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Driver Management by model

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  • Hi,

    We are currently using MDT 2012 Update 1, and I have my driver management setup like this:

    

    And we have our Task sequence variable like this:

    Now my question is, do I have this correct or does the %Make% need to be %Manufacturer% instead?

    Thanks,

    Bobby

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 4:45 PM

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  • %Make% and %Model% are both correct to accomplish what you are trying to do.

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    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:36 PM
  • Thanks Ty,

    Would be wrong to just dump the Dell Cab drivers of the model into the folder?

    Thanks,

    bobby

    Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:05 PM
  • You'll need to extract the contents of the CAB, then import it into the appropriate folder.  Otherwise, there wouldn't be anything for MDT to match against for the PnP IDs since, to my knowledge, it doesn't read .CAB directly.

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:12 PM
  • Hi DC,

    Since the cab drivers have drivers for various hardware that may not be present in my system, would it be wrong to just dump the whole cab drivers into the folder without sorting through it first?

    Thanks,

    Booby

    Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:15 PM
  • I personally don't like to do that because the driver store ends up being HUGE!  Although you can...

    Ty method of choosing drivers (probably stolen from other people I just don't remember whom)

    1. Extract dell.cab to some piece of media
    2. Install machine with no drivers selected (I have special task sequences with no drivers injected at all)
    3. Run through the task manager and update the drivers for every device (pointing to the media you used in step 1.
    4. Once  you have installed drivers for every device (I do system devices too so I get the latest chipset/usb support)
    5. Open the driver install log %windir%\inf\setupapi.dev.log
    6. Search for the path you installed the drivers from (something like d:\Dell Inc\T5600)
    7. Then in your MDT driver structure corresponding to the make model of the machine import only the drivers shown in the log that came from the path for your drivers. Also pay attention to the specific inf since in some cases several drivers can be in the same folder (intel chipset is a good example).
    8. Repeat 5-7 until you have every driver installed.
    9. Now install the machine with the newly imported drivers to verify.

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    Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:25 PM
  • As long as you mean per Model, then that's fine (and normal).  What I typically do, after creating the folder structure in the Workbench (which you've done) is download the CAB per Model, extract to it's own folder, then import that entire specific Model folder worth of drivers into the matching folder in the Workbench.  The driver CAB from Dell will cover hardware your model doesn't have because it covers every variation you could order that model in.  You could try and trim it down, but if you aren't terribly worried about the extra MB, then it's not worth potentially deleting a driver that you end up needing.

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:29 PM
  • You'll need to extract the contents of the CAB, then import it into the appropriate folder.  Otherwise, there wouldn't be anything for MDT to match against for the PnP IDs since, to my knowledge, it doesn't read .CAB directly.

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek


    MDT can import the cab directly since it will extract the cab.

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    Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:51 PM
  • Awesome Ty, I didn't know that.  I learn something new here everyday. : )

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:56 PM