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How to change ESXi VM NIC driver

I have a XP VM in my ESXi box that is currently using "flexible" as adapter type.

I need to change it to e1000. Is there a way to do this on the fly?

I need a few pointers.

Thanks,

Tobe
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Danny McDanielClinical Systems AnalystCommented:
you can edit settings on the VM and add another ethernet adapter of the type e1000 while the VM is running, then go into the VM, run device manager, have it look for new hardware, configure the new adapter and disable the first but XP may still want a reboot during this process.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
or, you can shutdown the machine, edit the Virtual Machine *.VMX file and change to ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is there a reason why you want to use E1000 driver?

The VMXNET3 driver has much better performance, unless you need to specific Intel e1000 network driver support.
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tobe1424Author Commented:
Well here is the thing. I am trying to pull an image from a XP VM inside a ESXi host(dl380 g4) onto a WDS server on a physical DL380 G4.

With Windows 7 i have no issues uploaded the image to the WDS server. With XP image I have a network issue in the Image Capture Wizard. When I try to ping I receive: ping transmit fail

With that said, I think that if we change the vm nic to e1000, that should help my dev lab

Thanks for the input folks

Regards,

Tobe
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, I thought it might be something like WDS related. Good Luck with driver change.
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