Disable Network Boot in VMWare!

The VMWare PXE network boot screen can be rather annoying:

How often do I actually boot from the network? Virtually never... so let us disable even checking on this VM!

How often do I actually boot from the network? Virtually never… so let us disable even checking for network boot on this VM!

Here are the steps for disabling network boot on a Windows 7 VM host (or Windows 8 host) and a Windows 7 guest OS:

#0 Power off your virtual machine

#1 Use notepad (or your favorite text editor) to edit your virtual machine’s .vmx file

For example, my VMX file for this particular VM was located here:

C:\Users\JD\Documents\Virtual Machines\01 Small Template, Windows 7 x64\01 Small Template, Windows 7 x64.vmx

#2 Find the network adapter section of the .vmx text file and add the following:

ethernet0.opromsize = "0"

(or adjust as approriate for your particular ethernetX adapter)

The applicable line that you need to add is highlighted

The applicable line that you need to add is highlighted

That is it, easy as pie! 🙂

Voila, no more trying to boot to the network! Not it is time to install an OS ;-)

Voila, no more trying to boot to the network! Not it is time to install an OS 😉

Thanks for visiting and I hope this helps if you find yourself in a similar situation… 🙂

More info:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1014906

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