Driver Automation Tool
The Driver Automation Tool is a GUI developed in PowerShell which provides full automation of BIOS and driver downloads, extraction, packaging and distribution with Dell, HP, Lenovo & Microsoft client hardware.
The intuitive GUI provides you with a full list of models from the supported manufacturer, allowing you to select one or many models, it also will detect Dell and Lenovo models matched against the WMI models known to ConfigMgr.
How Does It Work?
When the tool is opened, you have the option to select your manufacturer and OS of choice. When you click on the Find Models button, the tool initiates a download of XML content from the selected manufacturer, reads in the XML and displays a full list of models for selection. Clicking on the Add to Import List adds each of these models for processing and once you click on the Start Download and Import Process button the tool starts the full process to automatically download and package the content.
Custom & Fallback Packages
For those manufacturers who do not provide direct model XML feeds, you can also use the tool to create custom driver packages based on the same naming schema. This is important when it comes to combining the use of this tool with our Modern Driver & BIOS Management solutions (see our solutions section).
If you also wish to cater for those unknown models in your environment and provide a basic list of generic drivers to attempt a match on, there is also the ability to create a Driver Fallback Package. When used with the UseDriverFallback switch with our MDM solution, if a suitable model match is not found then a fall-back package which matches the OS being deployed is downloaded. Driver matching is then attempted within the contents of this package.
Although primarily designed for use with ConfigMgr, the tool also supports MDT. Here you will find the ability to select your deployment shares as well as dynamic creation of folder hierarchies based on total control naming methods
The Driver Automation Tool provides full model listings from the following manufacturers: Dell, HP, Lenovo & Microsoft.
Note: Model listings with the exception of Microsoft are provided by the manufactures in their XML feeds, so models will vary depending on the current support level for each model.
- Site server selection
- Automatic site code discovery
- Distribution point and distribution point group selection
- Binary differential replication
- Distribution priority
- Clean up of unused drivers
- Removal of superseded driver packages
- Removal of source download packages
- Driver & BIOS piloting
- Driver & BIOS deployment state management (production, pilot, retired)
- Auto or manual selection of the MDT PS module
- Deployment share listing
- Folder structure naming
All settings are saved into an XML file open close, and read back into the tool upon launch.