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Preinstalling HP MPF Devices

10/04/2013 2086 views

Hello,

I am deploying Windows 7 laptops to field techs that have been issued HP USB Printers or HP USB MFPs.  They are consumer grade devices and HP does not offer any installer that I have been able to find that does not require the device to be plugged in.  This is a problem when deploying 50+ at a time with no knowledge of which device the user might have.

The base hardware independent image is created as a VM.  I have installed the drivers in the base image so they are available when a device is plugged in to an imaged laptop, but since they are just print drivers, they don't help with the other functions of the MFPs (scan/fax) and in some cases even though they appear to install they printer does not print.

I essentially need to get the full package from the HP devices installed in my image without ever plugging them in.  I have the printers available to pull software off of, or install on hardware to capture data/installations.

Can anyone recommend a good way for me to package the installs so I can either add them to my base or deploy them during the provisioning process?

HP 1102, 1210, 1212, 1319 are the models I have immediate need for if it is relevant.

Thanks!

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My solution is not the greatest due to the cost involved, but it works.  I broke down and purchased a copy of VMware Workstation, imported the VM into it, and plugged the printers into the host system.  Since VMware Workstation will pass USB this allowed me to run the installers for the MFPs as the local Administrator prior to sysprep and they copy from the Administrator profile to newly created profiles.

 

Answered 10/17/2013 by: the1mavin
Senior White Belt

 
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