Adding Network (and Storage) Drivers to Boot Images in SCCM

Having written a post on Obtaining and Importing Drivers in SCCM for HP Client Devices it seems only fitting to follow it up with a post on adding drivers to boot images in SCCM. So here goes.

For this post I will add the driver for the StarTech USB-C to Gigabit Network Adapter (product id US1GC30B) to my boot image.

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Although I have the drivers on a driver CD that came with the adapter I wanted to go ahead and look for a more up-to-date driver. I first had a look on the StarTech website for the drivers which told me a) the original chipset manufacturer (Realtek) and b) the chipset model (RTL8153). Armed with this information I then had a look on the Realtek website an immediately found a more up to date driver (10.13 vs 10.10). As I explained in my previous post, you almost always find the latest drivers from the original chipset manufacturer.

If you already have the driver imported in SCCM

Before going ahead with the step-by-step instructions, if you’ve already got the driver imported into SCCM then all you need to do is to go into the Properties of the boot image and add the drivers in the Drivers tab:

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Configure your Task Sequence to Install Driver Packages for Client Devices

This is a continuation of  my post Obtaining and Importing Drivers in SCCM for HP Client Devices where we obtained drivers for our reference HP EliteBook 820 G3 laptop, imported them into the SCCM database, created a driver package and distributed the package to our Distribution Points.

Before carrying on with the instructions here please make sure you have the exact model name of your laptop as reported by WMI. We covered this under “Get the Correct Model Name of the Client Device” in the previous post. (Run “WMIC csproduct GET name” in a command prompt on your client device and make a note of the model name *exactly* as shown.)

As I explained in the previous post the idea is to configure our task task sequence to only install this driver package for this particular model. That’s where the model name comes into the picture. Any typos in the model name will cause the task sequence to skip this driver package from being installed during OSD.

Instructions for MDT Task Sequence

Locate the “Auto Apply Drivers” step under Post Install and disable it.

Add a group under Post Install called Install Drivers

Add a group under Install Drivers called HP

Under HP add an “Apply Driver Package” step, give it a name and choose the driver package you just created

Check “Do unattended installation of unsigned drivers on versions of Windows where this is allowed”

You should have something like this:

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Select the HP group and add the following rules in the Options tab:

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Select the HP EliteBook 820 G3 step and add the following rules in the Options tab:

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This is where you’ll need the model name of the laptop which we obtained using a WMIC query earlier in the post (under Get the Correct Model Name of the Client Device).

Instructions for SCCM Task Sequence

For your SCCM task sequence locate the “Apply Device Drivers” step and disable it.

Add a group under Post Install called Install Drivers

Add a group under Install Drivers called HP

Under HP add an “Apply Driver Package” step, give it a name and choose the driver package you just created

Check “Do unattended installation of unsigned drivers on versions of Windows where this is allowed”

You should have something like this:

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Select the HP group and add the following rules in the Options tab:

Add an If statement and choose Any

Add the following WMI Queries

SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Manufacturer LIKE “HP”
SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Manufacturer LIKE “Hewlett Packard%”

Select the HP EliteBook 820 G3 step and add the following rules in the Options tab:

SELECT * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Model LIKE “HP EliteBook 820 G3”

Test your Task Sequence

At this point you’ve got everything set up. Go head and test your task sequence. Hopefully you won’t have any  exclamation marks in Device Manager.

 

Obtaining and Importing Drivers in SCCM for HP Client Devices

I quickly found while using the HP Client Integration Kit that, though the tool makes it easy to download and import drivers, the size of the resulting drivers and packages is excessively big. Using the HP EliteBook 820 G3 as an example device, when using the HP CIK the resulting size of the drivers is 2.3GB for this laptop compared to 823MB using the method I’ll describe in this post.

In this post we will:

  • Obtain the drivers for our device
  • Import the drivers into SCCM and create a driver package
  • Configure a task sequence to install the driver package
  • Set rules in the task sequence to only install this driver package on HP EliteBook 820 G3 laptops

I will assume you already have a Task Sequence created to build your Windows computer.

Obtaining the Drivers

I use the 820 G3 as an example here but you can adapt this for any make and model. This is a hands-on method of obtaining drivers which does take a little time but I’ve found this gives me the best result during OSD and less driver bloat.

1) Install HP Support Assistant and install any driver updates on your client device

2) Install Intel Driver Update Utility and install any updated drivers, if available

3) (Optional) Install drivers from third party manufacturers.

This step is more manual so will take some time which is why I’ve marked it as optional. This is preferable if you want to make sure you want to start off with the latest drivers for your devices in your SCCM database.

Open up Device Manager and identify devices from third party manufacturers like Broadcom, AMD, Realtek, etc. Go to each of their website and check if there’s a more recent driver available and install them.

4) Backup your installed drivers using Double Driver.

Double Driver basically scans your current system, identifies your device drivers and backs them up for you which you can then use with SCCM. I’ve been using Double Driver for a few years now but didn’t think of using this with SCCM until very recently.

Download the portable tool and run it on your client device. Click on Backup > Scan Current System and wait for the tool to identify your device drivers.

Here is a screenshot of the drivers identified on the HP EliteBook 820 G3:

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Click on “Backup Now” and choose a destination to store your drivers. Make sure you leave the “Structured folder (default)” selected. Click on OK

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Keep the resulting backup drivers handy to be imported into your SCCM database

Get the Correct Model Name of the Client Device

Further along in this post we’ll create a driver package for our drivers which we’ll then use in our task sequence. We’ll need to create a rule in our task sequence to only install this driver package for this particular computer model. For this reason we’ll need to extract the correct model name of this device at this stage using the following WMI query in an elevated command prompt:

WMIC csproduct GET name

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Make a note of the result exactly as shown and keep it safe. We’ll need it further along in the post.

Create Source Folders for your Device Drivers and Driver Package

Note that before importing the drivers you need a source folder for your device drivers and a separate folder for your driver package. I always stress the importance of organising the SCCM software repository with a clear and easily identifiable folder structure to better manage your packages (or drivers in this case). Create a folder structure for your client device driver management similar to below:

Source folder for device drivers:

\\sccmserver\Source\OSD\Drivers\Device Drivers\HP\Windows 10 x64\EliteBook 820 G3

Source folder for driver packages:

\\sccmserver\Source\OSD\Drivers\Driver Packages HP\Windows 10 x64\EliteBook 820 G3

2) Copy the drivers you backed up using Double Driver into the source folder for device drivers similar to above.

Import the Drivers in SCCM and Create a Driver Package

1) Open up the SCCM console and select the Software Library workspace. Expand Operating Systems and select Drivers. Click on “Import Driver” in the ribbon

2) In the Import New Driver Wizard leave the first option selected and enter or browse to the UNC path where you copied your device drivers. In my case it’s \\sccmserver\Source\OSD\Drivers\Device Drivers\HP\Windows 10 x64\EliteBook 820 G3

Under “Specify the option for duplicate drivers” choose

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3) Driver Details page:

Uncheck “Hide drivers that are not in a storage or network class (for boot images)”

Uncheck “Hide drivers that are not digitally signed”

Check “Enable these drivers and allow computers to install them”

Click on Categories and either select an existing category to add these drivers to or create a new category.

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4) In the Add Drivers to Packages step we’ll create a new driver package HP EliteBook 820 G3

For the name of the package I suggest you enter a name which identifies the model of the computer and the OS and architecture the driver package is intended for.

Something like HP EliteBook 820 G3 – Windows 10 x64

Under “Path” enter or browse to the source folder you created for the driver package. In my case it’s \\sccmserver\Source\OSD\Drivers\Driver Packages HP\Windows 10 x64\EliteBook 820 G3

Finish the rest of the wizard without making any changes to the defaults (do not add any drivers to any boot images when asked).

Distribute the Driver Package to your Distribution Points

Go ahead and distribute the driver package to your DPs.

You may also want to create a folder structure in your SCCM console under Driver Packages and move your package to it. Something like Driver Packages\Windows 10 x64

Configure your Task Sequence to Install the Driver Package

I noticed this post is quite long so I’ve split it into two and moved this section into it’s own post titled Configure your Task Sequence to Install the Driver Package. You can continue with the rest of the instructions over there.

 

Applying an Unattend.xml Answer File in a SCCM OSD Task Sequence

There are times when you might need to customize Windows by using an unattend.xml answer file during the OS deployment. Yes, many of these customizations can be baked into the OS image itself or scripted but using an answer file is easier in many situations. For example, if you had offices in UK and USA and wanted to customize the keyboard language depending on the location, then it’s easier to maintain two answer files than two OS images.

Once you create an answer file how do you use it in a OSD task sequence? Long story short, you create a package for the answer file and then reference it in the Apply Operating System step in the task sequence.

Read on if you want the long story…

1) Create a Package for the Answer File

First thing’s first, copy the unattend.xml answer file into the SCCM software repository. Make a note of the answer file name and the UNC path where it’s stored.  Continue reading

Deploying the Reference Windows 10 Image using SCCM 2012 R2 (SP1)

This is the final part of a three-part series on Windows 10 OSD using MDT and SCCM 2012 R2.

Recap: In the first post we built our reference image using MDT and customized our default profile. In the second post we created our unattended answer file and captured our reference image.

Here, we’ll start off with importing our reference image into SCCM and then creating our task sequence to deploy the image. We’ll then create a package for our unattend.xml answer file to be used in our task sequence.

I’m going to assume you already have SCCM up and running and have access to your SCCM software repository.

Step 1) Import the Windows 10 Reference Image into SCCM

1.1) Copy the Reference Image to the SCCM Software Repository

We left the previous post after having captured the image using MDT, which saved the image into the “Captures” folder inside the MDT deployment share root.

Before importing the image into SCCM we have to copy/move the image to the SCCM software repository.

In my case I have a folder called “Sources” where I store all my software, packages, and images relating to SCCM. I suggest organizing the software repository with a clear folder structure. My folder structure for storing OS images looks like this:

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You may have a different folder structure – what matters is that it should be organized so you it’s easier to locate everything.

1.2) Import the Image into SCCM

Your Software Library workspace should equally be organized with a clear folder structure. Continue reading

Windows 10 OSD Error: Windows Could Not Finish Configuring The System

I’ve been racking my brains over this one for the past couple of days so I thought I’d chalk up my findings here in the hope of saving the headache for somebody else.

I came across this very unexpected error message when my VM rebooted right after the Apply Operating System action while running a task sequence to install a custom Windows 10 image with an answer file:

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(I was too busy troubleshooting the problem and didn’t think of taking a screenshot until it was too late. I had to Google the error message to find this image for the purposes of this post.)

Long story short, the clue to resolving this lies in the setuperr.log file in the C:\Windows\Panther\UnattendGC directory. Continue reading

Capturing the Reference Windows 10 Image using MDT 2013 Update 2

This is the second of a three-part series on Windows 10 OSD using MDT and SCCM.

Recap: In the first post we populated our MDT deployment share and then created and ran a task sequence to install Windows 10 on a virtual machine along with our applications and the .NET Framework 3.5 enabled. We left the post at the point of having a Windows 10 installation which we can brand as our own and customize the default user profile.

Here, we’re going to pick up from where we left off – I’m going to assume you’ve done all the customization to your liking and thus effectively turning the Windows 10 virtual machine into a reference machine. We’ll create a task sequence to sysprep and capture an image of our virtual machine which will give us our “Reference Windows 10 Image”. We’ll also create the unattend.xml file in this post which we’ll need in the next post. Ok, let’s get started.

Step 1) Create Task Sequence to Capture the Windows 10 Reference Image Continue reading