Q: Does Microsoft have any guidance on the order to upgrade System Center to 2012 R2?
A: There is a specific order you need to upgrade System Center components, because only certain components are backwards compatible with older versions. Plus you might also be upgrading the OS version to Windows Server 2012 R2, which means you need the OS to be supported for tasks such as patching and backup.
Microsoft details the complete System Center 2012 R2 upgrade sequence, and it's very similar to the order required to upgrade to System Center 2012 SP1:
- Service Manager
- Data Protection Manager
- Operations Manager
- Configuration Manager
- Virtual Machine Manager and App Controller
The site also lists new components that you might want to deploy.