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DriverExporter.exe -- How to use the Local Driver Capture tool to create a custom driver pack

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LOCAL DRIVER CAPTURE: (Making a custom driver pack from a local workstation)
  • On a workstation (not the smartImager server) open the smartImager console in a browser
  • From the smartImager console, go to Console | Driver Capture
  • From the +New Capture link, choose "Local Capture"
    • This will download an executable named "DriverExporter.exe"
    • Save the "DriverExporter.exe" file to a location of your choosing.
  • On the client workstation you wish to capture drivers from, run the "DriverExporter.exe".
    • It is important you run with local administrator rights
    • Prior to running, make sure Windows Firewall is turned off
    • Prior to running, make sure any anti-virus software is turned off
    • Prior to running, turn off user account control
  • Once the DriverExporter.exe is running, choose "smartImager Integrated Capture" from the "Driver Exporter Type" screen and click OK.
     
  • From the "Driver Export Utility" screen, type in the smartImager server name or IP address
    • NOTE: Do NOT enter an "Optional Driver Pack Tag" - this should only be used if you have an existing driver pack for the same model and you are testing driver versions.
    • Click "Next"
  • smartImager will spend a few minutes gathering information about drivers on your system.  Wait until the "Current System Device Drivers" screen appears.
  • From the "Current System Device Drivers" screen, highlight (using the CTRL or SHIFT keys and the mouse or arrows) the drivers you wish to extract into a driver pack.
    • IMPORTANT: Do NOT select any drivers that are software drivers (like VPN drivers or virtual drive software).
    • IMPORTANT: Do NOT select any drivers marked with "[SYSTEM SUPPLIED]" as these drivers come with the operating system.
    • After you have selected the drivers you want, click "Next".
  • smartImager will now spend a few minutes gathering and preparing your drivers.
    • During this time, you can open the smartImager Console and refresh the Driver Capture page (Console | Driver Capture) to see the progress.
  • Once completed, smartImager will display the "Finished" screen.
    • The "Finished" screen will ask you if you wish to view the drivers from the \<your_server_nameUploads directory.
    • Choose Yes or No and close the DriverExporter utility.
  • From your smartImager console, refresh the Driver Capture page (Console | Driver Capture) and wait until the importing of drivers is complete.
    • NOTE: This should only take between 2 and 12 minutes depending on the amount of drivers in your driver pack.
  • When the "Driver Capture" page has completed your driver pack import, add your new driver pack to your Build (Builds menu from the top menu items).
    • IMPORTANT: If you do not add your driver pack to a Build, it will not be used during a deployment.
  • Publish your changes
    • From the top menu choose Publish, then Driver Packs.

DriverExporter.exe -- How to use the Local Driver Capture tool to create a custom driver pack

LOCAL DRIVER CAPTURE: (Making a custom driver pack from a local workstation)
  • On a workstation (not the smartImager server) open the smartImager console in a browser
  • From the smartImager console, go to Console | Driver Capture
  • From the +New Capture link, choose "Local Capture"
    • This will download an executable named "DriverExporter.exe"
    • Save the "DriverExporter.exe" file to a location of your choosing.
  • On the client workstation you wish to capture drivers from, run the "DriverExporter.exe".
    • It is important you run with local administrator rights
    • Prior to running, make sure Windows Firewall is turned off
    • Prior to running, make sure any anti-virus software is turned off
    • Prior to running, turn off user account control
  • Once the DriverExporter.exe is running, choose "smartImager Integrated Capture" from the "Driver Exporter Type" screen and click OK.
     
  • From the "Driver Export Utility" screen, type in the smartImager server name or IP address
    • NOTE: Do NOT enter an "Optional Driver Pack Tag" - this should only be used if you have an existing driver pack for the same model and you are testing driver versions.
    • Click "Next"
  • smartImager will spend a few minutes gathering information about drivers on your system.  Wait until the "Current System Device Drivers" screen appears.
  • From the "Current System Device Drivers" screen, highlight (using the CTRL or SHIFT keys and the mouse or arrows) the drivers you wish to extract into a driver pack.
    • IMPORTANT: Do NOT select any drivers that are software drivers (like VPN drivers or virtual drive software).
    • IMPORTANT: Do NOT select any drivers marked with "[SYSTEM SUPPLIED]" as these drivers come with the operating system.
    • After you have selected the drivers you want, click "Next".
  • smartImager will now spend a few minutes gathering and preparing your drivers.
    • During this time, you can open the smartImager Console and refresh the Driver Capture page (Console | Driver Capture) to see the progress.
  • Once completed, smartImager will display the "Finished" screen.
    • The "Finished" screen will ask you if you wish to view the drivers from the \<your_server_nameUploads directory.
    • Choose Yes or No and close the DriverExporter utility.
  • From your smartImager console, refresh the Driver Capture page (Console | Driver Capture) and wait until the importing of drivers is complete.
    • NOTE: This should only take between 2 and 12 minutes depending on the amount of drivers in your driver pack.
  • When the "Driver Capture" page has completed your driver pack import, add your new driver pack to your Build (Builds menu from the top menu items).
    • IMPORTANT: If you do not add your driver pack to a Build, it will not be used during a deployment.
  • Publish your changes
    • From the top menu choose Publish, then Driver Packs.