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Migrating to a new Site Server

Started by PaleFacedGinger, October 02, 2023, 09:15:29 AM

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We are migrating our ConfigMgr Site Server (where PMPC is installed) to a new server and decommisioning the current one. Is there a recommended method for this? Is it possible to migrate the PMPC install with it's settings or do we need to do a fresh install? If doing a fresh install will it recognise exisitng applications and updates in SCCM/Intune?

Many thanks.

Ben Whitmore (Patch My PC)


Restoring the PMPC config is easy, we have a guide for that at https://patchmypc.com/backup-and-restore-publisher-settings

You should also consider the code-signing certificate and SUSDB.

If the code-signing certificate private key is marked as exportable, its recommended to move that to your new WSUS server - especially if its a self-signed certificate. If the code-signing certificate is issued from an internal PKI, its not so essential to use-the same one (assuming the code-signing certificate that you use on your new WSUS server to sign updates is also trusted by your clients).

Typically we recommend to use the existing SUSDB if you are doing a site migration. You can install WSUS on your new site server and use the existing DB. You should then also migrate/use the existing WSUS Content folders too. This is a great video on considerations for moving WSUS to a new server https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBcJY8_uHCQ - of course, WSUS should be installed be you configure the SUP role as per https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/mem/configmgr/sum/get-started/install-a-software-update-point

Raunak Desai (Patch My PC)

Hey !

Happy to help. Feel free to reach out if you face any challenges in the future.



So. We ran in to problems with the backup/restore SCCM move last year so have now started a migration instead.
We have built a new SCCM hierarchy, with new database and used the built in SCCM migration to copy everything across from the old hierarchy. The question now, is what is the best way to proceed with PMPC. Is it still best to backup/restore PMPC and then go through and makes config changes where necessary?
Thank you.