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DB-21-11-16 Driver Database Update Bookmark

November 16, 2021

Driver DB Amendments:

Device driver additions and modifications since the September 29, 2021 Release.



Includes DB-21-10-25, DB-21-10-28, DB-21-11-02, DB-21-11-10, & DB-21-11-16 releases.

Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-21-11-16 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-21-11-16.pdf

Issue: Intel Audio Smart Sound Technology not installing correctly.

Symptoms:
A mixing and matching of various driver sets caused a driver bang related to Intel Smart Sound Technology drivers.

Resolution:
Drivers were refreshed to a correct set to resolve issue.



REMINDER: Nvidia Software Vulnerability - ACTION REQUIRED

Symptoms:
Nvidia software security update – ALL GPU product lines

Nvidia reported a security issue with their entire catalog of graphics drivers in mid-December 2020, citing, “NVIDIA has released a software security update for NVIDIA® GPU Display Driver. This update addresses issues that may lead to denial of service, escalation of privileges, data tampering, or information disclosure.” (Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021)

Resolution:
As a consequence, and in an effort to not include drivers known to contain security flaws within the UIU Driver Database, UIU Support has undertaken the extensive effort to not only remove reportedly affected drivers but also to include the new, secured drivers as offered by Nvidia as of January 2021.

The UIU Driver Database (release DB-21-01-26) contains only the newly-released drivers from Nvidia and, despite our best efforts, may result in a gap in coverage for select associated hardware IDs. As it is not feasible for Big Bang’s lab to host every conceivable Nvidia product, we’ve attempted to provide coverage for all modern Nvidia product hardware IDs.

If it is determined that we’re missing coverage, and Nvidia has provided a secured, newly-released driver, UIU Support will consider it their highest priority to include that driver in the next release of the UIU Driver Database. Your continued patience is appreciated.

Furthermore, UIU Support is committed to regularly revisiting Nvidia’s Security Bulletin in an attempt to discover any newly-released drivers post DB-21-01-26 release.

NOTE: Compromised Nvidia drivers will continue to exist in established UIU Repositories until UDBs prior to and including DB-21-01-26 are removed and updates are performed with the "cleanup" feature. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

NOTE: Customers may notice a reduction in the size of the UIU Repository depending on configuration and this is expected. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.



REMINDER: Firmware Update Recommendations

Details:
UIU Support has recently witnessed several situations wherein updating of firmware addresses specific driver issues. See Release Notes from June 16, 2020 for two examples. UIU Support strongly recommends that, if customers are experiencing issues, the firmware (BIOS/UEFI) be updated immediately. If the target machine continues exhibiting issues, please contact UIU support for additional troubleshooting.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support



It has become evident that (via availability of Microsoft driver packs) as Microsoft produces newer models of their Surface line of products, they are excluding the use of older Windows operating systems versions either due to lack of device driver production or lack of feature support with respect to newer or more advanced hardware. UIU Support has compiled a guide based on driver review and lab testing. This guide is not intended to be definitive as Microsoft has not acknowledged this exclusion of support. Some Microsoft-provided drivers may work on unlisted Windows 10 OS versions; however, if Microsoft does not offer a driver pack for the specific version of 10 there may be a lack of driver support as we’ve experienced. In those cases, the OS will apply but it will lack driver support for certain devices.

It is UIU Support's recommendation to use the latest version of Windows 10 whenever possible when deploying to the Microsoft Surface family of products. Failing to do so may result in a lack of driver coverage for various devices.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support:

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 1
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3
- Windows 8, 8.1, & Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Windows 10 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft Surface Laptop 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Book 2
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903



Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio 1
- Windows 10 1511, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Windows 10 1803, 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809


Windows 10 version number translation:
Windows 10 release information

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If customers would like to know which Windows OS versions are supported by Microsoft, they would simply need to visit Microsoft Support and review the file names of the driver packs offered for a particular model of Surface product.

For example:

If you find the .MSI files from Microsoft, they indicate the specific supported version(s) of Windows 10 in the file names. The inference being that anything prior to those offerings aren't supported and may not deploy or function properly.


EXAMPLE
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_17763_20.020.4371.0
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_18362_20.010.3582.0
(the versions representing 1809 and 1903, respectively)

In UIU Support's experience, if an OS older than those specified is deployed, the installer will present a warning.




REMINDER:

The full driver database exceeds 23Gb in size (23.5 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (64-bit only).



Note: As of the January 16, 2020, the full UIU driver database available for download from the web site will contain only drivers for supported 64-bit Windows operating systems, (Win8.1, & Win10). Requests for Windows 7 and also 32-bit support should be directed to UIU Support. Online Updates will continue to support both 64-bit as well as 32-bit support for Win8.1 and Win10.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

Furthermore, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.
Firmware Updates

UIU Support strongly recommends making sure that firmware (BIOS/UEFI) on target hardware has been updated to the most recent release from PC manufacturers. As of 1st quarter 2020, UIU Support has noticed that this can be critical in the successful deployment of newer hardware in particular.

Additonal Information: Intel Processors Voltage Settings Modification Advisory



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a UIU Support representative with questions or concerns.



DB-21-09-29 Driver Database Update Bookmark

September 29, 2021

Driver DB Amendments:

Device driver additions and modifications since the September 14, 2021 Release.



Includes DB-21-09-28 release.

Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-21-09-29 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-21-09-29.pdf

REMINDER: Nvidia Software Vulnerability - ACTION REQUIRED

Symptoms:
Nvidia software security update – ALL GPU product lines

Nvidia reported a security issue with their entire catalog of graphics drivers in mid-December 2020, citing, “NVIDIA has released a software security update for NVIDIA® GPU Display Driver. This update addresses issues that may lead to denial of service, escalation of privileges, data tampering, or information disclosure.” (Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021)

Resolution:
As a consequence, and in an effort to not include drivers known to contain security flaws within the UIU Driver Database, UIU Support has undertaken the extensive effort to not only remove reportedly affected drivers but also to include the new, secured drivers as offered by Nvidia as of January 2021.

The UIU Driver Database (release DB-21-01-26) contains only the newly-released drivers from Nvidia and, despite our best efforts, may result in a gap in coverage for select associated hardware IDs. As it is not feasible for Big Bang’s lab to host every conceivable Nvidia product, we’ve attempted to provide coverage for all modern Nvidia product hardware IDs.

If it is determined that we’re missing coverage, and Nvidia has provided a secured, newly-released driver, UIU Support will consider it their highest priority to include that driver in the next release of the UIU Driver Database. Your continued patience is appreciated.

Furthermore, UIU Support is committed to regularly revisiting Nvidia’s Security Bulletin in an attempt to discover any newly-released drivers post DB-21-01-26 release.

NOTE: Compromised Nvidia drivers will continue to exist in established UIU Repositories until UDBs prior to and including DB-21-01-26 are removed and updates are performed with the "cleanup" feature. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

NOTE: Customers may notice a reduction in the size of the UIU Repository depending on configuration and this is expected. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.



REMINDER: Firmware Update Recommendations

Details:
UIU Support has recently witnessed several situations wherein updating of firmware addresses specific driver issues. See Release Notes from June 16, 2020 for two examples. UIU Support strongly recommends that, if customers are experiencing issues, the firmware (BIOS/UEFI) be updated immediately. If the target machine continues exhibiting issues, please contact UIU support for additional troubleshooting.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support



It has become evident that (via availability of Microsoft driver packs) as Microsoft produces newer models of their Surface line of products, they are excluding the use of older Windows operating systems versions either due to lack of device driver production or lack of feature support with respect to newer or more advanced hardware. UIU Support has compiled a guide based on driver review and lab testing. This guide is not intended to be definitive as Microsoft has not acknowledged this exclusion of support. Some Microsoft-provided drivers may work on unlisted Windows 10 OS versions; however, if Microsoft does not offer a driver pack for the specific version of 10 there may be a lack of driver support as we’ve experienced. In those cases, the OS will apply but it will lack driver support for certain devices.

It is UIU Support's recommendation to use the latest version of Windows 10 whenever possible when deploying to the Microsoft Surface family of products. Failing to do so may result in a lack of driver coverage for various devices.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support:

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 1
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3
- Windows 8, 8.1, & Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Windows 10 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft Surface Laptop 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Book 2
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903



Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio 1
- Windows 10 1511, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Windows 10 1803, 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809


Windows 10 version number translation:
Windows 10 release information

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If customers would like to know which Windows OS versions are supported by Microsoft, they would simply need to visit Microsoft Support and review the file names of the driver packs offered for a particular model of Surface product.

For example:

If you find the .MSI files from Microsoft, they indicate the specific supported version(s) of Windows 10 in the file names. The inference being that anything prior to those offerings aren't supported and may not deploy or function properly.


EXAMPLE
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_17763_20.020.4371.0
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_18362_20.010.3582.0
(the versions representing 1809 and 1903, respectively)

In UIU Support's experience, if an OS older than those specified is deployed, the installer will present a warning.




REMINDER:

The full driver database exceeds 22Gb in size (23.0 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (64-bit only).



Note: As of the January 16, 2020, the full UIU driver database available for download from the web site will contain only drivers for supported 64-bit Windows operating systems, (Win8.1, & Win10). Requests for Windows 7 and also 32-bit support should be directed to UIU Support. Online Updates will continue to support both 64-bit as well as 32-bit support for Win8.1 and Win10.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

Furthermore, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.
Firmware Updates

UIU Support strongly recommends making sure that firmware (BIOS/UEFI) on target hardware has been updated to the most recent release from PC manufacturers. As of 1st quarter 2020, UIU Support has noticed that this can be critical in the successful deployment of newer hardware in particular.

Additonal Information: Intel Processors Voltage Settings Modification Advisory



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a UIU Support representative with questions or concerns.



DB-21-09-14 Driver Database Update Bookmark

September 14, 2021
 

Driver DB Amendments:

Device driver additions and modifications since the September 1, 2021 Release.

 


Includes DB-21-09-09 and DB-21-09-14 releases.

 

 

 

Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-21-09-14 Drivers.pdf

 

 

 

 

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-21-09-14.pdf

 

 

 

 

Issue: Intel Audio Smart Sound Technology not installing correctly.

 

 

Symptoms:
A mixing and matching of various driver sets caused a driver bang related to Intel Smart Sound Technology drivers.

Resolution:
Drivers were refreshed to a correct set to resolve issue.

 

 

REMINDER: Nvidia Software Vulnerability - ACTION REQUIRED

 

 

Symptoms:
Nvidia software security update – ALL GPU product lines

Nvidia reported a security issue with their entire catalog of graphics drivers in mid-December 2020, citing, “NVIDIA has released a software security update for NVIDIA® GPU Display Driver. This update addresses issues that may lead to denial of service, escalation of privileges, data tampering, or information disclosure.” (Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021)

Resolution:
As a consequence, and in an effort to not include drivers known to contain security flaws within the UIU Driver Database, UIU Support has undertaken the extensive effort to not only remove reportedly affected drivers but also to include the new, secured drivers as offered by Nvidia as of January 2021.

The UIU Driver Database (release DB-21-01-26) contains only the newly-released drivers from Nvidia and, despite our best efforts, may result in a gap in coverage for select associated hardware IDs. As it is not feasible for Big Bang’s lab to host every conceivable Nvidia product, we’ve attempted to provide coverage for all modern Nvidia product hardware IDs.

If it is determined that we’re missing coverage, and Nvidia has provided a secured, newly-released driver, UIU Support will consider it their highest priority to include that driver in the next release of the UIU Driver Database. Your continued patience is appreciated.

Furthermore, UIU Support is committed to regularly revisiting Nvidia’s Security Bulletin in an attempt to discover any newly-released drivers post DB-21-01-26 release.

NOTE: Compromised Nvidia drivers will continue to exist in established UIU Repositories until UDBs prior to and including DB-21-01-26 are removed and updates are performed with the "cleanup" feature. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

NOTE: Customers may notice a reduction in the size of the UIU Repository depending on configuration and this is expected. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

 


 

REMINDER: Firmware Update Recommendations

Details:
UIU Support has recently witnessed several situations wherein updating of firmware addresses specific driver issues. See Release Notes from June 16, 2020 for two examples. UIU Support strongly recommends that, if customers are experiencing issues, the firmware (BIOS/UEFI) be updated immediately. If the target machine continues exhibiting issues, please contact UIU support for additional troubleshooting.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support



It has become evident that (via availability of Microsoft driver packs) as Microsoft produces newer models of their Surface line of products, they are excluding the use of older Windows operating systems versions either due to lack of device driver production or lack of feature support with respect to newer or more advanced hardware. UIU Support has compiled a guide based on driver review and lab testing. This guide is not intended to be definitive as Microsoft has not acknowledged this exclusion of support. Some Microsoft-provided drivers may work on unlisted Windows 10 OS versions; however, if Microsoft does not offer a driver pack for the specific version of 10 there may be a lack of driver support as we’ve experienced. In those cases, the OS will apply but it will lack driver support for certain devices.

It is UIU Support's recommendation to use the latest version of Windows 10 whenever possible when deploying to the Microsoft Surface family of products. Failing to do so may result in a lack of driver coverage for various devices.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support:

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 1
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3
- Windows 8, 8.1, & Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Windows 10 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft Surface Laptop 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Book 2
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903



Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio 1
- Windows 10 1511, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Windows 10 1803, 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809


Windows 10 version number translation:
Windows 10 release information

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If customers would like to know which Windows OS versions are supported by Microsoft, they would simply need to visit Microsoft Support and review the file names of the driver packs offered for a particular model of Surface product.

For example:

If you find the .MSI files from Microsoft, they indicate the specific supported version(s) of Windows 10 in the file names. The inference being that anything prior to those offerings aren't supported and may not deploy or function properly.


EXAMPLE
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_17763_20.020.4371.0
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_18362_20.010.3582.0
(the versions representing 1809 and 1903, respectively)

In UIU Support's experience, if an OS older than those specified is deployed, the installer will present a warning.

 

 

 

REMINDER:

 

 

The full driver database exceeds 22Gb in size (22.1 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (64-bit only).

 

 

Note: As of the January 16, 2020, the full UIU driver database available for download from the web site will contain only drivers for supported 64-bit Windows operating systems, (Win8.1, & Win10). Requests for Windows 7 and also 32-bit support should be directed to UIU Support. Online Updates will continue to support both 64-bit as well as 32-bit support for Win8.1 and Win10.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

Furthermore, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.

 

 

Firmware Updates

UIU Support strongly recommends making sure that firmware (BIOS/UEFI) on target hardware has been updated to the most recent release from PC manufacturers. As of 1st quarter 2020, UIU Support has noticed that this can be critical in the successful deployment of newer hardware in particular.

Additonal Information: Intel Processors Voltage Settings Modification Advisory

 

 

 

USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.

 

 

 

 

Support Reminder:

 

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a UIU Support representative with questions or concerns.

 

 

 

DB-21-09-01 Driver Database Update Bookmark

September 1, 2021
 

Driver DB Amendments:

Device driver additions and modifications since the August 10, 2021 Release.

 


 

Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-21-09-01 Drivers.pdf
 

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-21-09-01.pdf
 

REMINDER: Nvidia Software Vulnerability - ACTION REQUIRED

Symptoms:
Nvidia software security update – ALL GPU product lines

Nvidia reported a security issue with their entire catalog of graphics drivers in mid-December 2020, citing, “NVIDIA has released a software security update for NVIDIA® GPU Display Driver. This update addresses issues that may lead to denial of service, escalation of privileges, data tampering, or information disclosure.” (Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021)

Resolution:
As a consequence, and in an effort to not include drivers known to contain security flaws within the UIU Driver Database, UIU Support has undertaken the extensive effort to not only remove reportedly affected drivers but also to include the new, secured drivers as offered by Nvidia as of January 2021.

The UIU Driver Database (release DB-21-01-26) contains only the newly-released drivers from Nvidia and, despite our best efforts, may result in a gap in coverage for select associated hardware IDs. As it is not feasible for Big Bang’s lab to host every conceivable Nvidia product, we’ve attempted to provide coverage for all modern Nvidia product hardware IDs.

If it is determined that we’re missing coverage, and Nvidia has provided a secured, newly-released driver, UIU Support will consider it their highest priority to include that driver in the next release of the UIU Driver Database. Your continued patience is appreciated.

Furthermore, UIU Support is committed to regularly revisiting Nvidia’s Security Bulletin in an attempt to discover any newly-released drivers post DB-21-01-26 release.

NOTE: Compromised Nvidia drivers will continue to exist in established UIU Repositories until UDBs prior to and including DB-21-01-26 are removed and updates are performed with the "cleanup" feature. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

NOTE: Customers may notice a reduction in the size of the UIU Repository depending on configuration and this is expected. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

 


 

REMINDER: Firmware Update Recommendations

Details:
UIU Support has recently witnessed several situations wherein updating of firmware addresses specific driver issues. See Release Notes from June 16, 2020 for two examples. UIU Support strongly recommends that, if customers are experiencing issues, the firmware (BIOS/UEFI) be updated immediately. If the target machine continues exhibiting issues, please contact UIU support for additional troubleshooting.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support



It has become evident that (via availability of Microsoft driver packs) as Microsoft produces newer models of their Surface line of products, they are excluding the use of older Windows operating systems versions either due to lack of device driver production or lack of feature support with respect to newer or more advanced hardware. UIU Support has compiled a guide based on driver review and lab testing. This guide is not intended to be definitive as Microsoft has not acknowledged this exclusion of support. Some Microsoft-provided drivers may work on unlisted Windows 10 OS versions; however, if Microsoft does not offer a driver pack for the specific version of 10 there may be a lack of driver support as we’ve experienced. In those cases, the OS will apply but it will lack driver support for certain devices.

It is UIU Support's recommendation to use the latest version of Windows 10 whenever possible when deploying to the Microsoft Surface family of products. Failing to do so may result in a lack of driver coverage for various devices.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support:

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 1
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3
- Windows 8, 8.1, & Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Windows 10 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft Surface Laptop 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Book 2
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903



Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio 1
- Windows 10 1511, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Windows 10 1803, 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809


Windows 10 version number translation:
Windows 10 release information

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If customers would like to know which Windows OS versions are supported by Microsoft, they would simply need to visit Microsoft Support and review the file names of the driver packs offered for a particular model of Surface product.

For example:

If you find the .MSI files from Microsoft, they indicate the specific supported version(s) of Windows 10 in the file names. The inference being that anything prior to those offerings aren't supported and may not deploy or function properly.


EXAMPLE
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_17763_20.020.4371.0
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_18362_20.010.3582.0
(the versions representing 1809 and 1903, respectively)

In UIU Support's experience, if an OS older than those specified is deployed, the installer will present a warning.

 

 

 

REMINDER:

 

 

The full driver database exceeds 22Gb in size (22.3 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (64-bit only).

 

 

Note: As of the January 16, 2020, the full UIU driver database available for download from the web site will contain only drivers for supported 64-bit Windows operating systems, (Win8.1, & Win10). Requests for Windows 7 and also 32-bit support should be directed to UIU Support. Online Updates will continue to support both 64-bit as well as 32-bit support for Win8.1 and Win10.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

Furthermore, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.

 

 

Firmware Updates

UIU Support strongly recommends making sure that firmware (BIOS/UEFI) on target hardware has been updated to the most recent release from PC manufacturers. As of 1st quarter 2020, UIU Support has noticed that this can be critical in the successful deployment of newer hardware in particular.

Additonal Information: Intel Processors Voltage Settings Modification Advisory

 

 

 

USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.

 

 

 

 

Support Reminder:

 

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a UIU Support representative with questions or concerns.

 

 

 

2.4.1.0 - UIU Plug-ins 2.0 with MDT - Core Functionality Update 5.11.1.0 Bookmark

August 10, 2021 - RELEASE
Includes UIU plug-in for SCCM version 2.4.1.0
Includes UIUPrep version 5.11.1.0
This is an update of the UIUPM application for SCCM & MDT ONLY.



New Feature: Advanced Repository Management

Details:

The Advanced Repository Management feature, (combined with a compatible version of UIUPREP.exe), allows the Administrator to enumerate multiple UIU Repository locations in a task sequence without exposing the credentials required to access those shares or packages, thereby making the process more secure.

When would this be useful or necessary?
  1. MDT - The environment has more than one UIU Repository established to service MDT task sequences in the environment. This may be useful in maintaining test environments alongside a production environment.
  2. SCCM - The environment has more than one UIU Repository established to service SCCM task sequences in the environment. This may be useful in maintaining test environments alongside a production environment.
    • Multiple UIU Repository packages in the environment for testing vs. production.
    • Distribution point timeouts, typically resulting in failure to complete synchronization.
    • In instances where it is desirable to establish network shares outside of SCCM due to slow WAN links or the like. This method bypasses the standard SCCM distribution process and can make the updating of UIU Responsories more efficient, minimizing the time required to update the UIU product and execute a task sequence.



UIU Support strongly recommends that Administrators review this entire section prior to implementing this feature.


UIU Support strongly encourages Administrators who wish to utilize the features of Advanced Repository Management to consult with UIU Support to ensure a seamless and effective deployment environment.


Reminder: KNOWN ISSUE - WinPE 3.0 & 4.0 (x86 only)

Symptoms:
Servicing older Windows PE media (3.x & 4.x) requires 32-bit specific binaries (DISM) which do not load under a 64-bit process, resulting in error conditions. Big Bang recommends that Windows PE version 10 be employed. Contact UIU Support for additional information.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.1.0

Supported MDT builds

  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8450 - 6.3.8450.1000
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8456 - 6.3.8456.1000


To download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), build 8456, click the following link:
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) v6.3.8456.1000






Please refer to the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - MDT User Guides for detailed implementation and usage instructions.




The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 is a versatile solution that may be invoked though the standard MDT Deployment Workbench interface via a task element (UIU Deployment Configuration) or directly through a Run Command Line task element. Furthermore, The UIU may be invoked manually from within a Windows PE session under the direction of UIU Support. Multiple modes of operation have been provided to accommodate environmental differences as well as policy/change control restrictions.

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
In MDT, integration consists of the inclusion of a uiusms.dll in the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\bin" directory as well as a modification (additional section appended) to the Actions.xml file in the same directory. If integration is not desired or permitted, an Administrator may launch the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 from a Run Command Line task element (with the correct arguments) to achieve a successful result.

For more information on alternative methods of invoking the UIU Plug-ins 2.0, Please contact UIU Support.

IMP Files

This version of the UIU requires the use of UIU IMP files to establish a UIU Repository from locally existing files. If bandwidth allows, Big Bang recommends that the UIU Repository be established (and regularly updated) from Big Bang's Online Updates resources. UIU DAT files are not supported.

UIU Import files (*.IMP) contain required driver files, driver database(s) and UIU components which are used to populate a UIU Repository from which deployed target machines will draw necessary files during OS deployment Task Sequence executions. These files are used in conjunction with the UIUPM.

For assistance or questions, please contact us:


UIU Support



2.4.1.0 - UIU Plug-ins 2.0 with SCCM - Core Functionality Update Bookmark

August 10, 2021 - RELEASE
Includes UIU plug-in for SCCM version 2.4.1.0
Includes UIUPrep version 5.11.1.0
This is an update of the UIUPM application for SCCM & MDT ONLY.

New Feature: Advanced Repository Management

Details:

The Advanced Repository Management feature, (combined with a compatible version of UIUPREP.exe), allows the Administrator to enumerate multiple UIU Repository locations in a task sequence without exposing the credentials required to access those shares or packages, thereby making the process more secure.

When would this be useful or necessary?
  1. MDT - The environment has more than one UIU Repository established to service MDT task sequences in the environment. This may be useful in maintaining test environments alongside a production environment.
  2. SCCM - The environment has more than one UIU Repository established to service SCCM task sequences in the environment. This may be useful in maintaining test environments alongside a production environment.
    • Multiple UIU Repository packages in the environment for testing vs. production.
    • Distribution point timeouts, typically resulting in failure to complete synchronization.
    • In instances where it is desirable to establish network shares outside of SCCM due to slow WAN links or the like. This method bypasses the standard SCCM distribution process and can make the updating of UIU Responsories more efficient, minimizing the time required to update the UIU product and execute a task sequence.



UIU Support strongly recommends that Administrators review this entire section prior to implementing this feature.


UIU Support strongly encourages Administrators who wish to utilize the features of Advanced Repository Management to consult with UIU Support to ensure a seamless and effective deployment environment.


Reminder: New Feature (UIUPREP): Force consideration of distribution points in NOMAD-enabled deployments

Details:
Added a "-smsforceclr" switch which may be included in the UIU task element under the options tab in order to allow NOMAD-enabled deployments to consider distribution point package shares in addition to NOMAD cache locations. This only affects NOMAD-enabled deployments.



Reminder: Updated Feature (UIUPREP): Package path behavior change

Details:
Added a "-packagepath "\\path\one, \\path\two, \\path\three"" switch which may be included in the UIU task element under the options tab in order to allow UIUPREP to use the existing SCCM network access account to access package path locations without requiring the "-networkresource" switch. Customers using the "-packagepath" switch no longer are required to use the "-networkresource" switch in order to access UIU package path locations if those locations have been configured to allow the SCCM network access account default access to those locations. This should eliminate the use of the cumbersome "-networkresource" switch when supplementing customer-maintained UIU repository locations in addition to SCCM distribution point locations. For more information, please contact UIU Support.



Known Issue: Command Line Interface Updating issue

Symptoms:
When using the CLI feature of the UIUPM application to perform updates against a repository, the updates may not complete fully.

Resolution:
Development to alleviate this issue is ongoing.



Known Issue: UIU integration with SCCM Provider-Independent Sites

Symptoms:
UIUPM behavior will stall at "Refreshing" when selecting the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager option under the Microsoft menu.

-or-

On a dedicated Provider, the operations framework is not installed when performing an install operation.

Resolution:
These instances currently require a manual installation process. Contact UIU Support for details. Development for a resolution is ongoing.



Reminder: "HTTPS ONLY" (Native Mode) Support

Symptoms:
When SCCM has been configured to utilize "HTTPS ONLY" (Native Mode), the UIUPREP application running in WinPE fails to locate a UIU Repository Package with the UIU Deployment Configuration task sequence element configured for UIU Hybrid OS deployments.

Resolution:
Support for "HTTPS ONLY" (Native Mode) when using UIU Hybrid OS deployment configuration has been added. This solution requires UIUPREP.EXE v5.10.0.0 or newer. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

Technical Note: Big Bang does not recommend utilizing "HTTPS ONLY" as it encumbers OSD with additional layers of complexity without providing significant security benefits. Sufficient security is realized when using HTTP/HTTPS Mixed mode.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.1.0




Please refer to the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - SCCM User Guides for detailed implementation and usage instructions.

The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 for SCCM version 2.1.0.0 (or newer) also includes support for 1E Nomad/Active Efficiency. Please contact UIU Support for details.



The UIU Plug-ins 2.0 is a versatile solution that may be invoked though the standard SCCM Console interface via a task element (UIU Deployment Configuration) or directly through a Run Command Line task element. Furthermore, The UIU may be invoked manually from within a Windows PE session under the direction of UIU Support. Multiple modes of operation have been provided to accommodate environmental differences as well as policy/change control restrictions.

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
In SCCM, integration consists of the inclusion of a uiusms.dll in the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminConsole\bin" directory as well as the addition of necessary WMI classes (MOF) to support the UIU Plug-ins 2.0. If integration is not desired or permitted, an Administrator may launch the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 from a Run Command Line task element (with the correct arguments) to achieve a successful result. Furthermore, if an Administrator is not able to control the configuration of various SCCM Remote Console implementations (distribution of a single UIU dll file), the integration of the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 may prove to be problematic and utilizing the Run Command Line task element will alleviate those issues.

For more information on alternative methods of invoking the UIU Plug-ins 2.0, Please contact UIU Support.

IMP Files

This version of the UIU requires the use of UIU IMP files to establish a UIU Repository from locally existing files. If bandwidth allows, Big Bang recommends that the UIU Repository be established (and regularly updated) from Big Bang's Online Updates resources. UIU DAT files are not supported.

UIU Import files (*.IMP) contain required driver files, driver database(s) and UIU components which are used to populate a UIU Repository from which deployed target machines will draw necessary files during OS deployment Task Sequence executions. These files are used in conjunction with the UIUPM.

For assistance or questions, please contact us:


UIU Support



DB-21-08-10 Driver Database Update Bookmark

August 10, 2021

Driver DB Amendments:

Device driver additions and modifications since the June 29, 2021 Release.



Includes DB-21-07-02, DB-21-07-08, DB-21-07-13, DB-21-07-16, DB-21-07-23, DB-21-08-03, DB-21-08-04, DB-21-08-05, and DB-21-08-06 releases.

Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-21-08-10 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-21-08-10.pdf

REMINDER: Nvidia Software Vulnerability - ACTION REQUIRED

Symptoms:
Nvidia software security update – ALL GPU product lines

Nvidia reported a security issue with their entire catalog of graphics drivers in mid-December 2020, citing, “NVIDIA has released a software security update for NVIDIA® GPU Display Driver. This update addresses issues that may lead to denial of service, escalation of privileges, data tampering, or information disclosure.” (Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021)

Resolution:
As a consequence, and in an effort to not include drivers known to contain security flaws within the UIU Driver Database, UIU Support has undertaken the extensive effort to not only remove reportedly affected drivers but also to include the new, secured drivers as offered by Nvidia as of January 2021.

The UIU Driver Database (release DB-21-01-26) contains only the newly-released drivers from Nvidia and, despite our best efforts, may result in a gap in coverage for select associated hardware IDs. As it is not feasible for Big Bang’s lab to host every conceivable Nvidia product, we’ve attempted to provide coverage for all modern Nvidia product hardware IDs.

If it is determined that we’re missing coverage, and Nvidia has provided a secured, newly-released driver, UIU Support will consider it their highest priority to include that driver in the next release of the UIU Driver Database. Your continued patience is appreciated.

Furthermore, UIU Support is committed to regularly revisiting Nvidia’s Security Bulletin in an attempt to discover any newly-released drivers post DB-21-01-26 release.

NOTE: Compromised Nvidia drivers will continue to exist in established UIU Repositories until UDBs prior to and including DB-21-01-26 are removed and updates are performed with the "cleanup" feature. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

NOTE: Customers may notice a reduction in the size of the UIU Repository depending on configuration and this is expected. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.



REMINDER: Windows 7 Support Deprecated

Details:
Microsoft ended support for the Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. UIU Support has recorded a marked reduction in support requests regarding the deprecated OS and has also reported a distinct lack of Windows 7 drivers offered for newly introduced hardware. As we continue to work on our driver streamlining process, we have noted that Nvidia has elected to not produce secured drivers for Windows 7-based hardware IDs. We have therefore determined that it is an appropriate time to remove Windows 7 from our full driver database release.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

As of this release, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.



REMINDER: Firmware Update Recommendations

Details:
UIU Support has recently witnessed several situations wherein updating of firmware addresses specific driver issues. See Release Notes from June 16, 2020 for two examples. UIU Support strongly recommends that, if customers are experiencing issues, the firmware (BIOS/UEFI) be updated immediately. If the target machine continues exhibiting issues, please contact UIU support for additional troubleshooting.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support



It has become evident that (via availability of Microsoft driver packs) as Microsoft produces newer models of their Surface line of products, they are excluding the use of older Windows operating systems versions either due to lack of device driver production or lack of feature support with respect to newer or more advanced hardware. UIU Support has compiled a guide based on driver review and lab testing. This guide is not intended to be definitive as Microsoft has not acknowledged this exclusion of support. Some Microsoft-provided drivers may work on unlisted Windows 10 OS versions; however, if Microsoft does not offer a driver pack for the specific version of 10 there may be a lack of driver support as we’ve experienced. In those cases, the OS will apply but it will lack driver support for certain devices.

It is UIU Support's recommendation to use the latest version of Windows 10 whenever possible when deploying to the Microsoft Surface family of products. Failing to do so may result in a lack of driver coverage for various devices.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support:

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 1
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3
- Windows 8, 8.1, & Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Windows 10 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft Surface Laptop 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Book 2
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903



Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio 1
- Windows 10 1511, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Windows 10 1803, 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809


Windows 10 version number translation:
Windows 10 release information

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If customers would like to know which Windows OS versions are supported by Microsoft, they would simply need to visit Microsoft Support and review the file names of the driver packs offered for a particular model of Surface product.

For example:

If you find the .MSI files from Microsoft, they indicate the specific supported version(s) of Windows 10 in the file names. The inference being that anything prior to those offerings aren't supported and may not deploy or function properly.


EXAMPLE
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_17763_20.020.4371.0
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_18362_20.010.3582.0
(the versions representing 1809 and 1903, respectively)

In UIU Support's experience, if an OS older than those specified is deployed, the installer will present a warning.




REMINDER:

The full driver database exceeds 21Gb in size (21.8 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (64-bit only).



Note: As of the January 16, 2020, the full UIU driver database available for download from the web site will contain only drivers for supported 64-bit Windows operating systems, (Win8.1, & Win10). Requests for Windows 7 and also 32-bit support should be directed to UIU Support. Online Updates will continue to support both 64-bit as well as 32-bit support for Win8.1 and Win10.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

Furthermore, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.
Firmware Updates

UIU Support strongly recommends making sure that firmware (BIOS/UEFI) on target hardware has been updated to the most recent release from PC manufacturers. As of 1st quarter 2020, UIU Support has noticed that this can be critical in the successful deployment of newer hardware in particular.

Additonal Information: Intel Processors Voltage Settings Modification Advisory



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a UIU Support representative with questions or concerns.



DB-21-06-29 Driver Database Update Bookmark

June 29, 2021

Driver DB Amendments:

Device driver additions and modifications since the April 12, 2021 Release.



Includes DB-21-04-23, DB-21-05-06, DB-21-05-12, DB-21-05-21, DB-21-06-02, DB-21-06-03, DB-21-06-14, DB-21-06-15, DB-21-06-24, and DB-21-06-25 releases.

Drivers Affected:

See Attached: UIU DB-21-06-29 Drivers.pdf

Make and Models Affected:

See Attached: Make-Model DB-21-06-29.pdf

REMINDER: Nvidia Software Vulnerability - ACTION REQUIRED

Symptoms:
Nvidia software security update – ALL GPU product lines

Nvidia reported a security issue with their entire catalog of graphics drivers in mid-December 2020, citing, “NVIDIA has released a software security update for NVIDIA® GPU Display Driver. This update addresses issues that may lead to denial of service, escalation of privileges, data tampering, or information disclosure.” (Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021)

Resolution:
As a consequence, and in an effort to not include drivers known to contain security flaws within the UIU Driver Database, UIU Support has undertaken the extensive effort to not only remove reportedly affected drivers but also to include the new, secured drivers as offered by Nvidia as of January 2021.

The UIU Driver Database (release DB-21-01-26) contains only the newly-released drivers from Nvidia and, despite our best efforts, may result in a gap in coverage for select associated hardware IDs. As it is not feasible for Big Bang’s lab to host every conceivable Nvidia product, we’ve attempted to provide coverage for all modern Nvidia product hardware IDs.

If it is determined that we’re missing coverage, and Nvidia has provided a secured, newly-released driver, UIU Support will consider it their highest priority to include that driver in the next release of the UIU Driver Database. Your continued patience is appreciated.

Furthermore, UIU Support is committed to regularly revisiting Nvidia’s Security Bulletin in an attempt to discover any newly-released drivers post DB-21-01-26 release.

NOTE: Compromised Nvidia drivers will continue to exist in established UIU Repositories until UDBs prior to and including DB-21-01-26 are removed and updates are performed with the "cleanup" feature. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.

NOTE: Customers may notice a reduction in the size of the UIU Repository depending on configuration and this is expected. Please contact UIU Support with questions or concerns.



REMINDER: Windows 7 Support Deprecated

Details:
Microsoft ended support for the Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. UIU Support has recorded a marked reduction in support requests regarding the deprecated OS and has also reported a distinct lack of Windows 7 drivers offered for newly introduced hardware. As we continue to work on our driver streamlining process, we have noted that Nvidia has elected to not produce secured drivers for Windows 7-based hardware IDs. We have therefore determined that it is an appropriate time to remove Windows 7 from our full driver database release.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

As of this release, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.



REMINDER: Firmware Update Recommendations

Details:
UIU Support has recently witnessed several situations wherein updating of firmware addresses specific driver issues. See Release Notes from June 16, 2020 for two examples. UIU Support strongly recommends that, if customers are experiencing issues, the firmware (BIOS/UEFI) be updated immediately. If the target machine continues exhibiting issues, please contact UIU support for additional troubleshooting.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support



It has become evident that (via availability of Microsoft driver packs) as Microsoft produces newer models of their Surface line of products, they are excluding the use of older Windows operating systems versions either due to lack of device driver production or lack of feature support with respect to newer or more advanced hardware. UIU Support has compiled a guide based on driver review and lab testing. This guide is not intended to be definitive as Microsoft has not acknowledged this exclusion of support. Some Microsoft-provided drivers may work on unlisted Windows 10 OS versions; however, if Microsoft does not offer a driver pack for the specific version of 10 there may be a lack of driver support as we’ve experienced. In those cases, the OS will apply but it will lack driver support for certain devices.

It is UIU Support's recommendation to use the latest version of Windows 10 whenever possible when deploying to the Microsoft Surface family of products. Failing to do so may result in a lack of driver coverage for various devices.

Microsoft Surface Products & Windows 10 Versions Support:

Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro 1
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
- Can’t confirm supported OS versions from Microsoft, but supports (likely) Windows 8, 8.1, 10 and likely newer versions.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3
- Windows 8, 8.1, & Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
- Windows 10 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 6
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft Surface Laptop 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
- Windows 10 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Book
Microsoft Surface Book 1
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Book 2
- Windows 10 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903



Microsoft Surface Studio
Microsoft Surface Studio 1
- Windows 10 1511, 1709, 1803, 1809, 1903
Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Windows 10 1803, 1809, 1903


Microsoft Surface Go
Microsoft Surface Go
- Windows 10 1709, 1803, 1809


Windows 10 version number translation:
Windows 10 release information

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If customers would like to know which Windows OS versions are supported by Microsoft, they would simply need to visit Microsoft Support and review the file names of the driver packs offered for a particular model of Surface product.

For example:

If you find the .MSI files from Microsoft, they indicate the specific supported version(s) of Windows 10 in the file names. The inference being that anything prior to those offerings aren't supported and may not deploy or function properly.


EXAMPLE
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_17763_20.020.4371.0
SurfaceLaptop3_Win10_18362_20.010.3582.0
(the versions representing 1809 and 1903, respectively)

In UIU Support's experience, if an OS older than those specified is deployed, the installer will present a warning.




REMINDER:

The full driver database exceeds 20Gb in size (20.8 Gb IMP). Please follow the guidelines below for optimal performance. This database release still covers Windows 7 through Windows 10 (64-bit only).



Note: As of the January 16, 2020, the full UIU driver database available for download from the web site will contain only drivers for supported 64-bit Windows operating systems, (Win8.1, & Win10). Requests for Windows 7 and also 32-bit support should be directed to UIU Support. Online Updates will continue to support both 64-bit as well as 32-bit support for Win8.1 and Win10.

Two static Windows 7 only driver databases will be made available on demand; one (based on DB-21-01-26) that contains no Nvidia drivers (all previous drivers are presumed to be compromised), and one (based on DB-20-12-29) that contains the Nvidia drivers as represented prior to Nvidia's Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver - January 2021. Please contact UIU Support for more information.

Furthermore, no additional Windows 7 drivers will be added to the UIU Driver Database.
Firmware Updates

UIU Support strongly recommends making sure that firmware (BIOS/UEFI) on target hardware has been updated to the most recent release from PC manufacturers. As of 1st quarter 2020, UIU Support has noticed that this can be critical in the successful deployment of newer hardware in particular.

Additonal Information: Intel Processors Voltage Settings Modification Advisory



USB Flash drives need to be formatted with the NTFS file system before the driver database will successfully transfer. Network share access is recommended.


Support Reminder:

The Big Bang Support Team would like to remind our customers to please clear out any drivers represented in the Custom folder(s) prior to testing with a new version of the UIU Driver Database as neglecting to do so may result in false negative installations.  Please contact a UIU Support representative with questions or concerns.



5.9.2.0 - UIU Classic Mode - Core Functionality Update 5.11.1.0 Bookmark

July 1, 2021 - RELEASE
Includes UIUPrep version 5.11.1.0



This is an update of the UIUPREP application ONLY. Changes in this version of the UIUPREP application do not affect the UIU Classic Mode product.

The UIU Classic Mode is a direct, compulsory upgrade for the UIU Classic (4.x) product. Support for UIU Classic (4.x) will be deprecated with the introduction of UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020.


NEW FEATURE: Classic Mode Command Line Interface (CLI) Auto Import

Details:
Added a "-cmautoimportrepository" switch for UIU Classic Mode: This switch enables Classic Mode CLI to automatically discover a UIU Repository Import (IMP) file in the same directory as the Classic Mode executable. In the event that multiple IMP files exist, the first (alphanumerical) entry is selected, based on file name. This switch is overridden by the -cmrepositoryimportpath switch, so if a user provides both, the value provided by -cmrepositoryimportpath is selected. If the -cmautorepositoryimport switch is provided and Classic Mode is unable to locate any IMP files, Classic Mode writes an error dialogue ("Classic Mode does not continue automatically if the -cmautorepositoryimport switch is provided and cannot locate a UIU Repository Import (IMP) file.") and exits.

For more information, please review the UIU Classic Mode User Guide



Reminder: KNOWN ISSUE - WinPE 3.0 & 4.0 (x86 only)

Symptoms:
Servicing older Windows PE media (3.x & 4.x) requires 32-bit specific binaries (DISM) which do not load under a 64-bit process, resulting in error conditions. Big Bang recommends that Winodw PE version 10 be employed. Contact UIU Support for additional information.







What is the UIU Classic Mode?


The original UIU 4.x — known in recent years as the UIU Classic — accommodated all OS deployment solutions, including those that do not utilize Microsoft's Windows PE, by storing the entire UIU Driver Database within the OS image. The UIU Classic Mode is an updated version of that methodology for those users that do not use a WinPE-based deployment solution.

How is it different from the UIU 4.x "Classic" product?


The UIU Classic method has been integrated into a optimized modern GUI, (though the basic process was preserved as much as possible for ease of adoption).

How is it different from the UIU 5?


  • The entire UIU Driver Database is stored in the UIU-prepared image as opposed to network-based delivery of target machine specific drivers only.

  • The Master Image must be manipulated by the UIU Classic Mode process. The UIU 5 does not require any preparation within the image itself.

  • Using the UIU Classic Mode, if unsigned drivers are opted-in, the Administrator will be prompted for each one during execution. The UIU 5, wherein its method includes staging the appropriate drivers from WinPE, allows the Windows operating system to address unsigned drivers without interaction.


Who should use the UIU Classic Mode?


Users employing OS deployment solutions that are not based on Windows PE (e.g. Linux-based solutions like CloneZilla and FOG)

Who should NOT use the UIU Classic Mode?


  • It is highly recommended that users employing OS deployment solutions that utilize Windows PE use the UIU 5

  • UIU customers that are utilizing the Microsoft's SCCM solution should use the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - SCCM

  • UIU customers that are utilizing the Microsoft's MDT solution should use the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - MDT



Please refer to the UIU Classic Mode - User Guide for detailed implementation and usage instructions.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.0.0


WARNING: The UIU Classic (4.x) Product will not function using UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020


Requirements - .Net Framework Version

The UIU Classic Mode (as of UIU 5.8.0.x) requires the .NET 4.6 Framework.



For assistance or questions, please contact us:


UIU Support



5.9.1.0 - Core Functionality Update 5.11.1.0 Bookmark

July 1, 2021 - RELEASE
Includes UIUPrep version 5.11.1.0


This is an update of the UIUPREP application ONLY. Changes in this version of the UIUPREP application do not affect the UIU 5 product.

NEW FEATURE: Proxy Support

Details:
UIU proxy support has been included, including new support for CLI. This new development should facilitate proxy support (address/port), and optionally, a username/password.



Issue: Importing IMP files

Symptoms:
Unhandled Error exception when attemptin to import an IMP file.

Resolution:
Code modified to corrctly import IMP files.



Due to security upgrades, UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020 will only be valid with the following product versions of the UIU (or newer):

UIU 5: 5.8.0.0
UIU Plug-in for SCCM: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Plug-in for MDT: 2.2.2.0 (incl. UIUSMS.DLL v2.2.1.0)
UIU Classic Mode: 5.8.0.0


Note: Each of these products employ the UIUPREP executable and as such the version of UIUPREP.EXE must be ≥ 5.8.1.0


WARNING: The UIU Classic (4.x) Product will not function using UIU License Keys with expiration dates ≥ Jan 1, 2020


Issue: Microsoft ADK 1803

Symptoms:
When employing ADK options in UIU with ADK 1803 installed on the UIU 5 Console machine, DISM commands fail to execute properly. This issue is under investigation.

Work-Around:
When employing ADK options, please use an earlier version of Microsoft ADK on the console machine, (e.g. ADK 1709).

Resolution:
With ADK 1803 installed on the UIU 5 Console machine, a pop-up window stating "Using Windows 10 or later" will be presented. Selecting the "OK" button will allow the ADK process to proceed. Alternatively for unattended operations, an earlier version of ADK should be employed, (e.g. ADK 1709).



REMINDER - Requirements Change - .Net Framework Version Upgrade

The UIU 5 (as of UIU 5.7.x.x) now requires the .NET 4.6 Framework.



REMINDER - The UIU 5 (version 5.5.0.0 and newer) no longer employs driver.dat files for installation and manual updates.

This (and future) versions will require Driver.imp files (e.g. DB170411-p5460.imp) for those operations. Online UIU 5 Updates will be unaffected..



REMINDER - UIU Log File Location CHANGE!

Details:
On deployed machines only, the Log folder & UIU data folder have been migrated from Program Files to ProgramData.

UIU log files on deployed machines are now located under the ProgramData\UIU directory. Additionally, resources needed by each application are extracted/placed in the ProgramData\UIU\bin directory (temporarily). Program Files is no longer used for any resources or logs.

NOTE: The UIU 5 Installation log files are also now located in ProgramData\UIU; other install files remain in Program Files.