System Center 2012 : ConfigMgr E1000 PXE Boot Crash / Hang

Hang

I’ve come across an issues with a Configuration Manager 2012 deployment where an ESXi 4.1 VM configured with an E1000 NIC will Crash / Hang at Boot just as Windows PE loads the GUI. The boot gets stuck on “Windows is Starting Up.” I’m unable to do anything other that hard-reset the VM.

Hang

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Drivers have been imported as follows (click for full size):

Drv1

And assigned to the PXE Boot Image:

Drv2

I’ll update as and when I find a solution…