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SCCM 2007 R2 to R3 upgrade

First of all, download the R3 upgrade ISO (which I did from our partner portal)

Extract the content and launch the splash.hta

Install Configuration Manager 2007 R3

To my surprise, I got the above error.

So I googled/binged the KB number and found

(You would think that MS included the hotfix in the R3 iso, guess again.)

Important to know:
This issue occurs on a computer that is serving in the following role:

  • A System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) site server
  • A System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 remote administration console
  • A System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 client


I went ahead and installed the missing update. (the this may take several minutes is no joke)

The reason why it takes several minutes, is because it depends how long it takes for you to find out that there is a window behind the installer asking for instructions:


What is it saying? Basically it creates a new program for you to update the SCCM Client on your computers, which you have to manually deploy after the installation of the update.
The reason for the update is related to the new power management features.

So, off with the actual update:

Once installation is done, open the SCCM console, go to Site Database, Site Management
Right click you site, choose properties.

On the general tab, you should see this :

So, what’s new??

Read all about it here:



DPM2010 End User Recovery Setup

So, after finally having setup DPM2010, I saw the option Configure End-user Recovery

Now, that might come in handy some day.
I decided to give it a try.

To begin, you AD schema needs to be updated.
The file you need for this is located here: “driveletter:\whereveryouinstalledDPM\DPM\End user recovery\DPMADSchemaExtension.exe”

  • You need to run this on a DC,
  • To be more specific, the DC needs to have the Schema Master Role.
  • Obviously, you need to run this under an account in the schema admins group
  • To be more specific, you need to right-click the file and choose run as administrator

    Otherwise you’re prompted to run the installation under an account from the schema admins group (even tough you’re logged on with the correct account)

  • You’re asked 3 questions:
    • The name of your DPM server (without the domain suffix so if your FQDN of the dpm is something like DPM2010.local, fill in DPM2010)
    • The name of your domain (so if you’re local domain name is .local, fill in Local)
    • Then it asks something else which I can’t remember, but it’s self-explaining.
  • Update takes a few seconds

Next, go back to your DPM server.

In the action pane on the right, click the Configure End user recovery…

When you mark the checkbox to Enable end-user recovery, you’re prompted with above message.
Message makes sense (for a change)

Before I go further, here’s a note:

DPM supports only short-term, disk-based recovery for end users”
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Ready for another one??

“When using the end-user recovery functionality of DPM, disable the local shadow copies on the protected server”

To recover data by using a client computer:
Click Start, click Run, and type the path to the protected data.
Browse to the file, right-click the file name, and then click Properties.
On the Properties menu, click Previous Versions, and then select the version that you want to recover from the list of available versions.