Lenovo X1 not PXE booting in Configmgr 2012 SP1 ?

10:51 am in ConfigMgr 2012, ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, Deployment, lenovo, Operating System Deployment, OSD, SCCM 2012, SCCM 2012 SP1, windows 8 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]


Customer does zero-touch Windows 8 deployments on all computers , but when I tried it on the Lenovo Carbon X1 with the USB Ethernet dongle (P/N: 0A36322 or 0B67708) that Lenovo sells , it didn’t work.

However PXE boot works and I get an IP to begin the WinPE x64 download but once we get in the WinPE 4.0 stack , the Ethernet lights turns off and the machine reboots.To troubleshoot, I pressed F8 to bring up the CMD and IPCONFIG /all doesn’t list the NIC. Strange .

What if PXE boot does not work at all ? You need to do this first :

  • In the BIOS, under STARTUP, change the UEFI/Legacy Boot to "Legacy Only"
  • In the BIOS, under RESTART, change the OS Optimized Defaults to "Disabled", then choose "Load Setup Defaults".

On Configmgr 2012 sp1 ,  I imported the x64 drivers both from Lenovo the Ethernet dongle and then redeployed the boot images but no luck each time.

So hold on a minute .. does that X1 only have USB 3 ports ? Yes it has .

Solution : Download the USB 3.0 Driver: Intel® USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver for Intel® 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family here : https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=21129 . Make sure you have version as older versions do not work with WINPE 4.0 .

Import the drivers in ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and add them to your boot image . Now it will work !

Note : Other systems that exhibit this same behavior are the ASUS Zenbook UX31, Apple MacBook Air plus and I expect most of the new Ultrabook form factor systems that only have USB 3.0 ports and no built-in ethernet port will have this same problem.

Hope it Helps ,

Kenny Buntinx

Enterprise Client Management MVP