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Updating SCVMM RTM Evaluation Version to Licensed

Now that VMM 2008 has RTM’ed, a lot of folks are asking what are the upgrade paths between the various SKUs of VMM. I wanted to list two upgrade paths here and the associated process around this.

Upgrade Paths supported by this method when the build number of VMM is the same:

1.      VMM 2008 Evaluation Edition –> VMM 2008 Retail Edition

2.      VMM 2008 Workgroup Edition –> VMM 2008 Retail Edition

Steps to follow:

1. Install VMM RTM Server EVAL or WORKGROUP
2. Uninstall VMM RTM Server EVAL/WORKGROUP with Retain Data
3. Install the VMM Full Version (Select or Retail SKU) while using the Retained data from the step above.
4. After installation, connect using the Administrator Console
5. Wait for the Library Refresher to run or right-click on the library server and select Refresh
6. Go to Managed Computers View and right-click on all the hosts/library servers. Execute the reassociate action for servers that are in the “Access Denied” state. Hosts and Library Servers should be usable again at this step.



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  1. Adam Key
    August 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I tried following these reults but have run into a problem. When I go through the VMM Server install (I uninstalled and retained data) I come to the SQL Server Settings screen. If I choose the Use Supported version of SQL Server, I use localhost as the server name and leave the SQL instance name as MICROSOFT$VMM$ and the db name as VirtualManagerDB (the eval was installed with defaults as well) and I receive an error that the installed database is not compatible with the version being installed. (ID: 235). If I choose the Install SQL Server 2005 Express I receive Setup has detected SQL instance Microsoft$VMM$ on the local server. (ID: 225). Select Use an existing SQL Server instance and try again.
    What to do?

  2. Mohamed Fawzi
    August 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Go into the install folder of SCVMM, installing SQL 2005 Express by manually. Then opened its configuration, enable the server browser service, as well as TCP/IP protocol. Start the server browser service, and restart the SQL Express service.

    Verified that it was working by going to command prompt and typing:


    you should be able to connect to the database with no issues.

    then chose to connect to a SQL server instead of installing it during the SCVMM setup and replaced MICROSOFT$VMM$ with SQLEXPRESS and you should be able to continue with the installation.



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