Hello folks, In this blog post, I will try to share my experience on how to import SCCM Driver Import and create a driver package in SCCM. It also includes how to integrate into the SCCM task sequence. I hope this will be helpful to streamline lots of SCCM admins during OSD/Task Sequence/Image creation activities.
Do you know what is drivers, and why do you need to install drivers? Refer to the following post “What are Drivers and Why do we need Drivers?.”
Let’s jump into the topics which we are going to cover in this post.
- 1. How to import Drivers
- 2. How to create a driver package
- 3. Integrate Driver package into Task Sequence
How to SCCM Driver Import
Before importing the driver into SCCM, let’s download the required drivers from the vendor site and keep it into the package network location. When you download any drivers, you might have seen some of the driver paths was very long which will create a problem at the time of import.
Download the Drivers
For example:- Below Dell 7530 chipset driver source has many folders. I’ll go to one of the folders like 8N0GR_A00-00, inside that it has another folder called W10-x64, which is not required. So I’ll go inside the W10-x64 folder, and I can cut all the content and paste it on the 8N0GR_A00-00 folder.
Clean-up Driver Folders
NOTE! – I would suggest removing the unwanted folder (wisely:)) from the driver source. But make sure when you find any .inf file inside a particular folder, then do not remove the folder. Because folder reference will exist inside the .inf file, and removal of the folder will create a problem for driver package creation.
If you want to download the drivers automatically, click on the below link have the tool to download the driver automatically from SCConfigMgr.
Import Drivers to SCCM
Once the driver is downloaded, and required validation completed, copy the driver source into the network location where it will import.
- Open the SCCM console
- Navigate to “\Software Library\Overview\Operating Systems\Drivers” and right click select “Import Driver.”
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- Browse network the source folder where the driver source is available.
- Click on Next to proceed for driver import into SCCM. This will take a few minutes to validate and import the drivers (depending on the size of the driver).
- Once all drivers imported, then specify/create the categories of the driver. Click on “Categories” to proceed to create, delete, and rename any categories.
NOTE! – Now options are available below to create a new category or to update the existing category.
- Click on “Create” if importing new device drivers else choose the categories from the existing one, then press “OK” and click on “Next.”
How to Create Driver Package in SCCM
- Now click on “New Package” to create a new driver package.
NOTE! – Do not select any existing driver else. It will inject all the new imported drivers into the driver package, which will create a problem for current OSD deployment.
- Specify the Driver package name.
- Choose the Driver package network path where package source (Driver package Source) can be saved or available for the distribution.
NOTE! – Do not confuse here with the driver source and driver package source. The driver source is different where we can import the driver into the SCCM console. And once import completed successfully, we can create the driver package, and it will ask to specify the driver package location to be stored.
- After specifying the package name and path, click on “OK” to proceed for package creation.
- Click on “Next” to proceed.
NOTE! – Do not select any boot image package. If any of the boot images selected, it will inject all the drivers in the boot image.
- Verify the details in the Summary section and click “Next” to proceed.
- As the next step clicks on “Next” so that package will be created in the destination folder.
- Once completed click on “Close” option to complete the process
- Verify the from the following Driver package location in the SCCM console root location -\Software Library\Overview\Operating Systems\Driver Packages
- Now, as with any package/application created in the SCCM console, ensure the content is available on the distribution points.
NOTE! – To be sure the content is distributed, use the monitoring option to verify the content has been distributed properly.
Integrate Driver package into Task Sequence
- To integrate the driver package into the task sequence, “edit” the task sequence according to the requirement and go to the driver installation step.
- Go to “Add” -> “Drivers” -> “Apply Driver Package”
- Specify the task sequence step name of the driver package created in the console, so that it will quickly identify in the task sequence and click on “Browse” to select the package.
- Once all the required full-filled task sequence will show as below, go to the next step.
- The next step goes to the “Option” tab and selects the condition to satisfy to start the installation of the driver package. Here we can do customize the condition according to the requirement.
- Post that clicks on the “Apply” button so that that task sequence will be ready for the deployment.
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