But it comes bearing less than enthusiastic news.

Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 has just been release to manufacturing, with availability of this important update slated for January next year. Sadly, system administrators will need to reinstall SP1, even if they have tested the beta version previously.

The things you have to do to be a Windows system administrator!

Microsoft let out the achievement in a post on the TechNet user forum last week.

You will need to do a clean install when the final version is available, instead of installing it over the test version. According to Microsoft, a smooth upgrade is reserved for customers who are part of its technology adoption partners (TAP) program.

The reason according to Philip Moss, a managing partner at NTTX is:

“I routinely hear that the requirement for a clean install is a real pain for many TAP customers and commonly prevents them from doing large production deployments of products before they go RTM”.

This has annoyed both customers and experts, with an analyst by the name of Don Retallack with Directions On Microsoft, believing that many system administrators will delay deploying the update until at least the first year.

System Care 2012 SP1 is a major release, and more than a bunch of bug fixes. The earlier version was released in March this year, meaning before the time of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Meaning it obviously was not compatible with the newer operating systems.

Now, however, system administrators can deploy the SP1 release on both new operating systems.

The new version brings with it several improvements, and support for features like cloud computing and a unified tool installer.

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