Networking Connectivity
Network Connectivity
Slow image transfer over the network with Microsoft* WinPE* and imaging software

When using PXE to boot to Microsoft* WinPE* and using a third party imaging software to install a client PC, network transmission of the image from the image server may be very slow or stop altogether.

Intel LAN controllers on motherboard or Intel add-in network adapters have certain advanced settings enabled by default when the network driver is installed. These settings may not be understood by the imaging software. It is recommended that administrators change these settings on the image server step by step, to identify if any of these settings affect the image transfer.

The following advanced driver settings should be changed step by step. The Intel LAN driver advanced settings can be accessed from Windows* Device Manager by right clicking on the network connection or network adapter and selecting Properties. Then click on the Advanced tab.

Interrupt Moderation Rate set to turn off
Offload Receive IP Checksum set to off
Offload Receive TCP Checksum set to off
Offload TCP segmentation set to off
Offload Transmit IP checksum set to off
Offload Transmit TCP checksum set to turn off
Receive Side Scaling Disable.

Operating System:

Windows Server 2003 *, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition*

This applies to:

Intel® PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter
Intel® Server Board S5000PSL

Solution ID: CS-028765
Last Modified: 07-Oct-2013
Date Created: 24-Jan-2008
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