Highly anticipated and now officially RTM across the board is the latest Service Pack 1 for all members of the entire System Center 2012 SP1 product family, namely:
- System Center 2012 Orchestrator SP1 (’Opalis’ 2012)
- System Center 2012 Service Manager SP1 (SC 2012)
- System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager SP1 (DPM 2012)
- System Center 2012 Operations Manager SP1 (SCOM 2012)
- System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 (SCCM 2012)
- System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 (VMM 2012)
- System Center 2012 App Controller SP1 (SCAC 2012)
TechNet and MSDN subscriptions, as well as Volume Licensed customers, can download the final RTM/GA bits from the respective web portals immediately*.
Because of tight product integration, the Microsoft recommended application of SP1 should follow the System Center 2012 SP1 upgrade sequence for the products as listed in sequence above. Before running the System Center 2012 SP1 update, do ensure that Update Rollup 2 or newer is applied.
SP1 enables the majority of System Center 2012 products to work with Windows Server 2012 as the base OS, including in-place OS upgrade plus new support for Windows Server 2012, Server Core Edition. This is valid as well with regards to new support for SQL Server 2012**, although the SQL Server 2012 AlwaysON feature necessitates further attention when used with SCCM 2012.
With native PowerShell support in SCCM 2012 SP1, and deployment target OSD support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, exciting times ahead are certainly guaranteed
* MSDN/TechNet since Dec 2012
** not supported in DPM 2012