In this second blog of mine, along with my coworker Partha Chandran, we are going to talk about the Distribution Point migration from Configuration Manager 2007 using the migration feature of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Before we dive into the steps that are involved in the actual migration process of converting Distribution Points from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, we would like to share some of the key considerations we took into account before deciding on our approach. Also, we will share some of the benefits we found along the way with our approach to migration.
Distribution Point Migration Planning & Considerations:
Having considered the key points around Distribution Point migration, let’s take a look on what is actually involved in the process of migration to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. You can find complete details about System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Migration feature at the http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg712672.aspx.
SELECT SRL.ServerName, SRL.SiteCode, PKGDS.InstallStatus, COUNT(1) AS COUNT FROM v_SystemResourceList SRLJOIN v_PackageStatusDistPointsSummPKGDS ON SRL.NALPath = PKGDS.ServerNALPathWHERE ServerName = <Server FQDN> AND RoleName ='SMS Distribution Point' GROUP BY SRL.ServerName, SRL.SiteCode, PKGDS.InstallStatusORDER BY 4 DESC
How to Pre-Stage Content
These steps are required only when you chose not to migrate Package objects using the Migration feature. These steps can also be followed for a few scenarios even beyond migration, for instance when a new Distribution Point is on boarded into the environment and you would like to pre-stage content on that Distribution Point. Or if an old Distribution Point fails and you are planning to replace that server with a new Distribution Point and provision the content on the Distribution Point as soon as possible.
So far, we have seen what the key planning considerations were to migrate Distribution Points from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, steps involved in the migration process, and also how to pre-stage content on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Distribution Points if you chose not to migrate package objects from Configuration Manager 2007.
By using the out-of-box migration feature in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, we were able to get the following benefits –
I hope you found this information on how we migrated Distribution Points & sites from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager helpful. Please post a comment if you have any questions.