How to manage drivers Using the HII Tool

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    HII Driver Management

    Hardware-Independent Imaging is a vital part of a successful imaging process. Additional features have been added to provide control and flexibility to the drivers being deployed to devices. The ability to disable drivers, assign drivers to specific hardware, and assign setup drivers has been added. It is not required to assign drivers, auto detection and assignment of drivers will still occur for devices that do not have a specifically assigned driver. The HII driver library should be rebuilt after applying Service Pack 1 to update the HII driver client database (drivers.db3).


    The HII driver management has been moved from an icon on the Operating system deployment toolbar and is now a a tool in the Distribution Toolbox


    Disable Drivers

    After building the HII library you may notice that some drivers automatically have new entries under disabled. The drivers were disabled for the generic matches included in the inf file that would have matched hardware the driver was not designed for. Reviewing these entries will show device IDs beginning with *PNP, indicating the driver could match a number of plug-and-play devices. If the driver is needed for a device in the environment, the entry can simply be removed from the disabled list.




    When adding a driver to the disabled list, the driver library folder structure will be shown. Locate and select the inf file for the driver to be disabled. After selecting the driver the list of available OS and architecture will auto populate with the versions found inside the inf you selected. Set the desired OS and architecture to list the available device IDs for the selected driver. Check the disabled box for the device ID to disable and click update to disable the driver. Select any other OS and architecture combinations and disable as needed. When complete click update and close.


    Assign Drivers

    Assigning drivers will be matched on the make, model, OS and architecture of a device. The inventory scan now includes hardware IDs for use in HII driver management. When a driver is being assigned the hardware listing will only be shown if a devices has returned an inventory scan from an Service Pack 1 agent that matches make, model, OS and architecture.


    In this example Windows 7 is selected, however on the core server there are no devices on Windows 7 for that make and model so the device tree is blank.


    A device running Windows 8 for that make and model does exist, so when selected the device tree is shown.


    Assign Driver .inf file

    After selecting the desired option in each of the drop-downs, locate and select the device that will be assigned a driver from the device tree. The option populate by selected device ID can be used to auto fill the search box.

    Searches can be made more generic by searching for just the vendor id and device id. Other Device IDs that would apply can be viewed on the device if no driver is found.


    Check the appropriate driver to assign it to the selected device. Once assigned the text for the device will turn green to indicate an assigned driver. To remove the assignment, select the device and click the red x next to the assigned driver.

    Assign Driver Package

    Devices requiring a setup package can also be assigned. Selecting the radio button driver package and select the appropriate software distribution package for that device. In the provisioning template add an HII action in the system configuration section to install the setup packages.



    Managing Assigned and Disabled Drivers

    Assigned and/or disabled items are visible in the console. Those entries can be edited and removed by selecting the item and the selecting edit or remove.