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Is it possible to update the drivers for the NIC on my Windows 2008 VM.

I think i have an issue and want to reinstall the drivers, what would be the best way?

Remove the NIC altogether and add a new one, or update the drivers on the 2008 server.

The Current NIC is a E1000 which is the Intel Pro/1000MT NIC. My current driver version is 2008 (8.4.1.0)

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If you use a later version of ESX, you have got updated VMware Tools, which includes later drivers.

Ensure you are using the VMXNET3 network intwerface and not the E1000 legacy NIC.
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I see you are using the E1000 interface this is a legacy interface used just for installation.

Add a new NIC, and select VMXNET3, providing you have the VMware Tools installed.

and then disable and remove the old NIC.
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Thanks, i have now done this on one server and it has updated. Unfortunatley it has not solved my issue.

Would you advise upgrading all Nics away from the legacy E1000 then?
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Yes, certainly.
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