WinPE drivers for VMWare Windows guests

Version 2

    Verified Product Versions

    Endpoint Manager 2017.x

    Issue:

     

    You boot into WinPE from a VMWare Windows guest device configured with the VMXNET3 network adapter and/or the PVSCSI disk controller. In WinPE you don't have network and/or you don't see any disks.

     

    Cause:

     

    The drivers from the VMWare are not included in the WinPE image. Especially the 32-bit PVSCSCI driver is hard to find. As most OS's are 64-bit nowadays, the installed VMware Tools also contain only the 64-bit drivers. But if the device is non-UEFI, it will still boot the 32-bit WinPE image.

     

    Solution:

     

    Download the current version of the VMware Tools packages for Windows and Linux from https://my.vmware.com website. Use an archiving tool to extract the downloaded file (like 7-zip, for example). Look for the PVSCSI and VMXNET3 driver folders. Use the guide hereHow to add drivers to WinPE for Ivanti EPM OS Provisioning to add the attached drivers to the WinPE boot images. Please note that the VMXNET3 driver is the same for both the 32-bit and the 64-bit image, but that there are separate architecture drivers for the PVSCSI controller.