Automate Install of PnP Drivers

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by David Krause, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. David Krause

    David Krause Guest

    I'm currently in the process of building a standard Windows 20003 Server
    install that will work across 5 different servers by using sysprep and
    scripting. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to automate the
    installation of PnP drivers that are provided by the manufacturer and not on
    the Windows 2003 Server CD?

    I've come across a utility named devcon.exe that will work in my
    environment, but I was hoping for something that would be more streamlined
    (e.g., modify and ini or inf file that comes with Windows 2003 to include
    these new drivers).

    David Krause, Dec 17, 2003
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  2. circa Wed, 17 Dec 2003 13:52:09 -0500, in, David Krause
    () said,
    Devcon is unnecessary. Use [OEMPnPDriversPath] with your answer file
    (s). For more info:;en-us;254078

    If you're using sysprep, check out the -factory switch.

    Laura A. Robinson, Dec 18, 2003
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  3. David Krause

    David Krause Guest

    Thanks for the information and it worked as defined in the attached article.

    One thing that I found interested is that the -factory switch does not load
    drivers defined in the OemPnPDriversPath, but the -reseal does load the
    drivers. Interesting note for those planning to use this option in the

    Thanks again for your help...David

    David Krause, Dec 18, 2003
  4. circa Thu, 18 Dec 2003 14:54:17 -0500, in, David Krause
    () said,
    The factory switch is what you use to add the modifications to the
    base image, and reseal is what puts the machine "back" into a state
    where it completes installation. *All* syspreps have to be resealed
    in order to complete. The documentation for sysprep 2.0 is woefully
    incomplete in providing "big picture" explanation, unfortunately. :-(

    Laura A. Robinson, Dec 21, 2003
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