I've recently enabled WDS for my lab environment to deploy WinXP/Vista/Win2003 images. I've already configured my boot images (capture and install). I am using VMWare Workstation 5.5 to gather the image from, so I boot into my capture image and use wpeutil to initialize the network, but the command does not successfully start. I booted into my install image just to see if this would work, but get the following error message:

WdsClient: An error occurred while starting networking: a matching network card driver was not found in this image. Please have your Administrator add the network driver for this machine to the Windows PE image on the Windows Deployment Services server.

Now I follow the instructions provided by the Microsoft support article (KB923834) and use the error log to obtain the hardware ID of the driver. It turns out the driver in question is the VMWare Accelerated AMD PCNet Adaptor. I can't find an .inf for this device anywhere. Observing the device in a working VMWare machine, it shows the vmxnet.sys as the driver but no .inf file. Do I have to create my own .inf for this device? Any assistance would be appreciated.

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The best solutions are the ones you figure out on your own. I used driver magician to create a backup of the network adaptor after installing VMware tools. I then injected the driver into the image, deleted the current image in the WDS console and added the new one. Works like gangbusters now.
Answered 10/30/2007 by: danr29
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