Networking Connectivity
Network Connectivity
How do I Setup Intel® 10 Gigabit Network Adapter 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.

Intel® 10 Gigabit Network Adapter drivers are not supported on either Microsoft Windows 2000* or Microsoft Windows XP*.

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.

Download Webpack for Windows Server 2003*

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 PROXGB\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 PROXGB\Win32 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

  5. Delete IXE5132.PNF (if present) from the [IMAGE_ROOT]\i386 directory.

  6. Extract the .INF files from PROXGB\Win32\RIS_INF\IXE5132.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.

    See Microsoft Help & Support Article 246184*.

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 PROXGB\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 PROXGB\Win64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

  5. Delete IXE5164.PNF (if present) from the [IMAGE_ROOT]\ia64 directory.

  6. Extract the .INF file from PROXGB\Win64\RIS_INF\IXE5164.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.

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 PROXGB\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 PROXGB\Winx64 directory to the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64 directory. Do NOT copy the INF files to this directory.

  5. Delete IXE51x64.PNF (if present) from the [IMAGE_ROOT]\amd64 directory.

  6. Extract the .INF files from PROXGB\Winx64\RIS_INF\IXE51x64.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 boot agent image. 
    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 Windows 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
How do I setup Intel® Gigabit Network Connection drivers for RIS installation?
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Intel® Boot Agent
Download Intel® Ethernet Connections Boot Utility
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® 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 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

Solution ID: CS-028874
Last Modified: 08-Oct-2014
Date Created: 26-Feb-2008
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