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wmdc and wsus

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  • If I install wmdc on a domain pc that is forced to connect to a wsus server through a GPO then when the device connects it tries to scan windows update but fails to find a device.

    If I install wmdc on a machine not in an OU affected by the WSUS GPO it works fine and downloads the driver first time.

    Does anyone know a way to keep the machines downloading from WSUS and still download the wmdc drivers from the windows update site?

    Tx, in advance

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:55 AM

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  • If I install wmdc

    "WMDC"???

    on a domain pc that is forced to connect to a wsus server through a GPO then when the device connects it tries to scan windows update but fails to find a device.

    If I install wmdc on a machine not in an OU affected by the WSUS GPO it works fine and downloads the driver first time.

    Does anyone know a way to keep the machines downloading from WSUS and still download the wmdc drivers from the windows update site?

    The Windows Driver Update system ALWAYS uses Windows Update; never WSUS. The only way to deploy a driver using WSUS is to APPROVE the update, just like any other update, and the WUA downloads/installs the driver update.

    I would say there's a different issue at work here as to whether the first PC can or cannot find the driver and the second one can, and while it would appear on the surface as to be a function of being assigned to a WSUS server, I can tell you for certain that it is not.

    My guess would be that the first PC doesn't actually have the hardware for which there's an available driver (or the driver is already updated), and thus it cannot find an available driver to update.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
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    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:12 PM
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  • but the driver is not available

    If the driver is not available from the WSUS Server, then NONE of your clients installed the driver using WSUS, which means they ALL used Windows Update.

    Those that failed to get a driver from Windows Update almost certainly did so either because no driver is available, or the latest driver available has already been installed.

    Do you have a specific HardwareID/DriverVersion that you *KNOW* should be available for a specific PC and has been installed by another PC using Windows Update?

    Which classificaton do i have to select in wsus to have al drivers available to install a windows mobile device.

    Well... **IF** the driver you need is published to WSUS, and that's a BIG **IF** all by itself, then, not surprisingly, you would need to synchronize the update classification named "Drivers".

    BUT... you don't want to do this.

    I suppose ' driverss ' ?, but that is not solving my problem.

    Hmmm... so it may be to late to prevent that unfortunate side effect.

    Yes, enabling "Drivers" for synchronization is not going to solve this problem, because this problem has absolutely nothing to do with WSUS.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:32 PM
    Moderator

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  • If I install wmdc

    "WMDC"???

    on a domain pc that is forced to connect to a wsus server through a GPO then when the device connects it tries to scan windows update but fails to find a device.

    If I install wmdc on a machine not in an OU affected by the WSUS GPO it works fine and downloads the driver first time.

    Does anyone know a way to keep the machines downloading from WSUS and still download the wmdc drivers from the windows update site?

    The Windows Driver Update system ALWAYS uses Windows Update; never WSUS. The only way to deploy a driver using WSUS is to APPROVE the update, just like any other update, and the WUA downloads/installs the driver update.

    I would say there's a different issue at work here as to whether the first PC can or cannot find the driver and the second one can, and while it would appear on the surface as to be a function of being assigned to a WSUS server, I can tell you for certain that it is not.

    My guess would be that the first PC doesn't actually have the hardware for which there's an available driver (or the driver is already updated), and thus it cannot find an available driver to update.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:12 PM
    Moderator
  • Hello ,

    Tx for your answer,

    If ' windows driver update ' always uses Windows update, how can you explain that when i put the same pc that first was forced to use wsus ( via group policy ) , has no problem to find and install the driver when i put the pc in an OU without forcing wsus.

    If using wsus , i understand that i have tp approve the driver, but the driver is not available

    Which classificaton do i have to select in wsus to have al drivers available to install a windows mobile device.

    I suppose ' driverss ' ?, but that is not solving my problem.

     

     

     

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:59 PM
  • but the driver is not available

    If the driver is not available from the WSUS Server, then NONE of your clients installed the driver using WSUS, which means they ALL used Windows Update.

    Those that failed to get a driver from Windows Update almost certainly did so either because no driver is available, or the latest driver available has already been installed.

    Do you have a specific HardwareID/DriverVersion that you *KNOW* should be available for a specific PC and has been installed by another PC using Windows Update?

    Which classificaton do i have to select in wsus to have al drivers available to install a windows mobile device.

    Well... **IF** the driver you need is published to WSUS, and that's a BIG **IF** all by itself, then, not surprisingly, you would need to synchronize the update classification named "Drivers".

    BUT... you don't want to do this.

    I suppose ' driverss ' ?, but that is not solving my problem.

    Hmmm... so it may be to late to prevent that unfortunate side effect.

    Yes, enabling "Drivers" for synchronization is not going to solve this problem, because this problem has absolutely nothing to do with WSUS.


    Lawrence Garvin, M.S., MCSA, MCITP:EA, MCDBA
    SolarWinds Head Geek
    Microsoft MVP - Software Packaging, Deployment & Servicing (2005-2014)
    My MVP Profile: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/Lawrence%20R%20Garvin-32101
    http://www.solarwinds.com/gotmicrosoft
    The views expressed on this post are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of SolarWinds.

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:32 PM
    Moderator