WinPE SCCM boot image or OSD task sequence failure due to bad NIC driver

Have you experienced a problem loading network drivers into your Windows PE boot image on SCCM, or does your SCCM OSD task fail partway during OS install?  Well, read on!

If you get an error like “Failed to inject a Config Mgr driver into the mounted WIM” or an 0x80070040 “Access Denied” during OSD installation, it is due to the fact that WinPE needs monolithic NIC drivers.  You can verify this if you pull up a command prompt in WinPE (if enabled) by pressing F8 and running an IP config or ping check.  You won’t be able to contact any other machines and/or you’re assigned a link-local address.  For possible fixes, see: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2010/02/09/nic-devices-that-require-a-special-driver-for-winpe-may-cause-a-configmgr-task-sequence-to-fail-if-a-vista-or-newer-os-is-being-deployed-via-an-operating-system-install-package.aspx

Note that if you load a multi-tiered driver at ANY TIME during the OS install before the machine does its first reboot, that driver will take over and cause the connection to fail.  To work around this, create two driver packages, one without the NIC driver, that is applied during the WinPE phase and another with the NIC driver only, to be applied after reboot.

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