All posts tagged Drivers

dell-dpt-00Last week I came in the situation that I needed to test and use the Dell Server Deployment Pack for the first time. Part of the Dell Server Deployment Pack is the Dell PowerEdge Server Driver Package Import Wizard. This wizard helps you import driver packages based on operating system for a Dell PowerEdge system. Also part of this Pack is the ability to create special boot images and the ability of using special support scripts. Because of the fact that the customer is still on ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 R3 this blog is based on the ConfigMgr 2007 version. The Dell PowerEdge Server Package Import Wizard is also available for ConfigMgr 2012, more on this in a later blog.

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In the earlier blog about the ENGL Driver Manager we looked at the installation of ENGL Driver Manager and the gathering Hardware Inventory information which we need for managing the drivers. Now we will have a look at the preparation for integrating the ENGL Driver Manager with Configuration Manager 2012.

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A couple of weeks ago ENGL released the 3.0 version of their Driver Manager with support for MDT 2012 and Configuration Manager 2012. Earlier versions where very helpful in Configuration Manager or MDT environments, so let’s see how the Driver Manager is integrating with Configuration Manager 2012 and can help Configuration Manager admins managing the drivers in their Configuration Manager environment. Read more

One of the nicest features in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is the capability of deploying Operating Systems (OS). You are able to deploy several different versions of the Windows OS. From Windows XP to Windows 7 and from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008R2. While planning for the deployment of an OS, we can address the following scenarios:

  • New Computer scenario (bare metal)

    A new computer right out of the box without any OS on it
  • Replace Computer scenario

    An old computer will be replicaed by a new computer right out of the box without any OS on it. All settings and documents will be transferred from the old computer to the new computer.
  • Refresh Computer scenario

    An Operating System needs to be reinstalled or replaced by a new OS. This scenario can be used for the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7 SP1.

In this movie I would like to show the New Computer Scenario in a Zero-touch way. To be able to build this scenario we brought the following products together:

  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 update 1
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007-R3
  • Microsoft App-v 4.6

If you would like to have more information about OS Deployments, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

Managing device drivers when deploying Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 in your environment is always a lot of fun, not! For existing or new hardware you always need to identify and download the drivers from the site of the hardware manufacturer or the site of Microsoft and import them into SCCM 2007 R3. 

Since September last year ENGL released a Driver Manager for SCCM 2007. With the Driver Manager you are able to automatically detect the hardware, download the corresponding drivers and create a driver package in SCCM. In this blog I will look at the ENGL Driver Manager for SCCM.  Read more