Can A DFS Share Be Used For The OEM PNP DevicePath Value

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Currently before I sysprep/Ghost Windows 2000 I create folder on the hard drive that contains all the 3rd party OEM PNP drivers I need that isn't apart of the OS as a default.  By adding the local paths to the drivers in the sysprep.ini file under OemPnPDriversPath= has worked fine except now I want something a bit more dynamic.

I want to be able to use a DFS share for my device drivers (except for NIC drivers of course).  This in itself isn't to hard by writing to the registry location of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DevicePath instead of using the OemPnPDriversPath= in the sysprep.ini.  I have tested writing this to the registry after a device is established to the native mode Domain and it works fine discovering new drivers.

The main requirement I want is for a device to use the drivers from a DFS share during it's mini-setup up period after you first Ghost image a device.  If I can do this I can update all my drivers on the DFS share instead of having to create a new image periodically as new drivers are published by the manufacturer and necessary to use.

Has anyone successfully done this before and have the technical details?  Thanks!
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It would be my guess that, since the pnp device drivers are used before the computer has been added (and reobooted) into the domain that you would not be able to participate in a DFS share because of authentication issues.

Then again, I could be wrong;-)

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You can access a DFS share in a Workgroup state.
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Hello sumladar,
-There is a basic flaw in your idea & requirement....  When the mini wizard is running & drivers are installed you have no network access... The NIC is not initialized or usable durring the mini-wizard setup therefor this is not possible..

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I believe you are correct Housenet.  I have all over the net and haven't been able to find any info on this.  The direction I think I'm going to look into that might be able to help me is with Windows PE.  Thanks.

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Hello sumladar,
-I would evaluate Norton Ghost 7 enterprise.. There is an application packager called AIsnapshot & builder.. You can use it to automate the deployment of drivers, apps, settings & it is very simple to grasp & use..

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