You create a package for an operating system deployment driver, in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, by creating a SMS_DriverPackage Server WMI Class object. To add a driver to the package, you call the AddDriverContent Method in Class SMS_DriverPackage.

Driver packages are used to store the content associated with drivers. When creating a driver package, the source location should initially be an empty share that the SMS Provider has read and write access to. When a driver is added to a driver package, using AddDriverContent, the SMS Provider will copy the content from the driver source location to a subdirectory in the driver package share.

It is necessary to add the content that is associated with a driver to a driver package and assign it to a distribution point before the client can use it. You get the driver content from the SMS_CIToContent Server WMI Class object where the CI_ID property matches the driver identifier.

It is possible for multiple drivers to share the same content. This typically happens when there are multiple .inf files in the same directory.

AddDriverContent can be used to add multiple drivers to a package simultaneously. To do this, add multiple content IDs. The bRefreshDPs parameter should be set to false if another call will be made. This ensures the package is only updated on the distribution point once.

When you call AddDriverContent, you specify a set of package source locations. Typically this is the SMS_Driver Server WMI Class object ContentSourcePath property, but it can be overridden if the provider does not have access to the original source location.

To create a driver package and add driver content

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

  2. Create an SMS_DriverPackage object.

  3. Set the PkgSourceFlag property of the SMS_DriverPackage object to 2 (Storage Direct).

  4. Commit the SMS_DriverPackage object.

  5. Get the SMS_DriverPackage object.

  6. Put the list of drivers that you want to add to the package in the AddDriverContent method ContentIDs in parameter.

  7. Put the list of driver content source paths in the AddDriverContent method ContentSourcePath in parameter.

  8. Call the AddDriverContent method.

  9. Call the RefreshPkgSource Method in Class SMS_DriverPackage to complete the operation.

  10. Assign the driver package to a distribution point. For more information, see How to Assign a Package to a Distribution Point.


The following example method creates a package for a supplied driver identifier, represented by the CI_ID property of the SMS_Driver Server WMI Class object. The method also takes a new package name, description, and package source path as parameters.

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

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

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Sub CreateDriverPackage(connection, driverId, newPackageName, newPackageDescription,  newPackageSourcePath)

	Dim newPackage
	Dim driver 
	Dim packageSources
	Dim refreshDPs
	Dim content 
	Dim path
	Dim contentIds
	Dim index
	Dim item
	' Create the new driver package object.
	Set newPackage = connection.Get("SMS_DriverPackage").SpawnInstance_

	' Populate the new package properties.
	newPackage.Name = newPackageName
	newPackage.Description = newPackageDescription
	newPackage.PkgSourceFlag = 2 ' Storage direct
	newPackage.PkgSourcePath = newPackageSourcePath

	' Save the package.

	' Get the newly created package (Do this to call AddDriverContent).
	Set newPackage=connection.Get(path)

	' Get the driver
	Set driver = connection.Get("SMS_Driver.CI_ID=" & driverId )

	' Get the driver content.
	Set content = connection.ExecQuery("Select * from SMS_CIToContent where CI_ID=" & driverId)

	If content.Count = 0 Then
		Wscript.Echo "No content found"
		Exit Sub
	End If

	' Create Array to hold driver content identifiers.
	contentIds = Array()
	ReDim contentIds(content.Count-1)
	index = 0
	For Each item In content		 
		contentIds(index) = item.ContentID 
		index = index+1	 
	' Create sources path Array.
	packageSources = Array(driver.ContentSourcePath)
	refreshDPs = False

	' Add the driver content.
	Call newPackage.AddDriverContent(contentIds,packageSources,refreshDPs)
	wscript.echo "Done"

End Sub
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public void CreateDriverPackage(
	WqlConnectionManager connection, 
	int driverId, 
	string newPackageName, 
	string newPackageDescription, 
	string newPackageSourcePath)
		if (Directory.Exists(newPackageSourcePath) == false)
			throw new DirectoryNotFoundException("Package source path doesn't exist");

		// Create new package object.
		IResultObject newPackage = connection.CreateInstance("SMS_DriverPackage");

		IResultObject driver = connection.GetInstance("SMS_Driver.CI_ID=" + driverId);

		newPackage["Name"].StringValue = newPackageName;
		newPackage["Description"].StringValue = newPackageDescription;
		newPackage["PkgSourceFlag"].IntegerValue = (int)PackageSourceFlag.StorageDirect;
		newPackage["PkgSourcePath"].StringValue = newPackageSourcePath;

		// Save new package and new package properties.


		// Get the content identifier.
		List<int> contentIDs = new List<int>();
		IResultObject content = connection.QueryProcessor.ExecuteQuery("Select * from SMS_CIToContent where CI_ID=" + driverId);

		foreach (IResultObject ro in content)

		// Get the package source.
		List<string> packageSources = new List<string>();

		Dictionary<string, Object> inParams = new Dictionary<string, object>();

		inParams.Add("bRefreshDPs", true);
		inParams.Add("ContentIDs", contentIDs.ToArray());
		inParams.Add("ContentSourcePath", packageSources.ToArray());

		newPackage.ExecuteMethod("AddDriverContent", inParams);
	catch (SmsException ex)
		Console.WriteLine("Failed to create package. Error: " + ex.Message);

The example method has the following parameters:

Parameter Type Description


  • Managed: WqlConnectionManager

  • VBScript: SWbemServices

A valid connection to the SMS Provider.


  • Managed: Integer

  • VBScript: Integer

The driver identifier (SMS_Driver.CI_ID).


  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

The name for the package.


  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

A description for the new package.


  • Managed: String

  • VBScript: String

A valid UNC network path to the driver.

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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