Planning an Upgrade to Microsoft System Center 2012?

How to upgrade in the least possible time at the lowest possible cost

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Centralized management of software versions, settings, patches, upgrades and migrations is the only way to efficiently maintain compliance and security and control resources/budgets. Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr 2012) has been available for a year and many organizations are planning to move to it to take advantage of the new functionality offered.

ConfigMgr 2012′s unified infrastructure helps you to empower people to use the devices and applications they need to be productive, while maintaining corporate control. 

Understand the Challenges of a System Center Upgrade

The challenge for many organizations is getting to grips with what’s new in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 while at the same time planning and running a complex migration project without disrupting the business or end-users.

If you’re in this situation, wouldn’t you like the answers to these questions?

  • What new innovations are available for reliability and speed?
  • Can we shape our traffic automatically without any extra consoles?
  • How can I manage the project without spending even more money on servers?
  • If I remove the servers, how do we manage user data?
  • Is there a quick and easy way to set things up?
  • How can I upgrade in the least possible time at the lowest possible cost?
  • Is there a way to upgrade during the business day without disrupting and upsetting our users?

Considerations for an Upgrade Project

When planning an upgrade project, take the opportunity to carry this out as quickly and efficiently as possible through a combination of new ConfigMgr functionality and 1E’s optimized tools and services:

  • Flatten the organizational server infrastructure and cut on-going running costs by moving to a much more simplified ConfigMgr hierarchy
  • Use intelligent systems management to eliminate 90% or more of distribution point servers
  • Manage upgrades with minimal user disruption

Adopt a clear approach to a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade

Adopting a clear, six-phase approach to a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade project will guarantee project success:

  • Phase I – Discovery: Review of the current operating environment and processes
  • Phase II – Planning: Creation an architectural design that is constructed on the key technical, business and environmental requirements that were identified in the discovery phase
  • Phase III – Lab Implementation: Build, test and validate the solution design in a lab
  • Phase IV – Production Implementation: Build out the solution in the production environment and transfer the key components from the lab environment
  • Phase V – Production Pilot: After the production implementation phase, user acceptance testing and final sign-off, the production pilot phase begins
  • Phase VI – Deployment: A phased deployment to the agreed number of systems in the environment ensuring that the deployment goes as smoothly as possible.

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Brad Anderson , Corporate Vice President, Management & Security Division, Microsoft