Query on Moving\Migrating SCOM 2021 R2 to Azure



We are managing SCOM infrastructure with 2000 agents (Includes Linux OS) managed with 10 Management Servers and also monitoring network devices. We are moving on-premise workloads to Azure.


And we are instate of moving\Migrating SCOM 2012 R2 to Azure.


Please advice the best approach & practice to be followed to Migrate SCOM 2012 R2 to Azure and also share ideas.


And also share idea how I need to do, ie. First upgrading SCOM to 2016 and further to 2019 and then I can move SCOM 2019 to Azure? Pls suggest the feasibility? We need to check on SQL SCOM DB & DW too for the scenario...


And also share any reference links for the above requirement.


Thanks & Regards,


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If you want to do an in place upgrade of SCOM, it will need to go from SCOM 2012R2 -> SCOM 2016 -> SCOM 2019 (UR1).


I would prefer to do the upgrade on-premise, and afterwards move to Azure.

The difficulty will be the supported SQL/OS version for each SCOM version. 
SCOM 2016 OS: (Windows Server 2012 & 2016)
SCOM 2019 OS:  (Windows Server 2016 & 2019)

SCOM 2016 SQL: (SQL 2012, 2014 & 2016)
SCOM 2019 SQL: (SQL 2016 & 2017)


So depending on your current situation, you can:
OS: Do an in place upgrade or install new management servers and remove the unsupported OS ones

SQL: Do an in place upgrade or move the databases to a new supported SQL environment. 


The biggest bottleneck will be the VMs hosting the SCOM SQL databases (disk latency). Carefully choose your machines that you will use. Use these articles to check on the available performance:


For the Management Server a DS2 machine will do.

Have fun Migrating!