Upgrading System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to Service Pack 1

After upgrading my test (Beta SP1) environment to SP1 went smoothly we rolled out SCCM 2012 SP1 to one of our customers (because of a running issue which should be solved in SP1).

It caused me some sweat but got it running eventually.
The scenario:
– Windows 2008 R2
– SQL 2008 R2
– SCCM 2012 CU2

Note: To install ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 with Windows Server 2012 and SQL 2012 SP1 see http://www.toolzz.com/?p=602

Here are the steps I took:
1. Install the WADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit)
First of all there are some extra requirements to take for the upgrade. In SCCM 2012 SP1 you no longer use WAIK, we’re now on WADK.
– Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=252874and download the ADK Setup.
– Run the ADKSetup.exe as an administrator

– I left the path’s default and choose Next
– Choose if you want to join CEIP and choose Next
Accept the Licence Agreement and choose Accept
– Check Deployment Tools, Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) and User State Migration Tools (USMT)

– Choose Next and install the Software

2. Installing the SCCM 2012 SP1 software.
– I Downloaded the SP1 software from the Microsoft TechNet Site. It’s a little bit confusing but
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection with sp1 x86 x64″
and “System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection x86 x64” with the date of 12 December are both valid.
– Start the Splash.hta on the disk
– Choose the Install option
SCCM SP1 Setup
– Choose “Upgrade this Configuration Manager site” and choose Next
SCCM SP1 Update 1
-Just note that there are more languages available then prior to SP1. Choose Next to continue
SCCM SP1 Update 2
– Check the prerequisite check. Because we implemented step 1 already we can continue by clicking Begin Install.
SCCM SP1 Update 3_1
In my case the installation took about one hour. The SQL database which was running on a different server was automatically updated.

3. The console issue
After starting up the console I bumped into an issue which was not very clear:

After upgrading to SP1 my console disappeared from my management server.
SCCM 2012 SP1 Console
After some troubleshooting I tried starting up the console from the directory; but it could not connect to the server.
Console issue SCCM 2012 SP1
This was strange, but after some investigating I discovered that the Console is not automatically updated with SP1 which causes this issue.
– Restarting the SP1 Splash.HTA and running Install Configuration Manager console solved the issue for me!
Update Console SCCM 2012 SP1
Checked the installation and we are indeed running on SP1 !!
SCCM SP1 Update 4
Henk Hoogendoorn posted a blog on what features are updated in the SP1 HERE.

System Center 2012 SP1 Released

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 has reached its “release-to-manufacturing” (RTM) milestone, Microsoft announced recently.
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RTM typically refers to feature-complete products, although the final “general availability” release of System Center 2012 SP1 is scheduled for early January.
The “release candidate” version of the product had been issued previously, but was just available to Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program testers. The last public release announcement seems to have been a beta delivered in September.

The software is now available on the MSDN site for partners and customers with SA.
It’s available on http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/.

A list of what’s new in SP1 for System Center 2012:
1. There are new Monitoring Capabilities under APM functionality:
                         o Monitoring of Windows Services Built on the .NET Framework.
                         o Automatic Discovery of ASP.NET MVC3 and MVC4 Applications.
                         o New Transaction Types: MVC Pages and WCF Methods.
2. Enabled APM of SharePoint 2010.
3. Integration with Team Foundation Server 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2012.
4. New monitoring capability allows for opening of APM exception events from Visual Studio IDE as if the exception was captured during the IntelliTrace historical debugging session. Developers can stay within their familiar environment to examine complete exception call stack.
5. New Management Packs and Support for Windows Server 2012 and IIS 8.
6. The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta version of Operations Manager can show you different perspectives of application health in one place—360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards. The 360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards displays information from Global Service Monitor, .NET Application Performance Monitoring, and Web Application Availability Monitoring to provide a summary of health and key metrics for 3-tier applications in a single view.
7. ACS support is now added for Dynamic Access Control – new feature in Windows Server 2012, where business data owners to easily classify and label data allowing access policies to be defined for data classes that are critical to business.
8. Support is added for CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu Linux.

The arrival of SP1 for System Center 2012 is a big deal because it will add management support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 and SQL 2012.

Without this service pack, there’s no management support for those operating systems in System Center 2012.


What about System Center Server licensing?

In sales and presales conversations my experience is that knowledge of the licensing suite is sometimes crucial to close the deal. Therefore this post about how the licensing suite in System Center is build.

To make things clear;
This part only counts for Server Operating Systems; not for clients (workstations)

Basically it is very simple; You can only buy the complete System Center suite, if you only use SCCM or only SCOM you still have to buy the complete suite.
Advantage is that if you license one product you get the right to use:
–  Configuration Manager
–  Service Manager
–  Virtual Machine Manager
–  Operations Manager
–  Data Protection Manager
–  Orchestrator
–  App Controller
–  Endpoint Protection
Now we’re talking !!

Licence models
System Center 2012 management licenses will be released in 2 editions differentiated by virtualization rights only:

-System Center Datacenter: Maximizes cloud capacity with unlimited Operating System Environments (OSEs) for high density private clouds.

Each Data Center license covers up to two physical processors, so you must count the number of physical processors on the server, divide that number by two, round up to the nearest whole number, and acquire and assign that number of licenses to your server.

-System Center Standard: For lightly or non-virtualized private cloud workloads. Standard Edition allows the management of up to two  “Operating System Environments” per license.

For each managed server count the number of physical processors and the number of managed OSE’s. You need the number of licenses to cover the greater number (processors or OSE’s).

Extra information:
– Both licenses includes SQL Runtime or SQL CAL
– Licensed Per processor
– Always includes Software Assurance (SA)


Time for a quick recap of the licensing suite:
Standard for servers with low or no virtualization
Datacenter for high density virtualisation

Underneath an example on what licence is to most suitable.

Are there separate offerings without SQL Server Technology?
No. All System Center 2012 products include the right to run a runtime version of SQL Server Technology (SQL Server Standard Edition) to support System Center so there are no longer separate offerings.

How much do the Server MLs cost?
The Microsoft Volume Licensing Open License No Level (NL) U.S. Estimated Retail Price (ERP) is
– $1,323 for System Center 2012 Standard
– $3,607 for System Center 2012 Datacenter.

For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller. Actual prices may vary. Microsoft does not determine pricing or payment terms for licenses acquired through resellers.

Why do the Server MLs cover up to two processors?
The server management licensing is simplified by standardizing on a processor-based licensing model. Each license covers up to two physical processors because the vast majority of servers contain an even number of physical processors.

Endpoint Protection?
Endpoint Protection is included in de suite. It is possible to install Endpoint protection stand-alone. For managing the Endpoint Protection software SCCM 2012 is required. For monitoring there is a management pack available. Without SCCM 2012 it is possible to manage the clients with policies but this is not an optimal situation and I do not recommend this.

Extra information:
Standalone Standard or Enterprise Server Management Licenses will be exchanged for a minimum of 1 System Center 2012 Standard Edition licenses per server or for the actual number of processors in use.
At the end of the current agreement term, you should do a self-inventory, documenting the number of processors in each server in use with System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise Edition or standalone Server Management Licenses covered with Software Assurance.
This will enable customers to receive the appropriate number of processor licenses based on System Center 2012 to continue their current deployments.
You should do this self-inventory using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit or other inventory tools and processes to accurately archive a time/date stamped inventory of hardware tied to System Center installations.
If you do not perform the self-inventory, they will receive two System Center 2012 licenses for each System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise Edition and one license for each standalone Server Management License.

Office 2013 deployment with SCCM 2012 SP1 (Beta)

Just another tutorial on how to deploy Office 2013 using Configuration Manager 2012 SP1.

Extracting the Office installation and customizing the installation
First I started to get the Office 2013 software from the MSDN site and extracted it into my demo lab share file.
1. In my case it was on \\demo-sccm01\Sources\Software\Office\Office 2013 Pro NL x64.

Second step is to customize the Office 2013 installation using the “Office Customization Tool”;
2. Go to a DOS prompt, go the Office 2013 folder and run setup.exe /admin
If the setup /admin runs well go to step 3, otherwise go to step 2.1
2.1 – Optional
If you run the setup.exe /admin you can receive the following error:

Files necessary to run the Office Customization Tool were not found. Run Setup from the installation point of a qualifying product.

To solve this issue, click HERE and extract the admin files in the root of the Office 2013 directory.

3. Choose Ok to create a new Setup Customization file

4. On Default File Types, I selected Office Open XML formats

5. On the Licensing and user interface check the I Accept terms and choose Display Level – none

6. Customize the further installation of Office 2013 to you’re needs.
7. Save it where the setup.exe is located. I used the name Office2013NLD_x64_Custom.msp

Next step is do deploy Office 2013 to the SCCM 2012 SP1 environment
1. Open the Configuration Manager 2012 console, Software Library, Application Management, right-click Applications
2. Create an folder named Office and a subfolder called Office 2013
3. Right Click Create application

4. Browse to proplusww.msi (location where you extract the Office, subfolder proplusrww) and click Next
5. On view imported information, click next
6. On the General information, make adjustments/notes and click next

7. Summary, click Next and choose Close
8. Select the Microsoft Professional Plus 2013 application, and select the Deployment Type tab, click Properties
9. In the Deployment Type properties, of the Microsoft Professional Plus 2013 application, go to content tab and change the Content location from “\\demo-sccm01\Sources\Software\Office\Office 2013 Pro NL x64\proplusr.ww” to “\\demo-sccm01\Sources\Software\Office\Office 2013 Pro NL x64”
10. Go to programs tab, Installation program, type setup.exe /adminfile Office2013NLD_x64_Custom.msp

11. If necessary you can go to the requirements section and add requirements like
– 1 gigahertz (Ghz) or faster
– 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32 bit);
– 2 gigabytes (GB) RAM (64 bit)

12. Select the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 x64 – NLD, change to Home tab and click Properties

13. Select “Allow this application to be installed form the install application task sequence action without being deployed”; this is necessary if you want to use it during the Operating System Deployment.

14. Select the Microsoft Professional Plus 2013 application and click Distribute Content

15. On the General, Click Next
16. On Content, click Next
17. On Content Destination, add the Distribution Point and click Next
18. Summary, click Next and choose Close
19. Right click on the Office App and choose Deploy, select All systems as collection (because we use it as an OSD deployment.

20. Just click next until completion, if you want to make adjustments it’s possible.
21. On the client force the machine policy retrieval

22. Open the Software Center, select Microsoft Professional Plus 2013 x64 NLD and click Install and the installation will start. After a minute of ten the installation is completed.
23. To check the deployment on the server, open the ConfigMgr console, go to monitoring, Deployments.
24. Select Microsoft Professional Plus 2013 and confirm the completion statistics