In VMware and Provisioning Server 6.0 and later, you cannot successfully connect to virtual disk while starting from the local Hard Drive because the 6.0, 6.1 Target Device software is binding to one of these ghost NICs producing a Red X in the virtual disk status tray. In the Event Viewer you see the following Event ID 7026:
The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:
When installing the Provisioning Server Target Device software on the virtual machine you are trying to capture an image from are the “Ghost NICs” in Device Manager that the Target Device software is binding to.
- Uninstall the Provisioning Server Target Device software from the virtual machine and restart.
- System Properties dialog box appears.
- Select the Advanced tab and click Environment Variables.
- Click the New button below the System Variables panel.
- In the New System Variable dialog box, type devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices in the Variable Name text box and 1 in the Variable Value text box.
- Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box and then click OK again.
- Access Device Manager.>.View > Show Hidden Devices.
- Expand the network adapters in the device tree and look for the inactive icons, which indicate unused device drivers.
Note: To remove an unused device driver, right-click the icon and select Uninstall
- Reinstall the Provisioning Server 6.0 or 6.1 Target Device software and restart. You should now be able to connect to the virtual disk.
The ghost NICs are as displayed in the following screen shot:
Note: Ensure to remove the environmental variable after completing the procedure.
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