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Adding out of box drivers in MDT 2013

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I am trying to import drivers to MDT. I created a folder under out of box drivers and imported drivers. But I can not see them.
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by:George Simos
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Hello,

Try to refresh the MDT console or the Drivers node, you can do that  by right clicking on the Deployment Share or the Node of your interest and selecting "Refresh".
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I did that couple times, but still no. Does MDT takes .exe files. I have downloaded .exe form HP website.
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by:George Simos
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Unfortunately No!

You have to extract the contents of the executables or zip file and then import them, if your drivers are part of a setup package then you may not have all the functionality it provides but merely the basic driver.
Let me give you some nice reads for that:

1) Read this first : MDT 2013 Lite Touch Driver Management
2) Watch this video from the same expert (Johan Arwidmark): A Drivers Saga – Mastering Windows Deployment

I prefer to use scripts to import drivers automatically in MDT with a specific structure, but since you have started dealing with this, it can wait until you fully understand how it works.
Don't worry if there are references to older MDT versions, the rules are the same!
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by:Dj 3094
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Thanks for the response. Could you please provide me with where can I get scripts?
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by:George Simos
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Of-course, have you managed to import the drivers as I guided you though?
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Yes I have extracted .INF files from exe and uploaded them to MDT.
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by:Dj 3094
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Also I have to create a bootable media with all the drivers with the custom image file. When I connect the bootable media it should point to WDS server and grab the image from it and install. Is that possible?
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Please do not expand the topics of your initial question, you can create another one if you want.

Here are some good sources regarding the scripting methods to import drivers in MDT:

1) First read this: MDT Powershell: Creating a Driverstore folder structure
2) Then this: MDT Powershell: Importing device drivers from organised folders
3) This one is more visual if you like: Add Drivers To MDT 2010/2012/2013/2013Update1 (Total Control Method)
4) Excellent Post to educate yourself with valuable references: Rethinking Driver Management in MDT 2013
5) And its follow-up with the script: Automated Driver Import in MDT 2013
6) And one last article I contributed about Laptops provisioning in an Enterprise (just to support me if you want): ‘Manual IT’ or Automation: Getting new laptops ready for use
If you would like please leave a comment in #6.

The list above is just a start, there are plenty of scripts and variations of them around, I prefer the PowerShell ones for many reasons.

Good luck!
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by:Dj 3094
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Thanks George, I will raise another question if required for that.
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You're welcome!
If you don't mind please check the other posts as assisted solutions.
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Its not allowing me to do that, but for sure from next time I will do that. I have many question with MDT and WDS now,  I really hope you will be of great help. Thanks a lot.
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by:George Simos
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No worries!

Here is another link that helped me when I started long ago looking for a scripted drivers import solution (Johan Arwidmark is one of the best guys on the planet for OS Deployment): MDT - Drivers - PowerShell is king
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