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How to add a third-party OEM network adapter to a RIS installation
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This article describes the issues that are involved in adding a network adapter that requires an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) driver to a CD-ROM-based Remote Installation Services (RIS) image.
Adding a network adapter that requires an OEM driver to a CD-ROM-based RIS image involves some of the same steps as adding such a driver to a typical unattended installation.
However, because the installation method begins by using Pre-Boot eXecution Environment (PXE) and then switches over to using the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, the network adapter driver and its .inf file must be available during text-mode setup. If the driver and the .inf file are not available, you receive the following error message:
When a PXE client that is running Client Installation Wizard (CIW) connects to an RIS server, the network adapter is using Universal Network Device Interface to communicate with the RIS server. When Windows Setup switches to SMB, the network adapter is detected, and the appropriate driver is loaded. Therefore, the driver must be available.
The network server does not support booting Windows 2000. Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.
Adding the OEM Network Adapter Driver to the RIS ImageCheck with the OEM to determine whether the supplied network adapter driver is digitally signed. If the drivers from the manufacturer contain a catalog (.cat) file, they are probably properly signed. Drivers signed by Microsoft have been verified and tested to work with Windows. If your driver has not been signed but you still want to use it, make sure to add the following unattended-setup parameter to the .sif file that is located in the RemoteInstall\Setup\Language\Images\Dir_name\I386\Templates folder:
[Unattended]Note that if the OEM driver is an update of an included Windows XP driver (for example, if the drivers have the same name), the file must be signed or else Setup uses the included driver instead.
DriverSigningPolicy = Ignore