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KSDavis
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HP Z440 WDS WinPE PXE Network boot drivers

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I'm creating a Windows 7 WDS deployment image for our new Z440's but am having difficulty getting the WDS boot image to recognise the NIC in the Z440.

 

When I boot in to Windows on C: everything works fine and the NIC is recognised as an "Intel(R) Ethernet Connection (2) I1218-LM", using driver file E1D62X64.sys. It leases an IP address successfully from the DHCP server, so I'm confident the physical hardware works and is connected properly. I have even gone into the BIOS and reset to factory defaults.

 

I have tried a number of driver sources to inject into the boot.wim file, all without success. After every failure I delete the Win7 folders including sources\boot.wim, and start with a freshly extracted copy from the Win7 SP1 ISO source file. I then follow the 3-step process to mount the image, inject the drivers and unmount the image with the /commit switch. The drivers all report as successfully installed.

 

The driver sources so far:

HP drivers for the NIC from the Z440 support downloads page (R19_338993).

The Intel generic X64 drivers from https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/18713 - the PROXGB folder has WinPE driver inf file updates for NDIS62 and NDIS63, both of which have been tried.

The HP WinPE 3.0 drivers from http://ftp.hp.com/pub/caps-softpaq/cmit/HP_WinPE_DriverPack.html

 

I then Add a boot image in WDS 2008R2, and right click the image to Create a Capture Image. I'm confident the DISM processes are working as the boot image file here changes size every time I redo it.

 

I then boot via PXE (F12) and load the Capture image, which all seems to work except the NIC - Boot BIOS PXE gets a DHCP address, offers me the new boot image, loads it, and presents the first confirmation screen. I click Next, press Shift-F10 to get a cmd prompt, type "ipconfig", and it returns nothing (normally I'd expect to see a NIC entry there even if it's having difficulty getting an IP lease). If the volume is Sysprepped when booting to this stage I get the option to select drive C: as the source, and the cmd prompt sees drive C: without issue (HP Z-Drive 256GB).

 

Any ideas / help? As is always the case, we have a few more of these machines turning up in a couple of weeks and I'll be away so I need to get this driver issue sorted out. At the moment, I only have the one machine so can't experiment on another.

KR, Kevin

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Charles_Spencer
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Anybody ever solve this?  I have the exact same problem, right down to the drivers I've already tried.

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