WDS XP the network location cannot be reached

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have an XP VM inside ESXi hosted on a Hp dl380 g4. The WDS server is on a physical hp dl380 g4

I have successfully uploaded an install image with win7 but now with XP I receive the message
"the network location cannot be reached....

Based on some brief research, the message may be related to a driver missing?(which I didn't have to install on the win 7 reference client)

Any suggestions ?

Thanks and regards,

Question by:tobe1424
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    Expert Comment

    by:Pradeep Dubey
    Well if you are able to provide Static Ip to the XP machine NIC then its not a driver issue. Its a network issue.
    Run the below command
    tracert (IP of the server)  
    check whether you are able to et out of the XP machine or not.
    If you are able to get out of the XP machine then check that IP from where you are not getting reply.
    Let me know the network configuration of your ESX and server means how ESX VM's are communicating with the server ( Physical server)


    Author Comment

    On the same ESXi server I have a windows 7 machine that doesn't have an issue uploading the image to the wds box. I think we are clear of networking issues regarding the vm nics.

    I've read that xp is HAL independent and vista and newer isn't.

    Does that mean I have to do something additionally when capturing the image or sysprepping the xp client?



    Author Comment

    I can obtain an ip through pxe but there seems to be a networking error message while trying to upload the image to the wds server.

    Need help.

    Thank and regards,


    Author Comment

    cannot upload xp image to wds server
    LVL 11

    Expert Comment

    by:Pradeep Dubey
    You are facing problem to upload files only other networking part is working fine right ?

    Accepted Solution

    Well. I changed the vm nice to e1000 and it solved the issue.

    Author Closing Comment

    Also had to install driver on VM XP

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