How to upgrade DPM 2012 R2 to DPM 2016 if DPM 2012 R2 is used to protect VMware VMs

Applies to: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

Summary


If you use Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager to protect VMware virtual machines, you can't upgrade to System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager even after you stop the protection, unless you follow the upgrade procedure in this article.

 

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Follow these steps to upgrade to System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager:

  1. Open the System Center 2012 R2 DPM Administrator Console.
  2. Stop the protection of the VMware VMs, and delete all VM backups. Make sure that you delete all backups on disks and online, including any inactive backups.
  3. On the Management tab, click Production Servers, and then remove all VMware servers.
  4. Click Production Servers, and then click Manage VMware Credentials.
  5. Remove all the credentials from the Manage VMware Credentials dialog box.
  6. Close the System Center 2012 R2 DPM Administrator Console.
  7. Stop the following Data Protection Manager services: DPMAC, DPMAMService, DpmCPWrapperService, DPMLA, DPMRA, DPMVmmHelperService, DPMWriter, and MSDPM.
  8. Open Windows PowerShell and use the Run as administrator option.
  9. Run the following command in the Windows PowerShell window:
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature –Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V –All –NoRestart
  10. Restart the Data Protection Manager server to avoid a restart during the upgrade. Make sure that all Data Protection Manager services that were mentioned in the previous step are in Stopped state.
  11. Open SQL Server Management Studio and back up the DPMDB that is the database for Data Protection Manager.
  12. Download the SQL script and run the script in SQL Server Management Studio.

    Note If the script fails, the DPMDB database will continue to be in a good state. Save the output log from the SQL script for further debugging.
  13. Open the System Center 2012 R2 DPM Administrator Console.
  14. For each protection group that had a VMware VM as one of the protected data sources, follow these steps:

     
    1. Click Modify Protection Group.
    2. Follow the wizard to the last page without changing anything.
    3. On the last page, click Update.

    Note These steps will cancel any running jobs for a protection group.
  15. Close the System Center 2012 R2 DPM Administrator Console.
  16. Start the upgrade to System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager.