I had an interesting question from Rick who works at CSC today with regards to MDT and being able to specify which model of computer gets which driver. If you put a driver in the Out of Box Drivers, the concern is you can’t specify which driver will be installed for a given machine, it will select what it feels is the best for the hardware. Now hardware companies like Dell and Lenovo make drivers for an ATI card along with ATI. If you add all three, which gets picked, how can he ensure the lenovo gets the lenovo driver and not the ATI driver for the card?
After lunch, I came back to my laptop and did some searching. I came across the solution via the The Deployment Guys Blog.
In a nutshell, here’s what one has to do.
First, create a new driver group called No Drivers, don’t add any drivers to that group.
Create a separate deployment point (the second option in the deployment points)
Right click on the new distribution point and click properties. In properties, hit the rule tabs and add below [Default]
You will need to make the folder you specified above, share it and create directories in the share folder which correspond to the value the WMI gathers during the MDT deployment process. Put in the drivers you want into the model directories. For example, the model name on my VM is Virtual Machine, I would need a folder called \\Servername\Share\Virtual Machine
Next in the properties, jump over to drivers tab, select the no drivers option.
Click okay. Rebuild you file index and you have the solution to the problem.