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System Center 2012 SP1 was recently released. You can now download and install it for all System Center 2012 products.
Using the same installation media you can:
You can upgrade either the fully licensed version of System Center 2012 or the evaluation version of System Center 2012. Upgrading the evaluation version affects no changes to the evaluation period.
If there are multiple System Center 2012 products communicating and working together in your environment, there is a recommended order in which to upgrade them as to prevent problems in the environment. The recommended order is:
The official Microsoft documentation to upgrade to SCSM 2012 SP1 is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj900193.aspx
The official Microsoft documentation to upgrade to Orchestrator 2012 SP1 is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj900231.aspx
I am going to cover upgrading to SCSM 2012 SP1 and Orchestrator 2012 SP1 specifically.
I’ll cover several topics in this discussion including:
Preparing for the upgrade
To prepare for the upgrade be prepared for if things go south that you can get your data back. In general, here is what you’ll need to get prepared:
Note: If bad things happen, the documentation listed above covers disaster recovery procedures.
Performing the upgrade
Once prepared after taking precautions, time to perform the upgrade.
Particulars: In my environment, the SSRS Server role is located on the same server as the SCSM 2012 DW role so both get upgraded at the same time. If the SSRS server is remote, the procedure above details steps to upgrade that.
The Orchestrator 2012 SP1 upgrade process isn’t much of an upgrade at all except maybe for the Orchestrator SQL database. It is just a component removal and reinstall exercise.
Officially, Microsoft supports Integration Packs created for Orchestrator 2012 SP1 in an Orchestrator 2012 SP1 environment. These are the only supported scenarios.
Post upgrade or validation
Are any steps needed post install? How do we make sure that upgrade was successful?
Orchestrator 2012 SP1
SCSM 2012 SP1
These are the high-level steps I followed to prepare for and complete the upgrade for System Center 2012 Orchestrator and System Center 2012 Service Manager to Service Pack 1.
System Center 2012 SP1 Evaluation
System Center 2012 SP1 Includes the products listed below as you may already know this allows you to pick and choose the parts that are right for you while providing a linkage between all the parts. System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 are really better together.
Orchestrator provides a workflow management solution for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment.
Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization’s IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.
Data Protection Manager (DPM)
Data Protection Manager (DPM) enables disk-based and tape-based data protection and recovery for servers such as SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint, virtual servers, file servers, and support for Windows desktops and laptops. DPM can also centrally manage system state and Bare Metal Recovery (BMR).
Operations Manager provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter and cloud, both private and public.
Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management for the Microsoft platform.
Virtual Machine Manager
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created
App Controller provides a common self-service experience that can help you easily configure, deploy, and manage virtual machines and services across private and public clouds.
Endpoint Protection provides an antimalware and security solution for the Microsoft platform
If you're thinking of using any of these tools\products to help you manage your environment . Please refer to http://www.aka.ms/downloadSC2012
This post has been edited to include some info that was missing due to a posting issue.