Paul Gregory | 29 January 2013
System Center Configuration Manager continues to evolve and add significant value with every release. Here are the major enhancements for System Center 2012 SP1.
Windows Operating System Support
System Center SP1 introduces support for Windows Server 2012 to run the roles of Configuration Manager and for both Server 2012 and Windows 8 to be managed. But CM also introduces support for deploying Windows To Go systems, manage user data including roaming profiles and folder redirection, Application deployment either by using the .appx file type or by supplying links to the Windows Store. And last but not least support for handling metered Internet, and always on connections.
New Computer Operating System Support
Support for MAC OS X, Linux and Unix clients, for all the primary CM functions (except OS deployment)
New Mobile Support
Support for Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, iOS, Android through integration with Windows Intune, for all the primary mobile CM functions
Cloud based distribution points in Windows Azure, for Internet Connected clients.
Standalone sites can now be added into a Hierarchy and the ability to migrate one CM SP1 Hierarchy to another
Multiple Software Update Points (WSUS) to support higher availability
Support to allow multiple virtual applications to share the same file system and registry rather than running isolated
Automation and Administration improvements
Initiation of some client actions from within the console
Email subscription for all Alerts not just Endpoint Protection
Last but not least full PowerShell support
Upgrading to SP1
CM does not have any dependencies on the other System Center products so can be upgraded in any order. But if using Orchestrator make sure the integration packs have been upgraded. Full upgrade documentation is available here .