Upgrading SCCM 2007 SP2 to R3
There are many new features now included in R3 such as centralized power management, managing mobile devices, enhanced scalability and performance, and greater insight and control that will make your job easier and save the company thousands. When I read the document I could not wait to test these out. You can read about these new features in detail here.
Below I will show you how to prepare your clients with the hotfix needed to take full advantage of R3 and the R3 installation itself.
Installing the SCCM 2007 R3 Prerequisites
In order to upgrade from SCCM 2007 R2 to R3 you need to install the perquisite hotfix. This hotfix will create a package which you will need to push out to the clients. To read more on the hotfix and to download the needed hotfix for the clients click on this link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977384/en-us. This document will give you a walkthrough of what you will experience.
This process will take a few minutes. The following wizard will appear as part of the installation. This wizard will create a deployment package that you will need to advertise to all the computers.
Click yes to create the package now.
You can select your own package name if you wish. I chose to keep the default for easier tracking of the deployed KB hotfix.
The wizard (by default) places the package source under the SCCM client install folder. I also choose the default folder for easier tracking of the hotfix.
Read through the note then click next. The hotfix installation begins.
The hotfix will take a few minutes to complete. You will see the confirmation below when completed.
Note: I wanted to see what would happen if I pushed out the hotfix to machine that did not have the SCCM 2007 SP2 client installed. I received the following error.
Installing the hotfix on an existing SCCM 2007 R2 client
The following is a manual installation on the SCCM server itself of installing the hotfix prior to installing R3. This manual installation is occurring on my SCCM Primary Server.
The installation will take a few minutes and will just close out. There is no confirmation of completion.
Overview of the package created by this process
Below is the package that is created using the process above. By Default the package is just created. It is not pushed out to any distribution points and is not advertised to any collection. In my lab I just created an advertisement and advertised it to my all computers collection.
Question: What if I do not install this hotfix? What is the implication?
Answer: There are power management features that are now a part of R3. These will not work which is stated here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977384/en-us: “The power management function of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 does not work on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client computers if this hotfix is not installed.”
Now you are ready to create your advertisement for the package as you wish to deploy.
Installing SCCM 2007 R3
You can now begin the SCCM R3 installation on the SCCM Primary server
Click Install > Configuration Manager 2007 R3
Notice that you must have SP2 installed on the site server in order to install R3. Once this is done, click next.
Read through the licensing agreement then click next.
The installation will take a few minutes. You will see the following configuration when completed.
At this time SCCM is now on R3.
The version 4.00.6487.2157 shows that this client has the SCCM 2007 SP2 R3 client installed.