You can import a Windows driver that is described by an information (.inf) file, in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, by using the CreateFromINF Method in Class SMS_Driver.

To import a Windows driver

  1. Set up a connection to the SMS Provider. For more information, see About the SMS Provider in Configuration Manager.

  2. Call the CreateFromINF Method in Class SMS_Driver to get the initial SMS_Driver Server WMI Class management base object.

  3. Create an instance of SMS_Driver by using the management base object.

  4. Populate the SMS_Driver object.

  5. Commit the SMS_Driver object.


The following example method creates an SMS_Driver object for a Windows driver by using the supplied path and file name. The example also enables the driver by setting the value of the IsEnabled property to true. The helper function GetDriverName is used to get the name of the driver from the driver package XML.

The path parameter must be supplied as a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) network path, for example, \\localhost\Drivers\ATIVideo\.

In the example, the LocaleID property is hard-coded to English (U.S.). If you need the locale for non-U.S. installations, you can get it from the SMS_Identification Server WMI Class LocaleID property.

For information about calling the sample code, see Calling Configuration Manager Code Snippets.

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Sub ImportINFDriver(connection, path, name)

	Dim driverClass
	Dim inParams
	Dim outParams

	On Error Resume Next

	' Obtain an instance of the class 
	' using a key property value.

	Set driverClass = connection.Get("SMS_Driver")

	' Obtain an InParameters object specific
	' to the method.
	Set inParams = driverClass.Methods_("CreateFromINF"). _

	' Add the input parameters.
	inParams.Properties_.Item("DriverPath") =  path
	inParams.Properties_.Item("INFFile") =  name

	' Call the method.
	' The OutParameters object in outParams
	' is created by the provider.
	Set outParams = connection.ExecMethod("SMS_Driver", "CreateFromINF", inParams)

   If Err <> 0 Then
		Wscript.Echo "Failed to add to the driver catalog: " + path + "\" + name
		Exit Sub
	End If
	outParams.Driver.IsEnabled =  True
	Dim LocalizedSettings(0)
	Set LocalizedSettings(0) = connection.Get("SMS_CI_LocalizedProperties").SpawnInstance_()
	LocalizedSettings(0).Properties_.item("LocaleID") =  1033 
	LocalizedSettings(0).Properties_.item("DisplayName") = _
			GetDriverName(outParams.Driver.SDMPackageXML, "//DisplayName", "Text")

	LocalizedSettings(0).Properties_.item("Description") = ""	
	outParams.Driver.LocalizedInformation = LocalizedSettings

	' Save the driver.
End Sub

Function GetDriverName(xmlContent, nodeName, attributeName)
	' Load the XML Document
	Dim attrValue
	Dim XMLDoc
	Dim objNode
	Dim displayNameNode

	attrValue = ""
	Set XMLDoc = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDOM")	 
	XMLDoc.async = False

	'Check for a successful load of the XML Document.
	If xmlDoc.parseError.errorCode <> 0 Then
		WScript.Echo vbcrlf & "Error loading XML Document. Error Code : 0x" & hex(xmldoc.parseerror.errorcode)
		WScript.Echo "Reason: " & xmldoc.parseerror.reason
		WScript.Echo "Parse Error line " & xmldoc.parseError.line & ", character " & _
					xmldoc.parseError.linePos & vbCrLf & xmldoc.parseError.srcText

		GetXMLAttributeValue = ""	
		' Select the node
		Set objNode = xmlDoc.SelectSingleNode(nodeName)
		If Not objNode Is Nothing Then
			' Found the element, now just pick up the Text attribute value
			Set displayNameNode = objNode.attributes.getNamedItem(attributeName)
			If Not displayNameNode Is Nothing Then
			 attrValue = displayNameNode.value
			 WScript.Echo "Attribute not found"
			End If
			WScript.Echo "Failed to locate " & nodeName & " element."
		End If
	End If

	' Save the results
	GetDriverName = attrValue
End Function
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public void ImportInfDriver(
	WqlConnectionManager connection, 
	string path, 
	string name)
		Dictionary<string, object> inParams = new Dictionary<string, object>();

		// Set up parameters for the path and file name.
		inParams.Add("DriverPath", path);
		inParams.Add("INFFile", name);

		// Import the INF file.
		IResultObject result = connection.ExecuteMethod("SMS_Driver", "CreateFromINF", inParams);

		// Create the SMS_Driver driver instance from the management base object returned in result["Driver"].
		IResultObject driver = connection.CreateInstance(result["Driver"].ObjectValue);

		// Enable the driver.
		driver["IsEnabled"].BooleanValue = true;

		List<IResultObject> driverInformationList = driver.GetArrayItems("LocalizedInformation");

		// Set up the display name and other information.
		IResultObject driverInfo = connection.CreateEmbeddedObjectInstance("SMS_CI_LocalizedProperties");
		driverInfo["DisplayName"].StringValue = GetDriverName(driver);
		driverInfo["LocaleID"].IntegerValue = 1033;
		driverInfo["Description"].StringValue = "";


		driver.SetArrayItems("LocalizedInformation", driverInformationList);

		// Commit the SMS_Driver object.
	catch (SmsException e)
		Console.WriteLine("Failed to import driver: " + e.Message);

public string GetDriverName(IResultObject driver)	
	// Extract 
	XmlDocument sdmpackage = new XmlDocument();


	// Iterate over all the <DisplayName/> tags.
	foreach (XmlNode displayName in sdmpackage.GetElementsByTagName("DisplayName"))		 
	// Grab the first one with a Text attribute not equal to null.
		if (displayName != null && displayName.Attributes["Text"] != null  
			&& !string.IsNullOrEmpty(displayName.Attributes["Text"].Value))  
				// Return the DisplayName text.
				return displayName.Attributes["Text"].Value; 
	// Default the driverName to the UniqueID.
	return driver["CI_UniqueID"].StringValue;  

The example method has the following parameters:

Parameter Type Description


  • Managed: WqlConnectionManager

  • VBScript: SWbemServices

A valid connection to the SMS Provider.


  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

A valid UNC network path to the folder that contains the driver contents. For example, \\Servers\Driver\VideoDriver.


  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

The name of the .inf file. For example, ATI.inf.

Compiling the Code

This C# example requires:










Robust Programming

For more information about error handling, see About Configuration Manager Errors.


For more information about securing Configuration Manager applications, see About Securing Configuration Manager Applications.

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