SCCM 2007 : Best Practice importing drivers (Part 3) , Creating your search folders in SCCM.

March 6, 2009 at 7:54 am in AdminUi, ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, sccm, SCCM 2007 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Did you ever wonder what would be the required best practice steps on how to import new drivers in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), when building a new hardware model. Well I try to explain the steps to accomplish this in a few sections . This section is Part 3 : Creating your search folders in SCCM.

clip_image004 In this example we are creating a search folder for reporting drivers of the “Lenovo R61”

First of all, Driver search folders are used combined with categories attached to your drivers. It is very important that you execute the task described in my previous post “Best Practice importing drivers Part 2″ correctly. If you assign these categories incorrectly , your driver search folder will display incorrect results.

The driver search folder is being used to easily fill up the driver package with the correct drivers for the correct hardware model.

I. In the ConfigMgr console, expand ”Site Database

II. Expand Computer Management in the left pane.

III. Expand the “Operating system deployment” à Click “Drivers

IV. Navigate to the Folder “[PC]”

V. Go to the folder “[Search Folders]” , right click on the folder and select “New search folder


VI. The following window appears and you must select in step 1 the field “Categories”


VII. In step 2 you click on the field “Categories” and select your value that suits your hardware model !


clip_image004[1] In this example we are creating a search folder for reporting drivers of the “Lenovo R61”


VIII. In step 3 you must select the checkbox “Search all folders under this feature”.


IX. In step 4 you must fill in your name that represents the correct hardware model. In this case it is “R61-8935CTO Drivers”. Click “OK” to close the window.


X. When you go back to the search folder you just created , you will see that the drivers that have the R61-8935 category assigned are all there.



For the Part 4 , I will show you on how to import drivers from your search folder into your earlier created driver package !


Hope it helps,


Kenny Buntinx

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