mean new servername, SiteCode, etc.
          There’s no information about a backup/restore scenario mixed with the upgrade.
          But it should work.

          – backup 2012R2SP1
          – Reinstall OS to WinServer2012R2 (keep servername, etc.)
          – Reinstall SCCM 2012 R2SP1
          – Restore from backup
          – Upgrade to 1511

          Jonathan

          • Keywan
            Posted at 9:00 AM December 23, 2015
            Keywan
            Author

            Hi Jonathan,
            I am not sure if I have to reinstall SCCM 2012 R2SP1 again. I if go and upgrade with backup and restore, I dont need to reinstall sccm 2012 R2sp1 again, I only need to restore my backup to the new machine with wind2012R2 and SQL2014
            BR
            Keywan

        • Jonathan Lefebvre
          Posted at 9:46 AM January 5, 2016
          Jonathan Lefebvre
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          Hi Keywan,

          yes you need to reinstall SCCM prior to do recover from a backup.
          here’s more information from technet : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712697.aspx
          Note that changing the SQL version between the backup and restore is unsupported.

          If you prefer, the migration guide is up!
          https://www.systemcenterdudes.com/sccm-1511-migration/

          thanks
          Jonathan

  • Bindu Madhava
    Posted at 1:46 AM December 16, 2015
    Bindu Madhava
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    Author

    Hi
    I am trying to download the pre-req, but during downloading of SQLSysClrTypes.msi I am getting “ERROR: Failed to verify ‘F:\Binaries\v1511Pre-Req\SQLSysClrTypes.msi’ authenticode signature.” “ERROR: File signature check failed for F:\Binaries\v1511Pre-Req\SQLSysClrTypes.msi” and download fails. I even tried to externall download this file from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=617193 but even the downloaded file is giving the error. Any workaround ?

    • Benoit Lecours
      Posted at 7:52 AM December 16, 2015
      Benoit Lecours
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      Make sure that you can access Windows Update from your server. This thread has a couple of solutions, it’s all related to the server not able to download the files.

      https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/19e613c5-62b7-4810-88bf-5d1d6760316f/sccm-2012-install-an-error-has-occurred-while-attempting-to-download-or-verify-required-pre?forum=configmanagerdeployment

      • Bindu Madhava
        Posted at 3:23 AM December 17, 2015
        Bindu Madhava
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        hi

        Thank you for the response. I am able to download all the remaining files without issues. I even tried to download this file manually from the Microsoft site, but that too did not get validated from the setup. Below is the error that I get in my log, which says that it is able to download the file, verify the hash but unable to authenticate the signature.

        INFO: Downloading http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=617193 as SQLSysClrTypes.msi $$
        INFO: checking if there’s an explicit proxy server. $$
        INFO: Using IE explicit proxy information. $$
        INFO: WinHttpQueryHeaders() in Download() returned OK (200) $$
        INFO: Verifying hash for file ‘F:\Binaries\v1511Pre-Req\SQLSysClrTypes.msi’ $$
        INFO: Verifying signature for file ‘F:\Binaries\v1511Pre-Req\SQLSysClrTypes.msi’ $$
        ERROR: Failed to verify ‘F:\Binaries\v1511Pre-Req\SQLSysClrTypes.msi’ authenticode signature. $$
        ERROR: File signature check failed for F:\Binaries\v1511Pre-Req\SQLSysClrTypes.msi $$
        INFO: Downloaded file ‘F:\Binaries\v1511Pre-Req\SQLSysClrTypes.msi’ is not valid $$

        • Chris D
          Posted at 10:56 AM January 17, 2017
          Chris D
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          Author

          Was anyone able to find a solution for this? Seems to be happening on systems not connected to the internet

          • Bindu Madhava
            Posted at 11:45 PM January 17, 2017
            Bindu Madhava
            Author

            Hi Chris

            Yes I resolved that by running a full patch scan of my lab server (was not patched from long) . Once the patches were installed i was able to upgrade

  • Jim Williams
    Posted at 5:41 AM December 10, 2015
    Jim Williams
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    Great article, thanks.

    We’re currently running SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2. Looking at future support it would seem that we might be better looking towards installing SCCM on a Windows 2012 R2 server and migrating our current setup? If this is the case, are there any guides that you recommend following?

    Many thanks.

  • James Ihde
    Posted at 11:08 PM December 8, 2015
    James Ihde
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    Good evening. Your upgrade guide states that if your are on SCCM 2012 R2 that you need to upgrade to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 before doing an in-place migration.

    It appears from the release notes that you can upgrade directly from SCCM 2012 R2. Please see the In-Place Upgrade Paths here https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt627853.aspx

    If your current installation is:
    Your options include:
    A fully licensed installation that runs one of the following:
    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 1
    System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 2
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
    System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 1

    In place upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager is supported

    Let me know what you think. Thank you!

    • Benoit Lecours
      Posted at 8:16 AM December 9, 2015
      Benoit Lecours
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      Author

      Thank you for your comment, the article has been updated for clarification.

      • James Ihde
        Posted at 8:25 AM December 9, 2015
        James Ihde
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        Author

        Looks good. Thank you for the update!

      • Aron
        Posted at 9:02 AM February 26, 2016
        Aron
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        I currently have a license for SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. Does SCCM 1511 act as an SP upgrade, or do I need to purchase a new license for the product??

  • Pierre Rondeau Manningham
    Posted at 12:37 PM December 8, 2015
    Pierre Rondeau Manningham
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    Hi, do you know if the application catalog still runs in Silverlight?
    Thanks

    • Pierre Rondeau Manningham
      Posted at 12:48 PM December 8, 2015
      Pierre Rondeau Manningham
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      Actually found the answer:
      Software Center
      Software Center has a new, modern look and apps that previously only appeared in the Application Catalog (user-available apps) now appear in Software Center under the Applications tab.
      This makes these deployments more discoverable to users and removes the need for them to use the Application Catalog. Additionally, a Silverlight enabled browser is no longer required.

      • Aaron Whittaker
        Posted at 6:27 PM December 30, 2015
        Aaron Whittaker
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        Also, you need to enable the new SC before you can actually see it. it is in the Client Settings. Might be something to add to the instructions above.

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