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Custom Make and Model

Posted on 2013-10-30
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Hi Experts,

I have just set up a domain for a Local Computer shop, With custom Images in MDT and WDS and all that.

I read somewhere in an MDT guide, about auto selecting drivers based on Model Name ect, if you set up the Out Of The Box Driver folders correctly,

And to get the Make Model of the PC your working with you use the "wmic csproduct get make,vendor" cmd.

Because its a computer shop, they dont but HP's off the shelf and they build custom builds, im not sure It would work

How can I rename the PC Make/Vendor so its called what I want like DC as the make and GAMING RIG as the model ect?

Thanks
Luke
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The make and model is taken from the BIOS, so it's likely the brand/model of motherboard they've used. Run the command on one of their boxes and see what you get:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/b25958e1-feeb-4f34-8d43-dbccb21e8805/make-and-model-settings-question?forum=mdt

Note that since MDT assumes that anything with the same make/model is going to have the same hardware, this might cause an issue if they've used the same motherboard but different additional hardware for different PCs. If they've used different motherboards for each PC, or the PCs with the same motherboard have uniform hardware, this may work.
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I agree with what you saying. There must be a solution to my need though. Lets say HP, for instance, The release a Model called HP Elite 1111, but this can be bought with an i5 or an i3, 500Gb HDD or 128SSD ect, so alsong as the MB is the same then It Should be Fine.

Maybe some reseach in custom bio flashing or something?

Thanks
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Most of the changes that OEMs change on a specific pre-built model: CPU, amount of RAM, the HDD, have no effect on the drivers used. The CPU doesn't need a driver, the chipset does (and is the same regardless of what CPU is in the socket). The HDD or SSD doesn't need a driver, the SATA controller does. It's only when doing bigger changes like adding a discreet graphics card instead of using intergrated graphics that a different drive would have to be used.

Some companies actually change the model number for every possible configuration of that model, to take into account any different hardware. Lenovo does this. This article details how to create a custom model for MDT to use to get around this:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/mniehaus/archive/2009/07/17/querying-the-mdt-database-using-a-custom-model.aspx

It's possible you could create a custom model based on the serial number instead. This page shows how to extract the serial number for the naming the PC, but it could be combined with the custom model feature to make every PC unique in the MDT database.
http://windowsdeployments.net/using-a-user-exit-script-to-customize-deployments-in-mdt/
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