SCCM Migration Guide to new operating system

Jonathan LefebvreSCCM10 Comments

With the release rhythm of SCCM and latest requirements on the OS and SQL side, sometimes, it’s inevitable to migrate to a newer operating system to remain under support and also gain new features as part of the latest SCCM Current Branch release. This product is a complete SCCM Migration Guide. Over the years, we’ve done many migrations of all kinds, depending on the environment and needs. We created this complete SCCM Migration to a new operating system guide based on our knowledge and experience. This guide is a refreshed version of our previous post about Side-by-Side Migration to new Hardware. It also includes answers and how-tos to the most commonly asked questions on side-by-side migration. Also included: all the details to achieve the migration to a new operating system by using the Backup and Restore strategy. This guide aims to help SCCM administrator evaluate, plan, understand and achieve a … Read More

Refreshing a Windows 7 Computer to Windows 10 using USMT and SCCM

Benoit LecoursSCCM, WINDOWS 1066 Comments

Since SCCM 1511, you can use the new upgrade task sequence to easily upgrade a Windows 7 computer to Windows 10. But what if you want to upgrade a computer from a 32-bits operating system to Windows 10 64-bits ? You can’t use the upgrade task sequence for this specific scenario. Another reason would be that your company decided to use the wipe and reload option in your Windows 10 migration project. In those cases you will need to use USMT to capture data and settings from the users profiles before applying the new operating system. This post will describe how to upgrade a 32-bits computer to Windows 10 64-bits using USMT and SCCM. This post will be using hard-links without using a State Migration Point. Continue reading if you are not familiar with those terms, we will explain it later. Since you’re at the step of deploying Windows 10, we assume that you already … Read More

Step-by-step SCCM 1511 Migration to New Hardware

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Update 2018-04-05 : See our new guide that covers this topic and gives all up-to-date scenario With the latest version of SCCM 1511, many admins will be tempted to move to latest operating system and SQL versions. Considering Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL 2008 R2 are already on extended support and the way SCCM 1511 is designed for future upgrades, it can be good time to do a SCCM 1511 migration with the latest OS and SQL. As of now, all system roles of SCCM 1511 are supported on Windows Server 2008 R2, but if you are planning to use Windows 10 Servicing, you must use WSUS 4.0 from Windows Server 2012 and up. If you’re planning this scenario, you have 2 choices : Install a new server with SQL and use backup/restore function before upgrading to 1511. In that case, we recommend doing it in the following steps : Backup/restore on the new OS (The new machine … Read More

Importing Package Loop during Distribution Point Migration

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I had an interesting issue during a migration project from SCCM 2007. After the reassign process, some distribution points were constantly re-importing packages. They were stuck in an importing package loop during distribution point migration I found this issue when I went to see the configuration status of the distribution points (Monitoring / Distribution Status / Distribution Point Configuration Status) All problematic Distribution Points were having “pending” tasks even if the reassign process was completed. The DP were functioning correctly and packages that were marked as “Importing” were on the DP. When looking at distmgr.log I could see the import tasks repeatedly happening. Importing Package [PackageID][packagePath] into SIS on Distribution point [DPName] STATMSG ID=xxx Source=”SMS Server” Comp=”SMS_Distribution_Manager” The .DPU (distribution point upgrade) files were processed correctly, I could see them disappearing from the DistrMgr.box but it was coming back after a couple of hour. I decided to compare the properties of my different … Read More

Error in Migration Job with SCCM 2012

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During an SCCM Migration project, you may encounter this SCCM Migration Job error: “Object modified after Migration”. As per Microsoft Documentation, use an SCCM Migration Job for : Use migration jobs to configure the specific data that you want to migrate to your Configuration Manager current branch environment. Migration jobs identify the objects that you plan to migrate, and they run at the top-level site in your destination hierarchy. You can set up one or more migration jobs per source site. This lets you migrate all objects at one time or limited subsets of data with each job. You can create migration jobs after Configuration Manager has successfully gathered data from one or more sites from the source hierarchy. You can migrate data in any sequence from the source sites that have gathered data. With a Configuration Manager 2007 source site, you can migrate data only from the site where … Read More

SCCM Content Conversion not showing Packages when reassigning DP

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Symptoms :SCCM Administrators tries to Upgrade/Reassign a distribution point in a migration project. The Content Conversion tab is displaying There are no items to show in this view. This blog post will show how to fix this SCCM Content Conversion error. If you complete the wizard, the DP gets upgraded/reassign but the content is not (obviously). This happens because the package assigned to this DP is not migrated to the SCCM 2012 hierarchy. Microsoft definition of the upgrade feature : Many customers have large Configuration Manager infrastructures and are reducing primary or secondary sites to simplify their environment. They still need to retain distribution points at branch office locations to serve content to managed clients. These distribution points often contain multiple terabytes or more of content. This content is costly in terms of time and network bandwidth to distribute to these remote servers. This feature lets you reassign a distribution point … Read More

SCCM 2012 Migration Account Permissions for 2007 Hierarchy

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Each time I’ve done an SCCM 2012 migration from 2007, someone asks “How do I give access to the migration account?”. Looking at some blogs and technet you can read that the account requires : Read & Execute Access to the SCCM 2007 Database Full Access to the SMS Provider Read access to all objects Fine but how do I do that ? I decided to do a step-by-step guide : In the CM07 console, navigate to Site Database > Security Rights > Users > Right Click Manage ConfigMgr Users and follow the wizard. In the user name tab, add a new user your Source site Account Give the computer account read permissions to the CM07 site class and on all instance (***If you plan to perform DP Sharing / Upgrade you need to add modify & delete). The account will need read permission for each object type you want to migrate. (Collection, Package, Operating … Read More