Monday, 1 December 2008

How To Add VMware Flexible NIC Driver For WinPE 2.1 x86/x64 Automation

By default, WinPE 2.1 x86/x64 supports the VMware NIC model e1000. When
possible, use this NIC model with your virtual machines. However, a
virtual machine created for Windows 2003 x86 Standard Edition can only
use the VMware Flexible NIC which is not supported by default.
To add VMware Flexible NIC support into the WinPE 2.1 x86/x64 automation
1.       On the Deployment Server, copy the VMware Tool ISO file from a
VMware ESX Server at /vmimages/tools-isoimages/windows.iso or create a
physical CD-ROM.
2.       Mount or extract the VMware Tool for ESX Server ISO/CD-ROM.
3.       Run the PXE Configuration utility.
4.       Select WinPE Managed boot menu option and click Edit.
5.       Click Edit Boot Image. The Altiris Boot Disk Creator will run.
6.       At Step 9, click Edit.
7.       At Step 1, click Next.
8.       At Step 2, click Have Disk.
9.       Click Browse and browse to the VMware Tool for ESX Server
ISO/CD-ROM contents and its \Program Files\VMware\VMware
Tools\Drivers\vmxnet\win2k\32bit directory.
10.      Select the vmware-nic.inf file and click Open. If prompted that
driver is an unsupported class type, click Yes and click Ok.
11.      Repeat step 7 through 9 to select the x64 driver, vmxnet.inf,
from the VMware Tool for ESX Server ISO/CD-ROM contents and its \Program
Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\vmxnet\win2k\64bit directory.
12.      Continue with the Boot Disk Creator wizard to generate the
WinPE images.
13.      After the wizard completes, click Save.
12.      After the save completes, click OK. It will take several
minutes for the PXE server to replicate the PXE images.

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