Preparing your environment for System Center 2012 R2 Service Provider Foundation


Updated: May 13, 2016

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator

Here are the system requirements and considerations to keep in mind before you deploy Service Provider Foundation.

If you’re evaluating your environment, see System Requirements for System Center 2012 R2.

First things first

The two main products that Service Provider Foundation requires are System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and SQL Server. Please note:

  • Only the VMM Console must be on the same server as Service Provider Foundation but the VMM Management Server can be on a different server. You can also have them all on the same server. The SQL Server database can be on any server, as only the server name and port number of the SQL Server installation are needed to install Service Provider Foundation.

  • If you plan to implement usage metering to manage tenant costs, you will need an System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager server and an Operations Manager Data Warehouse server.

Operating systems

See Server Operating System.

Server Manager

Server Manager Features Server Manager Roles
- Management OData Internet Information Services (IIS) Extension
- .NET Framework 4.5 features, WCF Services, and HTTP Activation.
  • Web Server (IIS) server. Include the following services:

    • Basic Authentication
    • Windows Authentication
    • Application Deployment ASP.NET 4.5
    • Application Development ISAPI Extensions
    • Application Deployment ISAPI Filters
    • IIS Management Scripts and Tools Role Service

SQL Server and database storage

Although it's not required to install Service Provider Foundation, SQL Server is required on at least one server to contain the Service Provider Foundation database. 5 GB is sufficient storage for even large databases. Only the name and port for a SQL Server installation are required. See SQL Server.


See Hardware.

Web services

Install the following from the Microsoft Download Center:

Virtual Machine Manager

You must have System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager in your environment, but you only need Virtual Machine Manager Console on the server where you install Service Provider Foundation .


You must obtain an SSL server certificate, or you can choose to have a test certificate automatically generated during setup.

See Also

System Requirements for System Center 2012 R2
How to Install Service Provider Foundation for System Center 2012 R2