sccm: clean up after years of adding and re-adding drivers and packages of drivers

Roberto 646 Reputation points
2021-02-10T14:31:47.28+00:00

Hello.

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 (5.00.8239.1000)

I need to clean up the device drivers added (even several times per driver) and device drivers packages. In the years they have grown to a huge amount of files and disk space.

1) What is the best way to go for cleaning up drivers and packages of drivers?
2) if I delete a package of drivers, will this remove the drivers, too?
3) if I delete a driver, will it delete it from associated package, too?

Thank you and best regards.
Roberto

Microsoft Configuration Manager
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  1. Simon Ren-MSFT 31,601 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2021-02-11T07:39:47.267+00:00

    Hi Roberto,

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft MECM Q&A forum.

    1) What is the best way to go for cleaning up drivers and packages of drivers?
    To free up more disk space, please delete all the unwanted driver packages and drivers on the SCCM console. Please also remeber to delete the driver files that you manually place into a location. The words from MVP Jason Sandys:

    The files you manually place into a location and specify in the Import driver wizard are the import files (although this isn't really a formal name, just a name I coined/use). Driver packages never reference this location again (although other things do). Calling this location the "source" location creates ambiguity because the driver package (as all packages in ConfigMgr do) have a package source location. This is the location the files are copied to by ConfigMgr during the import of drivers at which time it also creates the folders named with a GUID. The "source" location is always the location the package points to. Anything else would cause confusion and be inconsistent.

    Please refer to: Deleting driver packages; doesn't remove files from stored directory?

    2) If I delete a package of drivers, will this remove the drivers, too?
    No, deleting a package does not delete the driver or affect other packages. Also if you delete a driver from a driver package the driver will still remains in the Driver catalog and other driver packages it belongs to.

    3) If I delete a driver, will it delete it from associated package, too?
    Yes, removing the driver from the Drivers node will also remove the driver from the associated packages and distribution points.

    Thanks for your time.

    Best regards,
    Simon


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