Networking Connectivity
Network Connectivity
How do I setup Intel® Gigabit Network Connection drivers for RIS installation?

Microsoft Windows 2000*
Microsoft Windows XP* and Microsoft Windows Server 2003*
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Intel® Itanium® Processors
Microsoft Windows XP x64* and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64*
General Recommdations
Related Topics


To set up network drivers for RIS installation, you must copy files from the Intel® Network Connections Software CD to the RIS image [IMAGE_ROOT]. Follow the directions listed below for your operating system.

If you do not have the CD, you can download the required files. The RIS_INF folders are included as part of the Webpack for that OS. The directory structure is the same as listed below for the CD except that directories for other operating systems are missing. You must download a Webpack for each OS separately.

Drivers and software for the Intel® Gigabit Network Adapters


Microsoft Windows 2000*

Note Make sure you are using the latest service pack on the RIS server.
  1. Create an [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory if one does not already exist.

  2. Copy all files from the PRO1000\Win32 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory.

  3. Make the following changes to the .SIF file that is used for this image installation (located in the [IMAGE_ROOT]\I386\Templates directory):

    [Unattended]
    OemPreinstall = yes
    OemPnpDriversPath = \Drivers\Nic

  4. Copy all .SYS files from PRO1000\Win32 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

  5. Delete E1000NT5.PNF, E1E5032.PNF and E1Q5032.PNF (if present) from the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory.

  6. Extract the .INF files from PRO1000\Win32\RIS_INF\E1000NT5.ZIP, E1E5032.ZIP, and E1Q5032.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory.

  7. Restart the Boot Information Negotiation Layer service.

  8. Follow the rest of the Microsoft instructions for adding a new network driver to the RIS installation.

    See Microsoft Help & Support Article 246184*.


Microsoft Windows XP* and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)*

  1. Create an [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory if one does not already exist.

  2. Copy all files from the PRO1000\Win32 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory.

  3. Make the following changes to the .SIF file that is used for this image installation (located in the [IMAGE_ROOT]\I386\Templates directory):

    [Unattended]
    OemPreinstall = yes
    OemPnpDriversPath = \Drivers\Nic

  4. Copy all .SYS files from PRO1000\Win32 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

  5. Delete E1000325.PNF, E1E5132.PNF and E1Q5132.PNF (if present) from the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory.

  6. Extract the .INF files from PRO1000\Win32\RIS_INF\E1000325.ZIP, E1E5132.zip and E1Q5132.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory.

  7. Restart the Remote Installation Service.

  8. Follow the rest of the Microsoft instructions for adding a new network driver to the RIS installation.


Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Intel® Itanium® Processors

  1. Create an [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory if one does not already exist.

  2. Copy all files from the PRO1000\Win64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory.

  3. Make the following changes to the .SIF file that is used for this image installation (located in the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64\Templates directory):

    [Unattended]
    OemPreinstall = yes
    OemPnpDriversPath = \Drivers\Nic

  4. Copy all .SYS files from the PRO1000\Win64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

  5. Delete E1000645.PNF, E1E5164.PNF and E1Q5164.PNF (if present) from the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64 directory.

  6. Extract the .INF file from PRO1000\Win64\RIS_INF\E1000645.ZIP, E1E5164.ZIP and E1Q5164.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64 directory.

  7. Restart the Remote Installation Service.

  8. Follow the rest of the Microsoft instructions for adding a new network driver to the RIS installation.

Note RIS installations are not supported on Itanium®-based systems using PCIe quad port Intel® Server Adapters.



Microsoft Windows XP x64* and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64*

  1. Create an [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory if one does not already exist.

  2. Copy all files from the PRO1000\Winx64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\$oem$\$1\Drivers\NIC directory.

  3. Make the following changes to the .SIF file that is used for this image installation (located in the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64\Templates directory):

    [Unattended]
    OemPreinstall = yes
    OemPnpDriversPath = \Drivers\Nic

  4. Copy all .SYS files from the PRO1000\Winx64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

  5. Delete E1G5132E.PNF, E1E5132E.PNF, E1Q51X64.PNF and E1Y51X64.PNF (if present) from the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64 directory.

  6. Extract the .INF files from PRO1000\Winx64\RIS_INF\E1G5132E.ZIP, E1E5132E.ZIP, E1Q51X64.ZIP, and E1Y51X64.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64 directory.

  7. Restart the Remote Installation Service.

  8. Follow the rest of the Microsoft instructions for adding a new network driver to the RIS installation.



    General Recommendations:
    1. For plug-in PCI adapters, update the NIC boot agent with the latest PROBoot from the Intel Web site.
      Warning: If the LAN is integrated onto the motherboard (LOM), the boot agent is part of the system BIOS.
    2. Check that the motherboard has the latest BIOS - available from the motherboard manufacturer. Some BIOSes do not properly communicate GUID, or properly recognize boot agent.
    3. See Microsoft Help & Support articles 314479* and 315279*.
    4. Errors that occur after download of the image and reboot are based on the image and the $oem$...drivers files.
    5. If you are having blue screens or installation hangs with XP after installing SP1, see Microsoft Help & Support article 327536*.
    6. See also Tips and Tricks for RIS Installations
    7. If the problem still appears after following all the above, take all images (except the one currently needed) out of the \images\ directory so that only one image can be located.



    Related Topics
    You setup RIS installs for 10-gigabit or 10/100 adapters in the same way, but the driver file names are different. Go to one of these pages for specific directions for those adapters:
    How do I setup Intel® 10 Gigabit Network Adapter drivers for RIS installation?
    How do I setup Intel® PRO/100 Network Connection drivers for RIS installation?

    Below are links with more information to help you with Intel® Boot Agent or RIS:
    Intel® Boot Agent
    Windows Server 2003 Deployment Guide: Automating and Customizing Installations*
    Windows 2000 Server*: Remote Operating System Installation*
    Does Intel offer an IPv6 version of PXE?

This applies to:

Intel® Boot Agent
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® 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/1000 GT Desktop 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 MT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT 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 XF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Low Profile Server Adapter

Solution ID: CS-028856
Last Modified: 07-Oct-2013
Date Created: 20-Feb-2008
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