Step #5 is rather harsh for larger installations. Do you think these steps will be needed for all EPDM upgrades from now on or just this SP1 upgrade?
As of today, these steps are required at each service packs.
Step 5.1 will be performed by Toolbox automatically when users use components from the librairy.
As per the help: "Once configured, users point SolidWorks to the Toolbox vault folder and use Toolbox as before. Enterprise PDM automatically checks Toolbox parts out and in as needed so the latest versions are used"
Step 5.2 is required to actually update the SolidWorks application, as you know it can be done using Active Directory.