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System Center 2019 and Windows Server 2019 – Upgrade in place


As known, System Center came out in its new version, now following the same concept of Branch (Current Branch) of Windows. From now on we will see the versions following the number that indicates the edition:


The 2019 version of the suite had no changes to main layouts or features, but adds several new features.

Today we have new 1801 version, System Center 2019 is version 1901 and expected launch date is March.

These resources can be viewed at the following link:

System Center Configuration Manager Upgrade

SCCM since the 2016 version is upgraded as a native and automatic feature. It has always been very stable and easy to perform, being available in Administration -> Updates and Services:

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Once started, you can go through the top bar menu and follow the whole installation step by step:

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Remember that it is not possible to interact with the upgrade after starting, but in case you choose to leave the features disabled in the menu shown in the first image, choose Features to include one of the new ones.

Personally I always prefer to install upgrades without selecting features and then include the ones I want, so I can study the impact and real need for more components running on the server.

System Center Service Manager Upgrade

Also simple to complete, enter the SCSM media and it will enter the upgrade mode where you will select which of the local servers is being updated. Remembering that it is important to know the structure to choose the correct server function that is being updated, in my case the Management Server :

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The update is very smooth, and at the end it is already running. The new self-service portal now offers the HTML5 experience without the need for additional components:

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System Center Operations Manager Upgrade

Microsoft has really learned how to make system upgrades with System Center transparent, fast, and efficient. The same goes for SCOM.

Similar to SCSM, just include the media and run the upgrade mode:

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The Warning message on the screen above exists from previous versions. Because System Center installers do not ask for a key, in some it is necessary to insert the key later.

To enter the key, run the SCOM PowerShell and use the command, remembering that now the System Center installation key is the same for the entire suite since the 2012 version:

Set-SCOMLicense -ProductId ‘xxxxx’

Upgrade from System Center Orchestrator and Virtual Machine Manager

To upgrade the SCO I had to uninstall the server first. The reason in my case was the installation of an update in the middle of the year that was beta and with that the automatic upgrade is not possible.

In these cases, uninstall the server with the Retain Database option turned on, even though the Orchestrator SCVMM is similar:

After uninstalling the previous version, or even for a refresh, redo the installation with the option to use an existing database:

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This means that the installation of both System Center Orchestrator and Virtual Machine Manager ends with the same existing data.

In many cases, Orchestrator and Virtual Machine Manager for in the middle of the installation with a generic database error, with the message: " DBSetup.exe fails with unknown error 0x800A0E7A"

If this happens in your case, download and install SQL Server 2012 Native Client – QFE available at

Upgrading Windows Server 2019 with System Center Services

On some of the servers, before upgrading Windows, I upgraded System Center.

That’s because System Center 2019 is compatible with Windows Server 2012 R2, but not vice versa. This means that it is more reliable first to upgrade the services and then the Operating System that is also compatible.

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Upgrading your System Center servers is stable, but be sure to always have a backup of the databases if a problem occurs in these phases.

It is also important to remember the rules of order, in general the Management Servers before the other functions.

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