July 11 2012

Deploying printer drivers during SCCM task sequence



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I recently had a requirement to pre-populate the Windows 7 Driver Store with some printer drivers so that non-admin users could add printers without the need to install drivers for this particular model. I utilized the PnPUtil command to do this during the SCCM Build and Capture Task Sequence which will copy and register the driver in the c:WindowsSystem32DriverStore directory on Windows 7.

Simply create a SCCM package that includes all of the driver files (.inf,.cat files etc) and then in your task sequence use a command line step to run “cmd.exe /c PnPutil.exe -i -a  C:_SMSTaskSequencePackagesxxxyyyyy*.inf” where xxxyyyyy is your SCCM package ID.  This will scan that whole folder and copy and inject all valid drivers into the OS.  I reference the C:_SMSTaskSequence directory because my task sequence is set to download first and then run.  Afterwards I found this article which does something similar but uses the %_SMSTS variable to provide the location – http://blog.coretech.dk/mip/personal-note-no-5-make-driver-available-for-none-admin-user/ – so if you run from the DP then this may be more useful.

 



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March 29 2012

HP driver packages for SCCM

HP have finally released a tool to make it easier to obtain full driver packs for their hardware. In the past we have had to individually download each driver manually from the HP website, this was very painful and time consuming. Hopefully their new tool will eliminate a lot of this pain and time (Dell’s equivalent was released about 5 years ago!)  More info: