Configuration Manager 2007 is running out of support – life cycle to ConfigMgr 2012 R2 now

Still running System Center Configuration Manager 2007? It’s about time to migrate to ConfigMgr 2012 (R2) now.


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As of writing this blog post it is less than a week left of the Mainstream support for ConfigMgr 2007. I’m quite sure you remember the pain to migrate from Windows XP in the last second so do yourself a favor and start the migration asap. There are a lot of good information out there on how to migrate but I’ve created a short (!) list of important things to know.

  • You cannot upgrade, that means you must run it side-by-side for a while
  • There are great migration tools included in ConfigMgr 2012 to migrate from 2007 – use it
  • Don’t get too exited and start with all new features in ConfigMgr before you have migrated all clients. Move the core functionality first – then start with all new stuff
  • Plan before you start, create a roadmap with milestones so that you know that you make progress in the correct order
  • Install ConfigMgr 2012 in a VM
  • Keep the SQL server together with the Primary Site Server
  • Read the two above notes again and FOLLOW THEM. Yes you as well!
  • Use the TechNet Forums if you need help

Happy migration!




About The Author

Tim Nilimaa is a consultant with Lumagate in Sweden. He has been working with Configuration Manager for 8 years. His knowledge has been selected as a speaker at many events among them Microsoft Management Summit.

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