What are the filenames of a few of the files that aren't downloading?
Also, there is a log called hiiclient.log located either in the X:\LDClient folder in WinPE or the X:\Windows\System32 folder in WinPE. You can run a task with HII, but edit the script to not reboot when it's completed so you can view the log file.
The image is 6GB but we also have T60, T61 and T400's that use the same image and they push down within 20 minutes. I have tried searching for a different nic driver but haven't been able to find one. The slowness just appears to be isolated to the T410 model through WinPE b/c we still have our ghost server up and it pushes down at a normal speed.
The total size of the drivers are about 130 MB and they include the Video, Audio, LAN, WLAN and chipset.
LANDesk HII will not download any .exe files. Im pretty sure its mostly .inf files. There are only a few driver files it does support, I can't remember which ones, .inf, .cat, etc.
Normally if you have a file that is not supported in HII the gui produces a red exclamation circle and will not allow you to save.
For anyone who comes across this issue give this a shot. Some driver files had the .resource extension and IIS was denying downloading these files via http
RE: the RED CIRCLE w/exclaimation mark when attempting to add drivers to the HII database in LDMS 9.0
When I went to Landesk training in Salt Lake last year I asked about this; I was told that the HII tool in the console is specifically looking for an .INF before it will allow you to add the drivers to the database. I believe I was looking in the ROOT folder of a given driver download and there was no .INF there, however there were INFs burried in subfoldes. My Landesk trainer told me to simple create an empty .INF file, called oemsetup.inf in the root and then the console would permit the drivers to be installed.
So I've been doing this since then but recently I started to take another look at it.
I've decided that my trainer either didn't know what he was talking about or he just wanted to shut me up so that he could carry on with his class.
Whatever the case may be I have decided that HII with LDMS 9.0 is not the end of the road when it comes to driver installs. I've observed that most of the drivers that were installed on my Windows 7 machines were microsoft copies rather than the ones that I meticulously added to LDMS, many of which initially reported the RED CIRCLE but were added anyway courtesy of the empty OEMSETUP.INF files I created.
I have since found this thread which sheds light on a way to install drivers which come with .EXE installers.
Here is an abstract from the document:
One of the problems that I have seen with LANDesk 9 HII is the inability to load Setup.exe drivers during the HII process. To many, this is a big deal because a lot of drivers these days require applications to run them, One example is the HP Quicklaunch buttons for laptops. Which have drivers embedded in the executable and the application is required to use the driver like On Screen Display messages. I personally like to have those installed on my models.
Here is a workaround that I have found that is quite successful in getting this job done with a little AutoIT scripting. Wmi_model.exe will detect your System Model and deploy another script based off of that system."
With all of the work I'm putting into testing the solution provided there I am essentially doubling my work and then some and I am starting to see HII as falling WAY SHORT of the billing it received when I was sold this product.
I can't wait for an actual Landesk employee to join in on this discussion and tell us all how LDMS 9.0 is supposed to handle this...or at least tell us that Landesk is working on a way to include .exe files in HII.
I agree that right now HII falls way short right now when only using what LANDesk provides out of the box. I think its crazy that one of their own employees Jan Beulens helped develop an HII process that is nearly flawless that has been around for quite some time (which I still use to this day). I hope that the future of HII gains more focus and not be so dependent on "workarounds"
HII was working for me but it just took too long over http to copy the drivers across and my imaging would take more than 1 hour. All I did was make a new dierctoy under %servername%\ldmain\landesk\files called "driverManualCopy" then made a directory for each model Laptop/desktop i.e.
Put all the correct drivers in the required folder.
Then under provisioning Post-OS Installation create a new copy file action and copy the drivers to the D:\Windows\LDDriverStore
Now make sure you have the following in your unattend.xml script
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="1" wcm:action="add">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
This will force WIndows to install the drivers.
This worked for me.
With exe drivers I used a tool called "Driver Magician". This allowed me to install all drivers on a Laptop/Desktop then run Driver Magician and backup these drivers (Including inf files) to a directory.
Alternatively you can make a distribution package for the exe and install silently once the operating system boots up.