Monday Apr 15, 2013

How to update the correct Network driver for a VMWare server configuration

I have recently tried to "convert" my physical servers to virtual through the P2V converters for my own POCS, using VirtualBox or VMWare, but in the process I encountered some annoying issues with theses conversions such as the NetWork driver configuration, so here you can find the story and the solution:

I have converted my Win2003 64, physical server configuration to a VMWare virtual machine, and when I tried to boot it, I wasn't able to load the real Network driver, although the VMWare Tools were installed and configured without issues.
I was able to use the "shared folders" capability of the VMWare , and I created a shared folder "D", mapped on my D host drive, so at least I was able to copy files between the host and my VMWare server :)

The solution to my Network connectivity problem, was the following:

1. I got the Network driver PRO2K3XP_x64.exe from here.

2. Using WinRar I extracted the contents to my local server directory, then on my VMWare server; thought the VMWare network I copied this directory to my local VMWare driver.

3. Then on my VMWare server, I just "forced" a hardware discovery, the driver manager asked my the location of the Intel PRO/1000 driver files, and I pointed the hardware wizard to the my local repository et voila: the driver was recognized and correctly configured.

Now I can hook my VMWare to my network with all the Weblogic/OIM/OAM configuration :)

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About the Author:


Eugene Simos is based in France and joined Oracle through the BEA-Weblogic Acquisition, where he worked for the Professional Service, Support, end Education for major accounts across the EMEA Region. He worked in the banking sector, ATT, Telco companies giving him extensive experience on production environments. Eugene currently specializes in Oracle Fusion Middleware teaching an array of courses on Weblogic/Webcenter, Content,BPM /SOA/Identity-Security/GoldenGate/Virtualisation/Unified Comm Suite) throughout the EMEA region.

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