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    Is deploying drivers via WSUS safe?

    I've been wary of doing this since Windows Update installed a wrong driver on my XP home computer years ago. I haven't trusted Windows Update with drivers since.

    Has anyone had any problems or was my experience a one-off?

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    I have done this successfully with an Intel graphics driver. Best advice would be to test the driver first on a handful of workstations.

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    Should be fine for everything except nvidia ethernet drivers that were installed when you built the pc using MDT

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickbro View Post
    Should be fine for everything except nvidia ethernet drivers that were installed when you built the pc using MDT
    Why - what happens? This is the sort of thing I was wary of!

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    Well MDT installs one version that, but a new version is in WSUS with a different bus driver, when it installs this, it can either lock up and not install it, or install part of the driver (the bus, but not the NIC). The solution I did was to manually update the drivers (using the inf) to the latest version to stop it trying to install it. (NForce 4 drivers I think). Everything else seems fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickbro View Post
    Well MDT installs one version that, but a new version is in WSUS with a different bus driver, when it installs this, it can either lock up and not install it, or install part of the driver (the bus, but not the NIC). The solution I did was to manually update the drivers (using the inf) to the latest version to stop it trying to install it. (NForce 4 drivers I think). Everything else seems fine
    Thanks. This is just the kind of thing I was wary of.

    Years ago I had machines that detected and installed the wrong AC'97 audio driver from the RIS image. Once a machine has installed the wrong driver, it's a fiddly process getting it to accept the right one.

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    I've never trusted Windows Update for driver updates; I have more bad experiences than good there, and even when I though I'd give it a go with Win7 recently thinking that they must have improved their certification process, I still had problems (forget what), so knickers to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    I've never trusted Windows Update for driver updates; I have more bad experiences than good there, and even when I though I'd give it a go with Win7 recently thinking that they must have improved their certification process, I still had problems (forget what), so knickers to it.
    Straight talking! That's what I like to see.

    I don't actually have any urgent need to deploy drivers via WSUS. I don't have any driver problems. I thought it just might be good practice.

    I think I'll leave it, then.

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    I once had a microsoft driver update mess up an admin PC to the point where I gave up and reinstalled the PC - I've not used MS for driver updates since!

    (I think it was the onboard graphics that it borked)

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    We do it and it works without issues, provided you know when not to use them. Ethernet drivers can be particularly problematic without testing and it's not something I'd ever push to a server.

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    Given that I never update drivers unless I have to, and only then with a great deal of caution, no I wouldn't just push them out with WSUS. If I had a large number of machines and one I'd tested... maybe!

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    I don't do Ethernet Drivers unless there is a problem with them, but I do send out others.

    The trick is as others have said, send to a few machines first to check that it isn't going to cause you any problems.

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    So I've been trying to find an alternative to WSUS for this problem where I can specify which drivers for groups of machines I'd like to have installed but I can't find anything suitable except maybe scripting something.

    Is there any valid enterprise options out there for a company that uses a limited (10-15) selection of dell models.

    Dell have a driver manager but this only works for the server systems.

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