Best driver update programs/websites for Server 2016

What are the best driver update programs/websites for Server 2016 and Server 2012?

I support a lot of generic, non name brand servers that run Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, and Server 2016 and am always interested in loading the latest drivers on these servers.

I have found that the Driver Booster website doesn't update all of the drivers that can be updated.

So what are the best driver update programs, utilities, and websites for Server 2016? Are there any free solutions for doing these updates?
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Si non confectus, non reficiat.  If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

If it is working, there is no reason to fiddle with it unless there is a known problem that affects this specific system.

Contrariwise, if you fiddle with it and play with critical things like drivers and BIOS, there is a good chance that something will break and it will be non-trivial to get the system back into a working state.  This is unacceptable on a server and does not please the people who sign your paycheck.
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
This is only being done in test and lab environments where these things need to be tested.

So what are the best driver update programs, utilities, and websites for Server 2016? Are there any free solutions for doing these updates?
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fred hakimRetired ITCommented:
I have used Slimware's Driver program with reasonable success.    Assuming you have no luck finding the OEM download site, its one I try before manually googling for a driver.

See:  https://slimware.com/driverupdate?upl=c1%3AeJx1jM2KgzAURp9GdxF1tFMX2Qylq0ILlumy3CQ3EjCJ3CT9eftmBoRuujscvvOl-RpiEkbxpu62Ug81k1IL1m2ajm2_hoEBdBprLVQroEzzVXpB4BQfL225kFdJxn9OAWnEyaKLoeh_RhOx6HeZdt6CcZl5mI29A2Elvf28P8H0R7xo94rMDSktCiKWgvw9N-fngnxvCLV_rO4XKRjveP9d1as7gJtSvuLoWArlMkPUnuxx5BfjVJ68qbXfVM0LfGdfdA#compare

I have used others as well, none seem perfect, especially for unusual hardware.  While your messing with drivers, you may want a good driver backup program.  I use double driver.  Its been around for years.  What I like is its ability to save the drivers from another windows disk than the one you are booted from.   see:  http://help.boozet.org/dd.htm

Another handy tool is tweaking's hardware identify.  It will list all the devices installed with their IDs and you can click on any of them to search google for drivers.  Its a lot easier than trying to type those cryptic IDs into a google search window.  

See:  http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/tweaking_com_hardware_identify.html
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nobusCommented:
the best tool is yourself
go to the manufacturer of the hardware's site, and update the drivers manually
i found every "auto" update soft lacking in one or more options
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
If you use 3rd party app, someone says that you are killing your system... Neither confirmed nor denied...

I prefer downloading drivers from manufacturer's websites but sometimes it just easy to let them download by 3rd party app.
We tested dozens of them and we have found the winner! We always use Driver Pack Solution. The best one among all apps like this.
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