Preparing your environment for System Center 2012 R2 Service Provider Foundation
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.
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.
Server Manager Features
Server Manager Roles
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 Requirements for System Center 2012 R2.
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.