Friday, March 2, 2018

SCCM automated driver management

Its always a pain to handle driver updates with each new release of Windows 10. The most simplest way to fix this is simply use Microsoft Surface products. Drivers and Bios Updates are deployed simply through Windows Update and all major headaches are gone. :-)

But unfortunately the world is not that simply. And as always there is a solution too.

Simply use the Driver Automation Tool

Thanks to Maurice Daly (MVP)

The Driver Automation Tool is a GUI developed in PowerShell which provides full automation of BIOS and driver downloads, extraction, packaging and distribution with Dell, HP, Lenovo & Microsoft client hardware.
The intuitive GUI provides you with a full list of models from the supported manufacturer, allowing you to select one or many models, it also will detect Dell and Lenovo models matched against the WMI models known to ConfigMgr.

How Does It Work?
When the tool is opened, you have the option to select your manufacturer and OS of choice. When you click on the Find Models button, the tool initiates a download of XML content from the selected manufacturer, reads in the XML and displays a full list of models for selection. Clicking on the Add to Import List adds each of these models for processing and once you click on the Start Download and Import Process button the tool starts the full process to automatically download and package the content.

MDT Support
Although primarily designed for use with ConfigMgr, the tool also supports MDT. Here you will find the ability to select your deployment shares as well as dynamic creation of folder hierarchies based on total control naming methods

  • Site server selection
  • Automatic site code discovery
  • Distribution point and distribution point group selection
  • Binary differential replication
  • Distribution priority
  • Clean up of unused drivers
  • Removal of superseded driver packages
  • Removal of source download packages
  • Driver & BIOS piloting
  • Driver & BIOS deployment state management (production, pilot, retired)
  • Auto or manual selection of the MDT PS module
  • Deployment share listing
  • Folder structure naming
FEATURES: Settings
All settings are saved into an XML file open close, and read back into the tool upon launch.