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I'm pleased to announce that ENGL Driver Manager 2.0 for SCCM and MDT is now available to download from the ENGL web site.

Finding and deploying drivers is one of the most time consuming and troublesome tasks that administrators must undertake to deploy Windows. Driver Manager lowers the cost associated with driver management by automating the manual steps that have to be repeated for each new hardware platform.

Driver Manager 2 includes driver integration and deployment for both SCCM 2007 and MDT 2010.

  • Import hardware inventory from SCCM or Driver Manager Scanner
  • Find and download drivers from PC manufacturer and OEM's
  • Analyse drivers to determine the installation method
  • Create SCCM Driver and Software packages and assign driver categories
  • Create MDT Out-of-box drivers or Application packages

For further information including feature list, screen shots, downloads and evaluation licenses, visit the Driver Manager home page.

Regards,
Heath.

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Following the release of Driver Manager 1.0 we had lots of feedback from customers and partners asking if we could provide the functionality we have for SCCM 2007 for MDT2010. So for Driver Manager 2.0 (scheduled for release in July) we have added the ability to integrate with MDT 2010 and provision drivers into the MDT deployment system.

Overview

The process to import hardware, find and download drivers is the same whether you’re using SCCM or MDT. Once you have the drivers you need and they have been analysed by Driver Manager you can then integrate the drivers into the MDT environment. Driver Manager will determine whether drivers are INF type drivers (good drivers) or application packages (bad drivers) and add them to MDT as either Out-of-box Drivers or Application packages.

Process

Driver Manager will complete the following steps during the integration process:

  1. Create a folder structure beneath Out-of-box Drivers based on the Windows OS/platform, machine make and model e.g. Windows 7 (x86)\Dell Inc.\Optiplex 790
  2. Import INF type drivers into the folder created in #1
  3. Create a folder structure beneath Applications based on the Windows OS/platform, machine make and model e.g. Windows 7 (x86)\Dell Inc.\Optiplex 790
  4. Create an Application package and place it into the folder created in #3
  5. Update the MDT database with a Make and Model entry for the machine and assign the application package to the entry (optional)

 

MDT Task Sequence Configuration:

INF drivers are delivered using the Inject Drivers task sequence step, by default this will scan all drivers in the store and attempt to select the best option. In order to filter the drivers so that only the drivers for a specific make and model are available set a Task Sequence Variable named DriverGroup001 to the folder created by Driver Manager, e.g Windows 7 (x86)\%Make%\%Model% Then edit the Inject Drivers task sequence step and ensure that Choose selection profile is set to nothing

Drivers that are wrapped up in application packages will be created under a single MDT Application package that can be installed during your task sequence. The application includes DriverInstaller (a component of Driver Manager) which is used to determine whether a given application package is actually applicable for the machine being deployed. DriverInstaller will process each application package and silently install the required packages. The Application that Driver Manager creates can automatically be assigned to the Make and Model entry in the MDT database and therefore by dynamically installed by MDT using the Install Applications task sequence step.

Using this method will you can dynamically deliver only the INF drivers and application packages required for a specific machine type during your MDT deployment task sequence.

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Update: Since publishing this blog, the ENGL Driver Manager 2.0 BETA has ended.

I'm pleased to announce that ENGL Driver Manager 2.0 RC1 BETA is now available to download.

 

New features

Driver Manager 2.0 RC1 includes SCCM integration and the following new features;

  • MDT 2010 Support

    Both SCCM and MDT are now selectable deployment platforms within Driver Manager. Drivers can be added to the MDT driver store and application packages which are categorised using MDT folders (Windows OS, platform, machine manufacturer and model).

  • Analysis Rule Updates

    Analysis algorithms are used to determine the best installation method for a given driver. Analysis rules will now be updated as part of the scheduled Driver Manager update check.

  • Analysis can now be performed without integration

    A Driver Pack (Windows / platform drivers for a given machine model) or an individual driver can now be analyised without integration. This is useful to review the determined best installation method before creating the packages in MDT and SCCM.

  • Driver Installation Logic

    Packages will be created that run an executable named DriverInstaller.exe that performs a hardware inventory scan and then installs the drivers that are compatible with the current hardware. For example, a Software Package created for a Dell Latitude E6500 may contain both an Intel and NVidia display driver as there are two variations of that hardware model. Using the new driver installation logic, both drivers can be deployed but only one will be installed depending on the hardware.

 

Special offer to BETA testers!

If you evaluate Driver Manager 2.0 RC1 BETA using your company email address and provide feedback by posting to the Driver Manager support forum you will be eligible for a 50% discount on retail licenses provided you purchase within 90 days of the product release.

Download and Support

Driver Manager 2.0 RC1 can be downloaded here. If you have questions and feedback during the BETA please post them to Driver Manager support.