So having got back from vacation, here is a quick update for the SCConfigMgr Download Automation Tool following on from feedback from the community.


Whats New

One of the key comments that people had was if the tool could have the ability to save their settings for re-use. So in the latest 4.0.0 build I have included functions to both write out the applied settings after the initial use out to an XML file similar to the format below:

Upon each subsequent use, the XML file is read in when the tool loads and auto-populates fields with the values from the previous run.

The settings saved are as follows:

  • Import Destination
  • Download Type (BIOS/Drivers)
  • Operating System
  • Operating System Architecture
  • Proxy Server Address
  • Download Storage Locations
  • Distribution Point(s)/Group(s)
  • Binary Differential Compression Option
  • All Clean Up Options

This should hopefully help you speed up the process of running the tool.

Microsoft Technet Download Link – https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Driver-Tool-Automate-9ddcc010

Maurice Daly
Maurice has been working in the IT industry since 1999 and was awarded his first MVP Enterprise Mobility award in 2017. Technology focus includes Active Directory, Group Policy, Hyper-V, Windows Deployment (SCCM & MDT) and Office 365.

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  • Agust J
    Posted at 10:08 July 11, 2017
    Agust J
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    Thanks for adding this feature

  • Spencer M
    Posted at 12:31 July 14, 2017
    Spencer M
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    Maurice – The tool doesn’t seem to be creating the Powershell script or flash64.exe for Dell BIOS packages. Any ideas?

    • Maurice Daly
      Posted at 15:06 July 14, 2017
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      Hi Spencer,

      I have just moved the flash64w download section in the code as I was previously requiring the bios being downloaded to be newer than the available packages. So I will post this later on, just in relation to the script are you talking about the old update bios script that was included in the package?.

      Maurice

      • Spencer M
        Posted at 15:37 July 14, 2017
        Spencer M
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        The package is being created, but only the bios .exe is being downloaded.

        • Maurice Daly
          Posted at 16:23 July 14, 2017
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          Do you see the Flash64w.exe in a directory called Flash64Utility?. The automatically generated powershell script for the bios update has been retired for a few versions now in favour of the Modern BIOS Management method post.

          • Spencer M
            Posted at 16:28 July 14, 2017
            Spencer M
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            Yep, it’s there.
            I didn’t realize the bios update script functionality had been removed. Is there any chance to bring that back? It was a feature we used heavily, since we haven’t setup the web service.

          • Maurice Daly
            Posted at 16:36 July 14, 2017
            Maurice Daly
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            Hi Spencer,

            OK well the update going up tonight or tomorrow will fix issues with the Flash64w not copying into the packages. In regards to the script generation, you could simply add it back in yourself from an older version if you wanted it in the code. My focus is to make the process as dynamic as possible and as such making it multi vendor which adds a large portion of code to the script (and more than I wanted to maintain within the script just for this function), hence moving over to using the web service.

            Maurice

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