Have you tried the following steps listed in the Guest Operating System Installation Guide?
Enabling Networking After Installing Windows NT:
If networking was disabled at the time you installed Windows NT, you can enable it after installing the operating system. Shut down Windows NT and power off the virtual machine. Add the network adapter to the virtual machines configuration, and then follow the instructions below to install the network driver in the Windows NT guest operating system.
1 Power on the virtual machine.
2 While Windows NT is booting, insert the Windows NT 4.0 CD in the CD-ROM drive.
3 Log on to Windows NT and install the AMD PCNET driver:
a Open the Network properties page by double-clicking the Network icon in Control Panel. Change to the Network Adapters screen by clicking the Adapters tab.
b Click the Add button and select the AMD PCNET Family Ethernet Adapter from the list.
c A message pops up prompting you to enter a path for the Windows NT files. Specify the \i386 folder on the CD in the path you enter (for example, type D:\i386 if the CD is in drive D) and click Continue.
d Windows NT setup prompts you for the Windows NT files again. Click Continue.
e Use the default adapter settings; they do not need to be changed. Windows NT setup prompts you again for a path to the Windows NT files. Click Continue to finish installing the driver.
Thank-you Kevin. Yes, I did try that and it didn't work. Actually I tried it twice - once with the path F:\i386 (as you suggested) which failed immediately with an error popup "OEMSETUP.INF or OEMSETNT.INF not found", and then with the path F: (i.e. the root of the WinNT4 CD) which appeared to work in that it proceeded through the install of the adapter driver and the adapter showed up in the network adapter list etc - but this was the case I reported in my original append, where the actual device would not start - failed with "files missing".
However - you gave me an idea - to try to find the driver files in the vmware vmtools install. And I did.
I mounted the vmware isoimage:
as my virtual CDRom, and then ran a search for OEMSETUP.INF - and it showed up in
F:\program files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\vmxnet\winnt
I then tried once more adding the AMD PCnet adapter but pointing the "Have Disk" path to the above path - and bingo - it took it, and on reboot the device was there and started and working.
THANKS and if there is anyone else out there struggling with getting an ethernet adapter working in virtual NT4 - This is how!
One comment is that there is a bit of a contradiction in that, when identifying the adapter to be added , you select the regular AMD PCnet adapter from the list that the network window presents, but when it asks for the path for the files, you point it at the vmware vmxnet adapter - which is (I assume) a different adapter. Do not be deterred! It works!
In the network and devices windows, it is identified as "Vmware Virtual ethernet adapter"
but in ipconfig it shows up as "Vmware Accelerated AMD PCnet adapter" !!
(And - don't forget to disable it in the non-virtual hardware profile)
Thanks johnlumby !
Your way works perfect for me on three Windows NT 4.0 guest machines
wich I imported from acronis image to VMWARE server 1.0
Works for me too!! Great job! Thanks for the detailed instructions
Your advice helped alot.
I needed to download the NT drivers from the AMD site however. Others may find this URL useful:
this one worked for me.
It really worked for me as well.
I was struggling for this issue since weeks. Its very simple. Just need to run VMWare Tools. It will automatically install drivers and says to restart the os. thankx again for your help
I'm working with Workstation 4 and unfortunately the windows.iso included in this package does not include the oemsetup.inf file. I too will need to manually install the driver from AMD's site.