System Center Update

Upgrade to System Center Orchestrator 2016

System Center Orchestrator should be the first Product to upgrade to 2016, so we also will start with SCO.

The Upgrade is straight forward and an easy one, but we have some pre-checks to make sure everything runs smooth.

First we will make a small Health Check to make sure SCO is doing fine, afterwards we proceed with our Backups followed by uninstall 2012 R2 and Installing 2016.

Lets go.

SCO Health Check

We normally use the “Orchestrator Health Checker” to get a quick overview of our environment. You an download the small Tool here:

So take a look at your running and queued Runbooks and make sure nothing important is sill running or not to many Runbooks are in Queue.

After we have made sure that our SCO is healthy, we can take the next step.


SCO Prerequisites

System Center Orchestrator need at least Update Rollup 8 to be able to upgrade to 2016. Make sure UR 8 is installed, than we take the next step.

SCO Backup

Before starting with our Upgrade, we should make some Backups.

So open your SQL Management Studio and take a Backup of your Orchestrator Database

Also, to make sure, Export your Runbooks, by opening your Runbook Designer, navigate to the top Level of you Runbooks and export with all Settings.

Now we are ready to start the Upgrade Process.

Uninstall SCO

First, make sure all Runbooks are stopped, use “Orchestrator Health Checker” for this task.

Also make a note of your SCO Service User and your Password, you need to enter this information at the setup.

Then, uninstall your complete Orchestrator Environment, Management Server, all Runbook Server and all Designers.

After uninstall all SCO Components, the Orchestrator Database should still be available, pleased double check.

Install System Center Orchestrator 2016

So now we can start our SCO 2016 Installation.

Click Install to start your installation



Enter your Name, Company and Key



Accept the License Terms



Select your needed Features



Set your Service Account



Configure your Database Server



The installation should recognize your existing Orchestrator DB, please select to use this



See the Orchestrator User Group



Configure the Port for your Webservices



Take a look at the summary



After a few Minutes, everything should be fine.


Take a look at your Runbooks and do some testing.

Upgrade Integration Packs

Also make sure to upgrade your Integration Pack to a supported 2016 release.

Microsoft is providing a 2016 release here:

Please uninstall the IP from all Servers and unregister. Afterwards you can register a new IP and deploy them to your Servers and Designers. Upgrade should have no effect on your Runbooks.


See MS Article for more Information:


Michael Seidl aka Techguy

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