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June 26, 2009

A Guide to Upgrading to SCCM 2007 R2


Last time I walked you through installing System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1. However, there are some invaluable new features in SCCM R2 that you will miss out on unless you upgrade. After a quick overview of the new features I will show you the steps for upgrading to R2.

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 New Features

Application Virtualization Management – Now the machines you are managing don’t need to actually have the Configuration Manager client software installed on them. SCCM now supports running virtual application packages on clients with XP or above.  Here is some more information if you are interested. Get on board – application virtualization is the way of the future.

Forefront Client Security Integration – Use Configuration Manager to monitor Microsoft ForeFront Client Security configuration on the applicable clients. Here is a cute little scenario from Microsoft to give you an idea of how to use ForeFront with SCCM.

SQL Reporting Services Reporting – Seamlessly use the advanced reporting capabilities of SQL Reporting services from Configuration Manager. There are now exciting wealth of reports at your disposal! More info.

Client Status Reporting – Keep tabs on the health of your client machines. Get reports on clients who are not responding, are offline, and more.

Operating System Deployment – Create operating system images and deploy them out to systems. You can even deploy operating systems to several systems at once.

Upgrade Steps

First: Download and run the R2 upgrade file named SPLASH.HTA. See the link below to get your evaluation copy.

Start Screen: Click Configuration Manager 2007 R2 under the Install heading from the start screen. Remember this is an upgrade so you must already have Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 installed on this server.
Start Screen

Welcome Screen: Click Next on the welcome screen.
Welcome Screen

License Agreement: Read the lovely license, accept it, and click Next.
License Agreement

Registration Information: Enter your information and your product key. Then click Next.
Registration Information

Installation: What a pointless step!

Installation Process: Wait and watch as all the little blue guys fill up the line…
Installation Process

Setup Complete: When the Setup Complete screen displays – and I hope it does – click Finish.
Setup Complete

That was possibly the most painless install ever. Now go play with all the new features!

Want to Play Along?

So if you want to give this a try here are links to the evaluation copies of Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and the R2 up grade

Now that you have SCCM installed and upgraded take the next step: Learn how to manage updates, deploy software/operating systems, and more with System Center Configuration Manager Training.

About the Author

has a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University. During her three years teaching in public schools she taught computer skills to students and peers, maintained the schools’ networks and hardware, ran the libraries, and helped to facilitate technology throughout the school district. At Train Signal Lisa manages the production of training videos, does video editing, and helps with technical support.