Last week I did a few blogposts about the System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 Release and Upgrade. After the upgrade both Consoles and Clients must be upgraded as well. ConfigMgr clients can be upgraded with the Automatic Client Upgrade (like always when installing big updates). Let's have a look at new functionality added to the ConfigMgr console and boot images.
After installation the version has changed to 5.00.8239.1000 in About Configuration Manager dialog box and Site server properties. The current ConfigMgr 2012 R2 key will work with R2 SP1 also.
The OSD screen is changed and looks a little better if you ask me..
With all checkmarks enabled (which is default), only drivers that match the architecture, which are in the storage or network class, and are digitally signed are available. Much better, because I've seen complete driver packages in boot images before!
Deployment Verification is a cool feature, that makes sure no deployment on default collections (except All Unknown Computers) and collections with more then 100 systems (which is a default value) can be done. No more Required deployments on the All Systems collection from now on :-)
During deployment no default collections (except All Unknown Computers) and collections with more then 100 systems (which is a default value) are available. A message is displayed, that deployment has potential to be a high risk one.
When a required deployment is done, and the checkmark "Hide collections with a member count greater than site's minimum size configuration" is unchecked, a message is displayed. A checkmark must be set on "I want to create this high risk deployment (This wil generate an audit status message)" to continue.
With Cumulative Update 1 to 5 included, and a bunch of improvements, it's a must-have to install SP1 in your organization. I installed it twice already without any problems. Let's wait for ConfigMgr 2016 later this year (Q4 CY2015) now!