I am having a SP 2013 in my dev. environment having one WFE and another dedicated server for SQL. Since my customer has installed SP2013 On-Premises SP1 AND sql server 2012 sp2 on their environment,I need to keep my dev. env in sync with customer's infra.

So, what should I start doing with my dev. env? Can I directly upgrade the dev en from SP 2013 to SP 2013 SP1, by running the ISO-disc image file of SP 2013 SP1 ? If I run like this, will i lose all the contents from the current install?

or should i remove my sharepoint 2013 RTM instance from my dev machine and install from the SP 2013 with service pack-1 disc image? My team members are working on different modules using this sp 2013 rtm version, so i dont want to break or stop/lose the their work.

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You dont need to rebuild / re install the SharePoint. You have to follow these steps.

  • Backup your farm( either SharePoint full backup or SQL server database BackUp), this is for safety purpose.
  • Install the SP1( download it from here)
  • Run the SharePoint Product Config Wizard
  • Now test your farm

You farm is now at SP1 level.

  • i already have the disc image file of SP1 in my D drive. Also what should i do about SQL server ? Customer is having SQL SERVER 2012 SP2 .and i am having SQL SERVER 2012 only without service pack. So, would need advice: 1) first i will stop the current development work on this server. 2) i will run the SQL SERVER SP 2 and upgrade the sql server to SP2 . 3) Now i will run the SP 2013 SP1 disc image file and install as you mentioned in your answer.
    – samolpp2
    Dec 9, 2016 at 7:54
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    I would upgrade sql to sp2 and tested, after that I will apply sp1 to sharepoint and test it.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Dec 9, 2016 at 7:56

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