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Migrating Driver Packages from SCCM 2007 to SCCM 2012

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i just deployed and installed a new SCCM 2012 and deleted the old SCCM 2007 because it was completely useless.

however, im having some problems to migrate all Driver Packages over:

when i access the driver package folder ou our filer,i cannot because i get asked to specity an UNC path to an empty folder.

i just want exactly the same folder,but this doesnt seem to be working? why is that and how shall i proceed?
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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb693731.aspx

Specify the driver package source by entering the path to the driver package source directory in Universal Naming Convention (UNC) format. Alternatively, you can specify the source by clicking Browse to open the Browse For Folder dialog box, and browsing to the correct path. If you need to create a new empty folder for the source directory which will contain the device driver content, click Make New Folder. Each driver package must have a unique source path.

http://www.ronnipedersen.com/2012/03/importing-drivers-for-osd-in-configmgr-2012/

Important: The Driver Package Path, and the Driver Source, can’t be the same target.
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ok,thx.

im a bit confused which i shall use:

drivers or driver packages? which solution is better for which deployment?

we have a lot of OD boot images where those packages are integrated into.
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You could use either. You apparently just can't have the source and dest be the same in 2012 like you could in 2007. In 2007 you point to your driver folder for your source and then whatever dest that you choose (source folder or otherwise) it creates a new folder with some sort of UID. Those could be in the same folder in 2007. Attached is a screenshot for my Optiplex 790 drivers. You see some folders are named for the device (source) and some that are a GUID (destination).

I personally use driver packages. If you just import drivers and don't create packages your only option during OSD is Auto Apply Drivers. I used this when first staring to deploy Win7 via OSD and ran into problems with some drivers not being installed properly or not at all.

Here is good article on sccm driver management. It applies to configmgr 2007 but I think the principles will still apply to 2012.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2008/02/15/driver-management-part-1-configuration-manager.aspx

Hope that helps in some way.

Another great resource for SCCM is http://www.windows-noob.com

SCCM Driver Folder
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ok,good.thx.

for each computer type i created a new driver package,created a new,empty folder and added the original data source,that seems to work.

pls see PS below. any other suggestions i should`do? best ptactices?
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Yes. So for me since I'm still using 2007. My driver source and destination are the same folder on my SCCM package share.

packages$\Desktop\Operating System Deployment\Drivers\Driver Packs\<folders by device name> (these folders were my source and dest during import)

for simplicity's sake, since the source and the destination must be different during import in 2012 you would have something like: (adjust for your actual paths)

C:\Driver\Model (source)
C:\Driver\Packages\Model (destination)

Attached is a screenshot of my driver structure. I created folders under the Drivers section so that could import the drivers for each model and keep them separated beyond just using categories (which i use as well). I then have a package for each model.

SCCM Drivers
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Lol, looks like you updated your post as I was replying. Glad you got it working, as for best practices I think everyone manages their drivers in their own way. The article i posted gives some good ideas. I personally find it easier to manage if everything is organized by machine model.
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