Troubleshooting a missing networking device error during deployment

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 31 Oct. 2012 / Last Updated on 28 Aug. 2012]

A tip on troubleshoting a missing networking device error during Windows image deployment using MDT.

Problem:

You're trying to deploy Windows 7 image to a PC system using MDT.  When you finish walking through the Deployment Wizard, instead of the installation proceeding the following error is displayed:

A connection to the deployment share could not be made. The deployment will not proceed.

The following networking device did not have a driver installed.

PCI\VFN_8086&DEV_10EF&SUBSYS_80001025&REV_06

Binging DEV_10EF&SUBSYS_80001025&REV_06 indicates that the problem device is Intel 82578DM Gigabit Network Connection.  What's happening here is that the driver for this particular device is missing from your reference image.

Solution:

  1. Import the missing driver into your deployment share.
  2. Update the deployment share to regenerate your boot image.
  3. Restart the deployment.

Mitch Tulloch is a eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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