SCCM : Deploying Windows 7 on a VMware ESX environment ( howto )

February 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, Drivers, Installation, OSD, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 SP2, sccm2007, script, Vmware, Windows 7 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hi ,

Did you ever wanted to build a reference image of your physical workstations onto your VMware ESX environment ( yes , some customers have a firm grip on vmware …) so that people could play around ?

In my previous post , I explained already on how to perform this for Vmware workstation and the process isn’t that much different. see

Well , I have a lot of customers demanding for this scenario as well and here is how you get started :

Prerequisite: Make sure that you have at least ESX 3.5 update 5 !

Step 1 : Download the drivers of the “Intel PRO Network adapter” from the Intel site (

Step 2 : Copy the drivers to a folder from the extracted VMware tools on your SCCM Primary server & import those drivers into the driver database . Make sure to assign a category to it .It could be perfectly VMware like in the example below.


Step 3 : When done , alter your Windows 7 deployment task sequence and add a “auto apply driver step”

Step 4 : Limit the driver scope to the Vmware category earlier defined as shown below.When done , click OK.


Step 5 : Make sure that your settings in your VMware are representing the following settings.

For Windows 7 32 bit :


For Windows 7 64 bit :


Step 6 : Once done , you boot your machine in PXE and start staging . That’s it . However do not forget to add your VMWARE Tools into your tasksequence .


Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

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