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Image Job That Injects Dell Drivers

Created: 13 Feb 2007 • Updated: 07 Jul 2009 | 1 comment
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I've noticed that Deployment Solution for Dell Servers has some pretty sophisticated Scripted OS install jobs. In looking at these jobs I can see that mass storage drivers are autodetected and injected before the Windows Setup.exe is started.

Couldn't this same technique be used to inject the proper drivers right after an image is laid down and before the OS boots for the first time?

This would effectively make any image that is deployed a Hardware Independant Image without having to pack along all of the drivers within the image itself, or clogging the deployed OS with extra drivers it will never need.

Such a job would be invaluable in datacenter setups.

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 This is possible already really with DS as it is, and with little work. We maintain driver folders for each of our server and workstation models, and these get copied down after the imaging job, but before the sysprep mini-setup process runs. This allows you to deliver a lightweight image, and to download just the drivers required for each model.

Our sysprep.inf has a generic OEMPnPDriversPath string "Drivers\Audio;Drivers\LAN\;Drivers\LAN2;Drivers\VGA;....." so this doesn't require updating.

We've been doing it like this since DS6.8, and as long as you maintain the driver library it all works nicely. And if you script it yourself, the chances are it won't break should you upgrade DS..... ;-)

Kind Regards,

Ian Atkin, IT Services, Oxford University, UK

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