Networking Connectivity
Network Connectivity
How do I Setup Intel® PRO/100 Network Connection Drivers for RIS Installation?

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 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 for the CD except that directories for other operating systems will be found in the Webpack for that OS. You must download a Webpack for each OS separately.

Drivers & Software for Intel® PRO/100 Network Adapters

Microsoft* Windows* 2000

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

2. Copy all files from the PRO100\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 PRO100\WIN32 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

5. Extract the .INF file from PRO100\WIN32\RIS_INF\E100BNT5.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory.

6. Restart the Boot Information Negotiation Layer service.

7. 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 PRO100\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 PRO100\WIN32 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

5. Extract the .INF file from PRO100\WIN32\RIS_INF\E100B325.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory.

6. Restart the Remote Installation Service.

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


Microsoft Windows XP and 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 PRO100\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 PRO100\WIN64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

5. Extract the .INF file from PRO100\WIN64\RIS_INF\E100B645.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64 directory.

6. Restart the Remote Installation Service.

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


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 PRO100\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 PRO100\WINX64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

5. Extract the .INF file from PRO100\WINX64\RIS_INF\EFE5B32E.ZIP to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64 directory.

6. Restart the Remote Installation Service.

7. 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.

Additional information
You setup RIS installs for 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® Gigabit Network Connection drivers for RIS installation?
How do I setup Intel® 10 Gigabit Network Adapter 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® PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 Smart Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100B Adapter

Solution ID: CS-028873
Last Modified: 08-Oct-2014
Date Created: 26-Feb-2008
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