I am offically throwing in the towel RRS feed

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  • After a long week of attempting to cleanup the mess that the SP1 upgrade made of my SCCM 2012 servers I am officially throwing in the towel and starting over with the SP1 full media.

    This has been by far the worst experience I have ever had with a Service Pack (of any product).  Very disappointing to say the least.  I am fortunate in the fact that although I had the infrastructure mostly up that SP1 hit before I rolled all my clients over so my existing 2007 servers are still what's "production".  I am however losing a LOT of time spent configuring, downloading update packages, re-creating old packages as "Applications" as well as a week of nothing but trying to cleanup the SP1 issues.

    If anyone else is close to deploying SCCM and are planning on upgrading before you do, I HIGHLY recommend you rebuild and do not upgrade.  Just browse this forum a bit and you will see why.

    I sincerely hope Microsoft takes the feedback from these forums and others and learns from whatever mistakes were made in the upgrade process for future service packs.  I have been an SCCM architect/admin for a several years and this is the closest I have been to wanting to look at Altiris!  Ok, let's not get crazy but man what a nightmare.

    Here's to hoping the fresh install of SP1 goes as well as the fresh install of RTM.  I have also learned my lesson and if/when SP2 hits I will be lying in the wait to get others experiences before I take the plung.

    Good luck to the rest of you who are fighting the fight.  I hope you get it all worked out!!

    Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:43 AM

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  • BTW - I will report back my experience with the fresh install of SP1.  ;-)
    Saturday, January 12, 2013 1:44 AM
  • I can assure you that the product team pays close attention that these forums. Have you tried calling CSS? FWIW... Sounds like many of the issues in the forums are being resolved by disabling AV.

    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    Saturday, January 12, 2013 4:56 AM
  • I assume you mean disabling AV before upgrading to SP1?  Does this include Microsoft FEP?  If so thats a tad alarming as I found nothing in the documentation stating this. ;-)  I didnt call CSS because my servers are not officially in production.  Its against my religion to go into production with known issues and I have the luxury of rebuilding without affecting current production.

    Hoping the SP1 full install goes as well as RTM!

    Monday, January 14, 2013 4:42 PM
  • CSS will support non-production. Actually I don't think it's legal to have SP1 in production yet. It's against the TOS to install the MSDN or Technet media in production. AFAIK that's the only places it's available right now.

    I think it's just McAffee that's been causing issues.

    John Marcum | http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/author/johnmarcum/

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 1:14 AM
  • See http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenterpfe/archive/2013/01/11/updated-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-antivirus-exclusions-with-more-details.aspx.

    John is right when it comes to MSDN/TechNet EULA, but SP1 is already available on the Volume Licensing portal.

    Torsten Meringer | http://www.mssccmfaq.de

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:17 AM
  • For some reason I can no longer post on my other account :-/  just get "Unexpected Error".

    Anyway, just wanted to update this thread that my reinstall to SP1 went off without a hitch (Still on going but so far so good).

    I have 3 server so far, all running Windows Server 2008 R2.   The primary site is running SQL 2012 CU and my roles have been installed successfully.  Currently testing OSD which (again, thus far) is also going very well.  I feel 100% better about the prospects of moving this infrastructure into production now.  :-)

    Friday, January 18, 2013 6:20 PM