ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2? Understanding Your Upgrade Options

With the recent release of ConfigMgr 2012 Service Pack 2 and ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Service Pack 1 in preparation for Windows 10, there has been a lot of confusion arise in the community around which Service Packs are required to be applied to your environment.

To help assist you in determining which Service Pack(s) you will need to apply in your environment, please refer to the below table.

Before upgrading your environment please ensure you review the Planning to Upgrade System Center 2012 Configuration Manager article to ensure you meet all requirements.

 
Starting Version Desired End Version Service Pack 2 Required R2 Service Pack 1 Required
ConfigMgr 2012 RTM ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 Yes No
ConfigMgr 2012 RTM ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 Yes Yes
ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 Yes No
ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 Yes Yes
ConfigMgr 2012 R2 ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 Yes No
New install ConfigMgr 2012 SP2 Yes No
New Install ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1 Yes Yes
 
PLEASE NOTE:
  • If you planning on enabling R2 features as part of your upgrade by running the R2 Service Pack 1 update, please ensure you are licensed for R2 features.                
  • If you are already running R2 there is no need to run the R2 Service Pack 1 update as the R2 features will already be enabled in your environment.
 
There are also a number of great post already published outlining the complete upgrade process – Installing ConfigMgr 2012 R2 SP1
 
This has been a quick post and all information is provided as is.