Configmgr 2012 : How to create custom boot images that will support #VMware’s native VMXnet3 NIC

December 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, ConfigMgr SP2, configmgr2007, ConfigMgr2007 R3, sccm, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3, SCCM 2007 SP2, SCCM 2012, SCCM 2012 SP1, sccm2007, Vmware by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


Though VMware Tools does not support the WAIK or ADK’s WINPE 3.1 environment, you can take advantage of specific VMware Tools drivers, such as vmxnet3, and pvscsi by creating a customized Configmgr 2007/2012 Boot Image .

To create a customized Configmgr 2007/2012 Boot Image :

  • On your Primary site server Click Start > All Programs > Microsoft Windows AIK > Windows PE Tools Command Prompt to open the Windows PE Tools command prompt.
  • Run this command to create a Windows PE build environment in the WinPE folder.
      • for a 32bit boot wim – copype x86 C:\winpe-x86
      • for a 64bit boot wim – copype amd64 C:\winpe-amd64
  • Install VMware Tools on Windows 2008 and copy the entire contents of the C:\Program Files\VMWare\VMWare Tools\Drivers\pvscsi and vmxnet3 folders to a C:\VMDrivers folders on the virtual machine.
  • From the Windows PE command prompt (<Drive>:\winpe-x86), run this command to mount winpe.wim to the mount folder:
    dism /mount-Wim /wimfile:<drive>:\winpe.wim 1 /mountdir:<drive>:\WinPE_tmp
  • Run this command at the Windows PE Tools command prompt to copy the vmxnet, vmxnet3 (enhanced), and pvsci drivers:
    winpe.wim: dism /image:<drive>:\WinPE_tmp /Add-Driver /driver:c:\VMDrivers /recurse
  • Run this command to save the changes to winpe.wim:
    dism /unmount-Wim /Mountdir:<drive>:\WinPE_tmp /commit

Import your custom bootimages in Configmgr 2007/2012 and distribute them to your DP . Your done !

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

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