In this post, I’ll discuss how to import drivers into the SCCM Driver Catalog and how I choose to organize these for easier management. In my next post, I’ll discuss how to utilize these drivers along with the options available to us when deploying an OS image.
Note: In order for a driver to be accessible to a client, it must be included in a driver package on a distribution point which is also accessible to the client.
One thing to mention about adding drivers to boot images is that we want to add drivers which match the version of WinPE we are using. For example, if we are running ConfigMgr R2 we should have WinPE 3.0 images (Windows 7). Therefore, even though we may be deploying an XP OS later in the Task Sequence, we still need to add Windows 7 drivers to this boot image.
If we’re not sure, the version of WinPE can be seen by viewing the properties of the boot image under the Boot Images node in OSD.
9. Complete the Wizard. We then complete the wizard by reviewing the Summary and clicking Finish.
10. Distribute our package. Right-click the driver package you created during this wizard and select Manage Distribution Points which will start the Manage Distribution Points Wizard. Use this wizard like you would for any other software package and add the driver package to the necessary distribution points.
Now that we’ve successfully imported our new hardware drivers we’re ready to begin thinking about deploying an OS image to this hardware.
As usual, the System Center Configuration Manager online documentation is excellent and inside they have great information on How to Manage the Driver Catalog.