Step-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide

Microsoft has recently announced the release of SCCM 2012 SP2 and SCCM 2012 R2 SP1. Before performing an SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 upgrade, we recommend that you read carefully all the available resources and carefully plan the upgrade process throughout your SCCM 2012 R2 hierarchy.

What’s new

The main reason you’ll want to upgrade to SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 is probably for Windows 10 support. No plan for Windows 10 deployment in your organisation? There’s interesting new features and a lots of bug fixes (thousands, which are not fully documented) in this release that are worth it. Do I still need to perform the SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 upgrade? See the full list of features on this Technet Article to figure it out.


The installation process is not like a Cumulative Update installation. The user experience is like a new SCCM installation.

  • In our case, the site is already R2 so we extract the SC2012_SP2_Configmgr_SCEP.exe to a folder and execute Splash.htaStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 1
  • Download the necessary files. You can download the file from the Technet Evaluation Center. The non-eval files will be available on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site on May 27th. You can install the evalutation version on a non-eval site without problem, it won’t “convert” your site to an evaluation version.
  • On the main menu, select Install
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  • On the Before You Begin screen, click NextStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 3
  • On the Getting Started screen, select Upgrade this Configuration Manager siteStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 4
  • On the Prerequisite Downloads screen, specify a location to download the prerequisite files. This folder can be deleted after the upgrade processStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 5
  • The prerequisite files are downloadingStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 6
  • On the Server Language Selection screen, select the language you want to display in the SCCM Console and ReportsStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 7
  • On the Settings Summary screen, you will see that you are performing an UpgradeStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 8
  • The Prerequisite Check is runningStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 9
  • Wait  for Prerequisite checking has completed and click on Begin InstallStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 10
  • Wait for Core setup has completed and close the wizardStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 12


Once the setup has completed, there’s a couple of check that you can make to be sure the upgrade process was successful.

  • C:\ConfigMgrSetup.log  – Display detailed installation stepsStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 11


  • Open the SCCM Console and click on the upper left corner on the blue arrow and select About Configuration Manager
  • TheConsolehas been upgraded toSP1
    • A new addition is the Site version which was not available on this screen beforeStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 13

Automatic Client Upgrade

Using the Automatic Client Upgrade option, your client will be upgraded automatically within 1 day using the value specified

  • Go to Administration / Site Configuration / Sites
  • Click on the Hierarchy Settings button on the top ribbon
  • Check the Upgrade client automatically when new client updates are available
  • Select the desired number of days you want your upgrade to be run
  • A schedule task will be created on the clients and run within the specified number of daysStep-by-Step SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 Upgrade Guide 14

Additional reference

Microsoft SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 FAQ

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