Michael Petersen has a nice new post up on the CoreTech Blog that is something I talk repeatedly about with clients. Only injecting the drivers you NEED, instead of needlessly injecting drivers until you get a working boot image.
It seems to me, people tend to add way to many drivers to their boot images, which in some cases make WinPE unstable, and subsequent make the Deployment fail. It also makes it near impossible to figure out which driver versions/types are actually included, as that info is kind of limited from within the Boot Image node itself …
What I do, is find the exact drivers needed for my WinPE environment to work on the specific model(s), and add only those drivers.. If I Can boot WinPE, and gain access to the network (IPCONFIG) and hard disk (DISKPART – list disk), I do not update my boot image, even if I choose to add a new NIC to the deployed OS itself!
In this example I will use a DELL latitude E6320, because this particular machine has a network driver not already included in WinPE.
The first thing to do is go into the device manager and check which driver the network card is using. I usually do this from the Win7 preloaded OS that comes with the machine (you know! before reinstalling). If this is not an option, you can do something similar from within WinPE using DrvLoad.exe, and wmic, but more about that in a later post!!
Advanced Format Hard Drives–Automatically Patching WinPE 3.0 With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 (MDT)
In order to support the new 4k advanced format drives, we need to apply a hotfix to WinPE 3.0.
Once you have downloaded the hotfix and extracted the files, you should have 2 files. (One for each platform)
In your Deployment Workbench, create a new folder under the “Packages” node called “Windows 7”.
Import the hotfixes into this folder.
Add this folder to your Selection Profiles for WinPE. (It is highly recommend that you use a Selection Profile for driver injection for WinPE). Modify both your x86 and x64 Selection Profiles.
Ensure your boot images are configured to use the appropriate Selection Profile.
Update your Deployment Share to incorporate the hotfix into your boot images.
Enjoy your WinPE 3.0 Advanced Format ready boot images!