Networking Connectivity
Intel® Boot Agent
How to Update Intel® Boot Agent

The Intel® Ethernet Connections boot utility has the latest Intel® Boot Agent code for Intel® Ethernet adapters. Download this archive to update your boot agent. All functionality and command line switches that were found in IBAUTIL are supported in BOOTUTIL.

You can update the Intel Boot Agent using one of two methods:

  1. Use Intel® PROSet for Windows* Device Manager
  2. Use the Intel® Ethernet Connections boot utility

The BOOTUTIL.exe utility can be used to update the image and control many settings of the boot agent. See the documentation supplied with the Intel® Ethernet Connections utility for details.

For boot image update or installation using Intel PROSet for Windows* Device Manager:

  1. Open Windows* Device Manager.
  2. Select the network adapter to update.
  3. Select the Boot Options tab
  4. Click the Flash information button
  5. Click the Update Flash button
  6. Read and respond to the caution prompt. Click Yes to continue.
  7. Read and respond to the prompts for creating a backup
  8. Browse to the latest image file, BootIMG.FLB.
  9. Select the image type to write and click OK.
  10. Read and respond to the prompts.
  11. Restart your computer.
  12. Configure the desired options in the Device Manager, Boot Options tab.

You can find the BootIMG.FLB file in the APPS\BootUtil folder of the software CD or in the files installed using the Intel® Ethernet Connections boot utility.

Using older version of Intel® Boot Agent and older FLB Images
Using an older version of the software or older flash images requires manual selection of the image file for your adapter type. The last character before the ".FLB" extension matches the file to the adapter type. See Table 1 to match the image file name to the adapter.

Table 1
Matching Image File Name to Adapter Type

Adapter Filename Pattern Comment
Intel® PRO/100 Desktop and Server Adapters BAxxxxL1.FLB Supports adapters based on the 8255x controllers.
Intel® PRO/1000 Desktop and Server Adapters BAxxxxL2.FLB Supports most gigabit adapters.
Adapters based on the 82542 and 82543 controllers are not supported.
Intel® PRO/10GbE Server Adapters (PCI-X*) BAxxxxL4.FLB Supports adapters based on the 82597EX controller.
Intel® 10 Gigabit Server Adapters (PCI-Express*) BAxxxxL5.FLB Supports adapters based on the 82598EB controller.

Contents of this archive are not intended for network connections that are built into the computer, such as the PRO/100 VE, PRO/100 VM or PRO/1000 CT Network Connection. For built-in network connections, the boot agent must be updated as part of a BIOS update. Contact your system vendor for information.

Some Intel adapters are not equipped with flash memory chips, but have a socket instead. For early model PRO/1000 adapters that came with a flash chip socket, there are no updates available.

Intel® Boot Agent is enabled by default on desktop adapters and disabled by default on server adapters. Disable the boot agent on all Ethernet adapters that are not using it.

Related Topics
How do I turn the Boot Agent off or prevent it from running?
Is Your PXE Boot Failing with an E74 error?
How do I troubleshoot PXE boot with a network protocol analyzer?
Download the Intel® Ethernet Flash Firmware Utility (includes BootUtil.exe)
Where is Intel® PROSet and what is it?

Operating System:

OS Independent

This applies to:

Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT2 Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter
Intel® Boot Agent
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I210-T1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-LR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-T2
Intel® Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter
Intel® Gigabit EF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET2 Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 CT Network Connection
Intel® PRO/1000 F Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 Gigabit Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter (LX)
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 T Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 T Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100B Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE CX4 Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter

Solution ID: CS-008362
Last Modified: 16-Jan-2013
Date Created: 15-Jan-2004
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