As per usual, make sure that you back everything up before making changes to your system. I am not responsible for your stuff ups!
I was attempting to deploy an image created with MDT 2008 (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) to a VMWare virtual machine. After PXE booting my WIM image, Windows PE did not have a network card present that could talk to the deployment server (It worked first time using Citrix XenServer!)
Here is my test environment;
I have created two virtual machines on a test VMWare ESXi box.
VM One has Windows 2003, MDT 2008 and Windows Deployment Services.
VM Two is the VM I am attempting to build via MDT installed on VM one.
After mucking around with injecting the vmware drivers, changing the network card type and recreating WIM’s ad infinitum, I found out the the VMX file for the test VM was missing a couple of essential entries.
Adding the following lines worked for me;
ethernet0.startConnected = “true”
ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”
ethernet0.addressType = “generated”
I made the changes, uploaded them using the data store browser, started the VM, and voila!