Thank you George,
I did some reading on MDT, WDS and WSUS…
Deploy Windows 10 with MDT 2013 and WDS
Capture Windows 10 Image using MDT 2013
Integrate WSUS Offline Updater with MDT 2013 to Deploy Windows 10
I understand that MDT can ‘embed’ upgrades into wim file for installation.
At some paragraph in articles mentioned above they mentioned ISO files and it is not clear if updates can get slipstreamed into ISO file which latter will be used for installation.
Do you have any information using WSUS to download updates which then copied to MDT to slipstream them into ISO image? This section was not completely ‘transparent’ if such procedure possible.
In the past I was slipstreaming SP3 into Windows XP, then using additional software to slipstream updates (but unfortunately not all of them, some left behind) and on top of it using slipstreaming (really embedding) drivers for most hardware.
Well, yes it still was time consuming process to build installation DVD but all this time was recovered during installation (at time I was employed with University and on positive side I embedded installation key so that graduate students could install Windows without IT group help on their lab computers).
Otherwise to install a computer with all required software would require a whole day – not best way to use work time.
George, I would appreciate if you could share in very short form what best works for you with mentioning your ‘hardware base’ (how many computers, how different computers).
For example, yesterday I tested Windows 8.1 gold image on Dell G31 mainboard with GMA3100 video card which is not supported. I have downloaded driver from Intel for G31 video, but it refused to copy files. I have downloaded video driver for Dell Vostro 530 and attempted to install it – again installation failed. And as last resort I did video driver update through Device Manager by pointing to Dell’s driver directory. After about a minute Device Manager somehow picked up the video driver (although driver is for Windows 7).
How do you handle drivers installation for old equipment which is not supported in Windows release?
In my case I use IObit Driver Booster on reference computer to install it into the image, and if the reference computer is not virtual machine then through it I update drivers (Driver Booster does pretty good job).
The deployment of such gold image on same hardware as rule does not require any update for drivers and in most cases the only update required is Defender or Essential security update (I got an impression that these updates sometimes released a few times a day).
Thank you for all your input,