Networking Connectivity
Intel® Boot Agent
Tips and tricks for RIS installations

Note: These instructions are written for experienced network administrators and other computer professionals. Do not attempt these procedures unless you are familiar with the techniques and processes discussed here.

Random Failures of the RIS Process

If performing an RIS install simultaneously on multiple machines from an image created by the Microsoft* RIPrep process and there are more than one version of the drivers and INF available, you may get inconsistent results joining the domain and random failures stating that the image does not contain drivers for the network adapter, or that the drivers are not signed. In some cases this has been resolved by renaming all Intel® Network Adapter INF files from the system except the one you wish to use prior to running RIPrep.

You must rename the files to an extension other than INF to exclude them from operating system consideration. For example, renaming NET557.INF to NET557.OLD would eliminate it from the operating system INF scan.

To find all the INF files on the system relevant to Intel adapters, select Search. From the root of the C drive, search for all files named *.INF containing Intel adapter identification strings.

For 10/100 adapters, search for the identification string VEN_8086&DEV_1229. For Gigabit adapters more than one INF file might exist, search for VEN_8086&DEV_1000, VEN_8086&DEV_105E, VEN_8086&DEV_10A7, and VEN_8086&DEV_100E. This should find any Intel network adapter INF files. Rename any INF files containing these strings except for the ones in the latest version that you are using as the source.

If the source system has previously had an Intel adapter installed, you will find one or more files named OEM#.INF in the WINNT\inf directory. The operating system will create copies of the INF files in the WINNT\inf directory for devices as they are installed. These copies will be named OEM#.INF where # is a number assigned by the OS. If the search finds these INF files, rename the files and the corresponding .PNF files. For example, if the search finds a file named OEM1.INF containing one of the strings given above, rename this file and also the file OEM1.PNF in the same directory.

Do not eliminate any INF files unless you have positively identified them as Intel adapter INF files. These files may be needed by the operating system.

Once you are sure you have renamed or removed all extraneous copies of the INF files, then run RIPrep.

Troubleshooting Assistance

If you are having problems with RIS installs and need assistance, try turning on verbose logging to see if you can capture the problem. See Microsoft Knowledge Base article 243996 for detailed instructions.

Additional Information

Creating an installation image with RIPrep*

This applies to:

Intel® Boot Agent

Solution ID: CS-008215
Last Modified: 23-Jun-2014
Date Created: 11-Jan-2004
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