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As ENGL's Director of Engineering, I've been involved with Driver Manager 3 from the beginning with scoping, developing, testing, documenting and packaging. It's now time to let our latest creation out to you - the techies!

ENGL Driver Manager 3.0 was released on June 7, 2012. It's been a year in the making and includes numerous features requested by customers, partners and our MVP friends. Here's a summary of the most exciting changes.


Driver Management


We've listened to your feedback and have enhanced how machines are displayed and managed in Driver Manager. Machine models can now be renamed and manufacturer models such as Lenovo are now displayed using product friendly names instead of product codes.

As well as importing hardware inventory from SCCM or our standalone inventory scanner (DMScanner), empty machines can be created in the Driver Manager Machine Library. This allows drivers to be added and packages created in advance of having the hardware. This is useful if you're evaluating hardware but drivers are yet to appear on the manufacturer web site.

We have also made major enhancements to the driver analysis process in Driver Manager. Together with dynamic Driver Analysis Rules that can be downloaded daily, Driver Manager can identify and automate even more driver installations.

You'll be pleased to hear that we're now discovering model-specific software as part of our search for drivers. This includes utilities that aren't strictly drivers but are required to make full use of the hardware, such as HP Quick Launch buttons.

SCCM 2012 and MDT 2012 Support


Driver Manager 3 now supports System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012. This means we can now add drivers and create packages in SCCM 2007 / 2012, and MDT 2010 / 2012.

For SCCM, Driver Manager can now add WinPE compatible mass-storage and network drivers to your boot images. Another big improvement is that Driver Manager no longer requires the SCCM Console (hurrah!) to perform driver and software package creation.


Documentation

The product documentation has been completely rewritten and is now available for web, CHM and PDF. We have also enhanced searching capability.


Licensing

If like most organisations you're low on budget, our new 'usage' based licensing may be the answer. Driver Manager 3 can now be purchased for a 12-month subscription with unlimited or usage based driver searches. For usage based, Driver Manager can be purchased with an allowance of driver searches in multiples of 100.

For example, if you had 10 hardware machine models (variants) and wished to deploy Windows 7 32 and 64-bit, that would require a minimum of 20 driver searches. Having 100 or more driver searches will give you the flexibility to check for later drivers and test new hardware.


More Information?

If you'd like to find out more about Driver Manager 3, request a demo or get pricing, visit the Driver Manager home page.


Well, that's all from me today. I hope you take time to download and evaluate Driver Manager 3. With SCCM 2012 and MDT 2012 now released we're seeing huge interest in Driver Manager.