Windows 2003 : HP c-Class evbda.sys BSOD

Windows 2003 :  HP c-Class evbda.sys BSOD

When installing Windows Server 2003 x64 on a HP c-Class Blade you may experience a BSOD with the error code:  IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL / 0x0000000A / evbda.sys

This issue is caused by the HP NC532i Dual Port 10GbE Multifunction BL-c Adapter driver that has a known issue which causes a BSOD on servers with 16+ cores. The new driver is available here. We must integrate this driver into the Windows setup process as this BSOD occurs before the PSP is installed.

If you are using HP RDP then this process is simple; download the new 10Gbe driver from HP and extract its entire contents to the following folder on the Altiris server:
eXpress Directory\Deployment Server\lib\osoem\proliant.zzz\w52.64\$oem$\$1\drivers\net

The driver located in this folder are used during Windows setup, as a result this will resolve the BSOD error.

Alternatively, disable some of the cores to boot your server and install the updated driver. You’ll then be able to boot to Windows with all cores enabled.