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This morning we announced the general availability of System Center 2012 SP1! While the RTM bits have been available for a few weeks already to TechNet/MSDN subscribers and volume licensing customers, today marks the broad availability of System Center 2012 SP1 to all customers.
The System Center 2012 SP1 release is chock full of new features to light up the new functionality found in Windows Server 2012. The combination of System Center 2012 SP1 with Windows Server 2012 provides the foundation of what we call the ‘Cloud OS’. You can read more about the Cloud OS and how System Center fits into the solution in these other articles:
What is the Cloud OS?
Transform Your Datacenter with System Center 2012 SP1
Official System Center 2012 SP1 Release Announcement
Cloud OS Vision
You can read more about System Center 2012 SP1 and download a trial from the System Center home page:
We have also made downloadable VHDs available for evaluation:
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 - Configuration Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Service Manager (Data Warehouse) – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
The System Center Service Pack 1 setups for each component can be used to install a completely new installation of a System Center 2012 SP1 component or can be used to upgrade an existing component from System Center 2012 to System Center 2012 SP1. More information on the upgrade procedure can be found here:
You can read more about what’s new in System Center 2012 SP1 here:
Also, please keep in mind that we have been unifying the hardware and software system requirements as much as possible across components. You can find the new unified requirements, especially for SQL Server (with support for SQL Server 2012) and the operating system here:
Where can we find lists of bugs which was fixed in SP1?
This could be a silly question but where can you download SP1 from? I can find plenty of links to download evals of the various products with SP1 but can;t find a download for just SP1 to upgrade our existing System Centre 2012 deployment.
It's not really a silly question actually. For whatever reason the release management team has only made the bits available in the following places: Volume Licensing, TechNet/MSDN, Eval center. The bits are all the same. You can use the bits to (a) install a new licensed installation (b) install a new trial version and upgrade to licensed later by entering product keys or (c) upgrade an existing licensed installation from SC 2012 to SC 2012 SP1.
I've just started the process of virtualizing my servers on a brand new Windows Server 2012 cluster. I'm installing System Center 2012 SP1 to manage the environment and eventually build a private cloud solution for our mobile people.
In an attempt to reduce the possibility of problems, I want to make sure I have all necessary updates and hotfixes. What I need to know and cannot find an answer to is what rollup packages are included in SP1 for System Center. From what I can see the latest rollup is UR3. Based on the date of the update, I'm assuming it's included in SP1. Is this the case? Is this information documented somewhere?
GA = subscribers only...How is it GA if its only available to MSDN/Technet subscribers? Its not GA until its on microsoft.com/downloads imo.
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