Enable the Intel 82579V NIC

Enable the Intel 82579V NIC in Windows Server 2012

After installing Windows Server 2012 on my server, the on-board Intel 82579V Gigabit NIC on the Asus motherboard was not working. On the Asus site I found Windows 8 Intel drivers for the motherboard. After installing the drivers the NIC was still not working. To get the  Intel 82579V NIC working in Windows Server 2012.

Here are the steps:

  • To be able to modify the drivers you need to run the the following commands:
bcdedit -set loadoptions DISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS 
bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING ON
  • Reboot
  • Download the Intel drivers. In my case I used the Intel drivers Asus has available for the Asus P9X79 motherboard
  • Save them to a map and extract them if needed
  • Open the folder PRO1000
  • Open the folder Winx64
  • Open the folder NDIS63
  • Open the e1c63x64.inf file, I used Notepad++  to edit the file
  • In the [ControlFlags] section delete the 3 lines (1)
  • Select and copy the five %E1503 lines (2)
  • Paste the 5 lines in the [Intel.NTamd64.6.2] section below the %1502NC lines

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  • After the modifications the e1c63x64.inf file must look like this:

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  • Save the file
  • Install the Intel drivers

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  • After the installation the Intel 82579V Gigabit NIC is recognized and enabled

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  • Enable the driver integrity checks and disable test signing again by using the following commands:
bcdedit -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit -set TESTSIGNING OFF
  • Reboot

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