For many enterprise IT departments, the process of maintaining an extensive population of functional Windows PCs relies on the ability of the administrative staff to quickly deploy a consistent operating system. Each of these deployments not only must contain the essential Windows OS, but must also include every update and driver to support a variety of hardware.
Maintaining such an extensive library of device drivers can be a daunting exercise for most IT administrators, especially when considering how the enterprise population of Windows hardware can change from one quarter to the next. As new
PCs refresh the old, a new set of device drivers must be added or replaced to maintain a highly functional OS deployment process. Even with its many advances,
This issue is compounded by the extensive amount of time Microsoft SCCM lacks the tools and resources needed for driver maintenance, something that, given budget cuts and reduced headcounts, many that IT departments need to easily IT departments don’t have. The need to maintain hard manage the extensive number of drive image integrity has forced many IT departments to reallocate their valuable but limited resources to device hardware device drivers found
driver management rather than support IT projects that throughout a typical enterprise could boost end user productivity. Windows PC infrastructure.
In an effort to streamline this process, IT departments have utilized a number of Windows imaging solutions. First-generation imaging solutions like Symantec Ghost® were primarily designed for small networks and did not meet the needs of an enterprise network containing thousands of Windows PCs. Second-generation imaging solutions such as Acronis® and Altiris® standardized the Windows installation process, but even these solutions continued to prove inadequate
for larger environments.
In an effort to evolve its systems management toolset for enterprise IT organizations, Microsoft released System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), a complete system management architecture that enables IT support administrators to customize their Windows PC deployments. As a result of these efforts, SCCM has now become the benchmark systems management solution and the industry standard deployment methodology for Windows OS images within the enterprise.
Even with its many advances, SCCM lacks the tools that IT departments need to easily manage the extensive number of hardware device drivers found throughout a typical enterprise Windows PC infrastructure. To overcome these shortcomings,
SCCM administrators must devise their own manual driver management practices that rob valuable support resources and extend the time required to administer Windows deployments.
What IT departments need is a driver management solution that not only works within the SCCM framework, but also incorporates an automated process for gathering, managing, organizing, and deploying all Windows device drivers across
the entire enterprise. To optimize IT efficiency, such a solution should minimize both the time and the cost associated with Windows operating system deployments.
Such a solution is now available: the Universal Imaging Utility System Deploy Plug-in (UIUSD) specifically provides a fully integrated and comprehensive device drive management solution within the Microsoft SCCM solution framework.
This white paper will educate enterprise IT personnel to the benefits associated with the UIUSD and how it can be used to
streamline PC device driver management,