Imaging not working with Windows 8 in VMware after applying Feb 2015 Imaging Update (e1000e driver issue)

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  • 24-Feb-2015
  • 25-Feb-2015


Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.3 Imaging
Novell ZENworks Configuration Management 11.2 Imaging


After applying February 2015 Imaging Update, Windows 8 VM's running on VMware can no longer do imaging (e1000e linux driver can not load, thus stopping the ZEN imaging engine to fully initialize). 


Workaround: Edit the .vmx configuration file from the VM, and change the attribute 'ethernet0.virtualDev' from 'e1000e' to 'e1000'.  Using the nic interface 'e1000' works just fine in Windows 8 VMs.


In order to support several new hardware models, the e1000e driver was updated in this imaging update release.  Unfortunately this specific driver has problems with VMware.  


Reported to Engineering