Update NIC drivers in VM on ESX

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)

Many Thanks
James HurleyIT ManagerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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James HurleyIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
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?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, certainly.
James HurleyIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Many Thanks
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