SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 – Is there an “Upgrade Only” Download?

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VMM 2008 R2 SP1 has been out for just over a week now and we’ve been very pleased with the excitement it’s been generating in the user community.  One question that’s come up a lot in the last few days is which download package to use and if there is an “upgrade only” package available.

We are only making full product installer packages available for SP1.  The reason is primarily because we want to make sure you don’t get into a situation where you can’t reinstall using your existing DB later on if you need to.  Since the older R2 installer won’t recognize the updated SP1 DB, you can’t use it with your DB if a reinstall is necessary at a later time. 

Because of that it’s important that you obtain and use the right package to upgrade from R2 to R2 SP1.  The SP1 edition you use for the upgrade must match the R2 edition you currently have installed, otherwise you will end up with the edition that you used for the upgrade.  If you accidentally use the EVAL edition for the upgrade, don’t worry, you have 365 days to obtain the correct licensed edition.  This is the exact same behavior that you would have seen when upgrading from VMM 2008 to VMM 2008 R2.

Here are the locations where you can download the installation packages:

365 day EVAL edition on Microsoft Download Center – use only for evaluation installs

Full licensed product on MSDN

Full licensed product on Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) site

If you have a valid VMM 2008 R2 license and do not have access to either of those download sites, then you’ll need to contact your sales channel to obtain replacement installation media for SP1.  Proof of purchase is required before we can send out updated installation media.

Hopefully these will answer a lot of the questions for the community.  Thanks again for your interest in this update!

Greg Cusanza

Program Manager

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 – Is there an “Upgrade Only” Download?

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  • And then there's the Technet version....

  • The excuse about the DB is a too poor excuse. To face that problems something called 'backups' existed for. Not to mention that even if it would be a normal update, the installer could get into the database to change the necesary data to revert the process again to the original R2 as many other Microsoft programs with SPs already do.



  • i have installed SP1 taken by   and now the versione was changed from Full licensed product on MSDN  to 365 day EVAL edition.

    now how can i do to change in full version? in msdn web site there is only System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1;  only the SP1 there isn't


  • What about people who have an NFR version of SCVMM R2?  How do you show proof of purchase for this?

  • We got the Boxed Version of SCVMM R2 too. Where can we get the SP1 Update Medium? Please Help!

    Our Sales Channel got no idea and the MS Support too.

  • @Christian: I have the same situation. I installed the trial version, however, when logging into my MS licensing portal to obtain the product key it says one is not required. So the question is, do I uninstall the trial version and install the licensed copy, and if so, will that screw up what I've done in SQL and VMM -OR- is there a way I can just "install over" the current copy.. OR will it update it automatically.


  • @Christian and @LaFemmdeGeek -- you will have to uninstall and reinstall SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1; there is a support article on how to do this so that you will not lose any data ---- if you do it correctly.

    Read through this TechNet article as it will assist both of you...

    Good luck.


    John W.