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Allow for dynamically selecting Apply Driver Packages

Allow for dynamically selecting Apply Driver Packages, pretty much like it works for normal packages (applications). This would reduce the number of hardcoded Apply Driver Package in the task sequence.

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  • Levi Stevens commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would also ask, that when checking for content availability, it only checks for content were the step is applicable, or the model is applicable. If I am imaging a Dell Latitude 5591, don't throw up an error because you cannot find the content for the Dell Latitude E6430U model. Some of our sites can take a long time to replicate packages, I would rather not have ALL OSD blocked until the driver package is 100% replicated.

  • NEIL CLINCH commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just want a TS variable that disables package checking for listed packsges. This way if one of my driver packages is not fully distributed and it doesn't apply to the model I am Imaging that task sequence doesn't fail. I want to dynamically download the package at run time.

  • Roy L Cardwell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think allowing you to select a category and instead of using this to apply best driver to selected hardware but just injecting all drivers with that category also using WMI against the category so its just 1 step. Model matches what category > Inject all drivers with this category. may need to add steps to account for different WMI model locations(lenovo).

  • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Dustin the issue with that is that if you have a Lenovo and a HP that have the same Intel chipset but have OEM variations of the same Intel driver e.g Intel HD Graphics drivers. Then its possible for plug and play to not choose the correct driver. Unless each OEM has perfectly replicated the Intel reference board down to the micro volts and other gate switching values then the drivers will be out of sync with the hardware causing undesirable effects.

  • Dustin Walters commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm really surprised so many people are still using Driver Packages. You can approximate driver package behavior through the use of targeted categories and WMI filtering, but even still, I find the driver catalog to be perfectly sufficient for the 100+ different Lenovo models in our environment and 20 HP. However, I do try to do my best to keep my drivers DB clean by removing the old versions when a new version comes in.

  • Michael Klinteberg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are doing this.
    1) In Drivers management; Create a Category for each driver and model. Example "Windows 10 x64 Precision 5510"
    2) In task sequence before Auto Apply Drivers. Add a script that set the variable OSDAutoApplyDriverCategoryList == DriverCategoryUnigueID. Example below is just a part of the script to show the important bits.

    sQuery = "select CategoryInstance_UniqueID from sms_categoryinstance where LocalizedCategoryInstanceName = '" & sOSDDriverOS & " " & sModel & "'"

    ' Process the query
    Set oDriverGUIDs = oSMS.ExecQuery(sQuery)
    For each oGUID in oDriverGUIDs
    oTSEnv("OSDAutoApplyDriverCategoryList") = oGUID.CategoryInstance_UniqueID

    Kudos goes to some deployment MVP on twitter (Sorry don't know how it was).

  • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The one thing I will say is that the solution will need to spare a thought for people that need to create offline OSD TS media. Our USB keys have bloated to needing 64 gig keys due to all the different driver packs for all the models we support.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I work in ConfigMgr OSD team at Microsoft. Would like to hear some feedback to the following:

    At the present time driver packages cannot have associated programs that can be deployed to collections. This means that when we try to use driver package dynamically at run time, we cannot request dynamically policy for its package program and cannot get dynamically the content of the package.

    A simpler solution implementation wise would be the following:

    allow users to select several driver packages in the same “Apply Driver” step so that all of them will be considered package references (like it is done currently in Content Download task sequence step - always resolved and downloaded) , and also to let user to control which of these selected driver packages will be:
    1) applied always like single package is applied now or
    2) applying of which is controlled dynamically through some task sequence variable mechanism.

    Would this be acceptable solution? Will this help you your scenario?


  • Kim Oppalfens commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This blogpost should get you pretty close to what you want to achieve.,-or-whatever-you-want-to-call-it/

    The apply device drivers step doesn't give you the same level of control, and misses the ability to apply drivers for hardware that is not detected. Which is problematic on some devices where a certain piece of hardware only pops up after a "parent" component is detected.

    Other methods require one to modify your tasksequence each time it has to support a new hardware model. This request (or the alternative implementation in the blogpost) allows for a hands-off approach, needing no TS edits to support new models.

  • Starmantle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Here is how I implemented drivers injection... (the only drivers in the SCCM console.. are those required for WinPE)

    - Manually Install Drivers on each and every make/model combo.. then copy the drivers off each of those machines up into a network share...
    - In TS... I Collect the Make/Model.. and standardize them.. removing spaces.. (replacing every Dell or Dell, Inc, etc.. with DELL)
    - In TS.. I map that network share.. and run a "Dism /image:%OSDisk%\ /Add-Driver /driver:Z:\Drivers\10\%SMake%\%SModel% /recurse /ForceUnsigned" command to install the drivers apropriate to that particular machine.

  • LBrown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would enjoy seeing this implemented in such a way as to allow a string of TS variables set by WMI queries or other Dynamic means to specify the driver package to install within a particular folder structure.
    Something like "TSOSVar\TSManufacturer\TSArchitecture\TSModel" could direct my TS to the driver package "Windows10\Dell\x64\Precision Tower 7910"
    This way the TS wouldn't have to be updated with every new model (our list of supported devices isn't getting any shorter) but rather we'd simply add the driver packages to the appropriate location and let the Apply Driver step find it where we put it.

  • dgr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We pretty much do this today. Just package your drivers as a normal application and call dpinst.exe to inject them.

  • Andrew Malcolm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I see where this is coming from now. If your oem of choice has **** drivers that match incompatible hardware I'd say "switch oem's!" but that's admittedly not an option for everyone...

  • Roth, Chase commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be such a help! Straight auto apply drivers does NOT always get the driver you want or need. Specifying the driver packages via WMI is the ONLY way to go in my book, since "Model" variable in MDT integration is not wildcard or "like" capable without fancy scripts from Johan or Deploymentbunny. Now I need to work on reducing the number of non-INF driver install packages and they take 3/4 of my task sequence. Maybe time to convert them to be Applications to reduce the area taken up in TS.

  • Jay Tuckey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There is already an "Auto Apply Drivers" step for task sequences. Surely this addresses what you guys are trying to achieve. I've been using this method for over a year without any issues.

  • Jay Connor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Alternatively overhaul the driver step -
    Add Applicable rules to each driver package
    1. Hardware model
    2. PNP ID
    3. TSVariable
    Then Driver Pack OS preference order if multiple driver packs match

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