Microsoft has released SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 and SCCM 2012 SP2. Now you can download and upgrade your SCCM 2012 and SCCM 2012 R2 infrastructure servers to SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R SP1. In this post, I’m trying to explain the difference between two installers available for SCCM 2012 SP1 and R2. It seems most of the people (including me) are getting confused about which installer needs to be used to upgrade the existing SCCM 2012 SP1 or R2 environment.
Before start downloading the SCCM 2012 SP2 installer files (SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP.exe, SC2012_R2_SP1_Configmgr.exe), you need to understand which installers are actually needed for your existing SCCM 2012 SP1 or R2 environment. You don’t need to download the installer SC2012_R2_SP1_Configmgr to upgrade SCCM 2012 R2 to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. Rather you may need to download the SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP.exe. So, the binaries of SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 are same. More details about this topic is available here in Jason’s post.
So, what is the reason for having SC2012_R2_SP1_Configmgr.exe (1,128 KB) installer? If you’re a SCCM 2012 SP1 customer and you don’t have R2 features enabled. Now, you are planning enable R2 features then you need to download and install SC2012_R2_SP1_Configmgr.exe.
Johan had tweeted about the confusing error if you download and install “SC2012_R2_SP1_Configmgr.exe” in your existing SCCM 2012 R2 environment.The funny error is “To run this software, the computer must run System Center 2012 Configuration Manager with Service Pack 2.“
Download SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP.exe (780,310) from here.
Download SC2012_R2_SP1_Configmgr.exe (1,128 KB) from here.
More details about the new Features and improvements of SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 and SP2 are available in technet documentation.
- What’s New in System Center Configuration Manager
- Installation Instructions for System Center Configuration Manager
- Technical Documentation for System Center Configuration Manager
- System Center Configuration Manager Forums
- System Center Configuration Manager Survival Guide
- System Center Configuration Manager Support
Also, More details about strategy behind SPs (Service Packs) for SCCM (ConfigMgr) is explained here.