Driver Store for Windows 7 Baseline Image

I am having to build a Windows 7 baseline image that will need to be deployed across a fairly large enterprise.  Now my biggest issue is that we have very broad hardware components ranging from 6-7 Dell workstation models, 4-5 HP models, and various fiber NICs (both 32 & 64bit).  I will be deploying this image via SCCM 2012 R2 CU5.  Trying to build a one-size-fits-all image seems a bit challenging given the various driver configurations, so what would be my best option?  I have already compiled most of the drivers used across the enterprise and below are some of the options I've considered:

1. DISM driver injection - I assume that injecting this huge amount of drivers into the WIM would break something... so I'd think that staging the drivers would be a better option.

2. Staging the device drivers in the driver store through the PnPUtil command-line tool (ex. pnputil.exe -a <PathToDriver>/<Driver>.inf)

3. Alternatively, could I just copy the driver folders containing the .inf and .sys files directly into the %SystemRoot%\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository directory?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

-Isaac

July 24th, 2015 1:24pm

Are you using OSD in ConfigMgr (this is a ConfigMgr forum btw) or MDT? If not, why not. Both products include driver management capabilities that deploy drivers dynamically at image deployment time without needing any of the above steps.
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July 24th, 2015 3:00pm

Hi Jason,

Yep, we're using OSD (ConfigMgr 2012R2) for lots of our sites; however, we have lots of other sites with very low bandwidth.  Since quite a few of these sites don't have enough systems to warrant a distribution point, they will have to use standalone media to image their workstations... Some of these workstations are pretty old and some are brand new models.  What would you recommend for this scenario?  Unfortunately, refreshing/standardizing hardware in the near future is highly unlikely.

July 24th, 2015 3:38pm

Stand-alone media can still use driver packages and the apply driver package task.

Have you looked into BranchCache?

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July 24th, 2015 3:58pm

 

Ah, that's right!  Maybe this would even help me keep the size of the ISO small by splitting the driver packages by location.

There was a talk once about setting up a BCS and some BranchCache clients for small remote areas, so maybe I'll bring that up next week.  Thank you Jason!

-Isaac

July 24th, 2015 4:43pm

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