DDU: Use the HP Driver Deployment Utility to preconfigure drivers, create network print queues and preserve WHQL
Posted by: Brian R. Kneebone
Technology Consultant, Imaging and Printing Group
A short time ago, Hewlett-Packard had released a utility called the "HP Driver Deployment Utility" (DDU) to the web. Previously the DDU was circulated privately amongst HP's enterprise customers. DDU was designed to be as agnostic as possible with most commercial LaserJet, Color LaserJet and Edgeline drivers including the HP Universal Print Driver. Here are its major features:
- Prepare drivers for non-interactive (and silent where possible) deployment for USB-connected devices through your desktop software management tool
- Prepare drivers and print queue for non-interactive deployment (and silent where possible) for network-connected devices through your desktop software management tool.
- Preconfigure drivers without breaking the Microsoft driver signature (also known as WHQL) where previous tools like the "HP Driver Pre-configuration Utility" would (also known as the "Driver Preconfiguration Editor" or DMC).
I would encourage you to explore the benefits of this software by reading the "HP Driver Preconfiguration Support Guide" which covers pre-configuration of drivers using all of the tools above as well as using tools found on CD like the "Customization Utility".
Note that these methods may not be appropriate for all circumstances. In some cases it may be wise to use the bundle created for administrators on the product support website. For example, I often recommend customers use the "Network Express" (sometimes called "Corporate" or "Slim" or "Basic" drivers) where devices like HP LaserJet all-in-ones are used for print/scan. And some of the lower-end ink products may not be compatible with the DMC and have their own deployment strategies using slim bundles prepared on the product support website available for download.
I'm certainly glad this tool has been posted. It's proven quite useful for a number of my large corporate customers. I hope you find it equally as useful. Take care, B.