Before you start adding drivers to Configuration Manager, you should spend a few minutes to decide where and how you wish to structure your drivers. There is no “one-size fits all”, but this model should fit most customers.
The Driver Source
The driver source, is the path where the drivers are imported from. The source files should always be placed on at network share, that can be accessed from the Configuration Manager Site Server. I always prefer to use DFS, as it provide me the flexibility I need when migrating ConfigMgr or the file servers hosting the source files.
This is how I like to store my source files for my drivers:
domain.localCMSource$Driver SourceLenovoLenovo ThinkPad T20Win7x64
Driver Package Source
The driver package source, is a source folder like for any other package in ConfigMgr.
domain.localCMSource$Driver PackagesLenovoLenovo ThinkPad T20Win7x64
Importing the drivers
Navigate to Software Library -> Overview -> Operating Systems -> Drivers. Select Drivers, and click Import Driver in the ribbon.
On the Locate Driver page, specify the source folder by using a network path (UNC).
Lots of vendors and hardware models, are using the same drivers, so it’s important, that you select “Import the driver and append a new category to the existing categories” (selected by default). Otherwise you might break the driver installation for other models.
On the Driver Details page, click Categories.
Click Create…, to create a new category for the new model.
Specify the name of the new category. Use something unique, so it’s easy to identify.
On the Add Driver to Packages page, click New Package…
Specify the name of the Package (Model name), and specify the path to the driver package path. Important: The Driver Package Path, and the Driver Source, can’t be the same target.
Wait for the drivers to get imported (This might take a while), but sooner or later it should complete
When the import is completed, click Close.
Distributing the driver package
To distribute the driver package to a distribution point (or distribution point group), navigate to Software Library -> Overview -> Operating Systems -> Driver Packages. Select the drive package, and click Distribute Content in the ribbon.
Click Add, and select Distribution Point Group.
Select the Distribution Point Group(s), and click OK.
The Driver Package is now imported, and ready for use in a Task Sequence.