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WinPE 2.1 network drivers (VMWare WS 6.02) issue

I am having an issue where the network connection between my

host and guest systems fails and the host network support completely fails to

the point where I have to reboot. Here is the scenario:

Host OS: Vista SP1

Guest OS: XP SP2

Nework Share: Vista SP1 (on host)

First of all the VMWare network drivers are not included in

WinPE 2.x so I had to obtain the drivers from the VMW Tools CD and inject them

into my WinPE 2.1 boot disk. Also this

issue does not exist using WinPE 2.0 with the same network drivers in VMWare or

using WinPE2.1 on physical hardware


When building a WinXP system I copy the i386 files from my

Vista SP1 share to the guest C-Drive and launch the XP install. During the i386 file copy the network

connection fails, the ability to connect to any of the Vista SP1 network shares

from any system fails and an error is generated in the event viewer “2017 -The

server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server

reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.” The only way

to recover is to reboot the host.

So I am thinking that there is an issue with the VMWare

network drivers and if I am correct how do I go about getting updated network


The reason I have to use WinPE 2.1 is that supports both

32-bit and 64-bit installs from the 32-bit WinPE front-end.

Any feedback would be appreciated!

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I'm in a similar situation only I am using ESX Server 3.0.2 update 1. no joy booting VM to WinPE 2.1.


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which virtualDev do you use for ethernet0 ?

description of vmx-parameters:


Do you need support with a VMFS recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
I do not support Workstation 16 at this time ...

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