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[params.adapter_instance] (Sysprep)

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

[params.adapter instance]

The [params.adapter instance] section contains entries for specifying an adapter’s instance on a computer by using either PCI location information or a Plug and Play device ID.

The PCI location information comprises three entries: PCIBusNumber, PCIDeviceNumber, and PCIFunctionNumber. If you are using PCI location information to specify an adapter, you must use all of these entries to ensure that Setup applies all of the networking settings based on the PCI location. However, adding devices after Setup installs the operating system can cause bus numbers to change. As a result, the answer file might not work properly on every destination computer. In addition, if your destination computers have different adapters (that is, adapters with different Plug and Play IDs), you can specify the adapters by using the explicit Plug and Play IDs of each adapter instead of the PCI location information.

Answer File Entries for the [ params.adapter instance ] Section

 

Entry Description

ConnectionName

Specifies the name for the network connection associated with the network adapter to install.

DMA

Specifies the direct memory access (DMA) channel setting of a network adapter.

DoNotDetectLegacyCards

Specifies legacy (non-Plug and Play) adapters that Setup can ignore when trying to detect the network adapters on a computer.

InfID

Identifies a network adapter with a value that is the same as the adapter’s Plug and Play ID.

IOAddr

Specifies the I/O address (hexadecimal number) of a network adapter.

IRQ

Specifies the interrupt number setting of a network adapter.

MEM

Specifies the memory base address setting of a network adapter.

NetCardAddress

Specifies the media access control address for the network adapter being configured.

PCIBusNumber

Indicates the PCI bus on which the network card resides.

PCIDeviceNumber

Indicates the PCI device number for the network card and approximately relates to the particular slot number in which the network card resides on the given PCI bus.

PCIFunctionNumber

Defines which function on the card provides the networking function.

ConnectionName

Specifies the name for the network connection associated with the network adapter to install.

Syntax

                ConnectionName = 
                network_connection_name
              

 

Value Description

network_connection_name

Network connection name.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
ConnectionName = "Corporate Network"
Comments

If you do not specify this entry or its value is empty, use the default connection name of “Local Area Connection” for the first enumerated network adapter and “Local Area Connection x” for subsequent adapters where x starts from 2.

DMA

Specifies the direct memory access (DMA) channel setting of a network adapter.

Syntax

                DMA = 
                DMA_channel_number
              

 

Value Description

DMA_channel_number

DMA channel number.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
DMA = 1
Comments

None.

DoNotDetectLegacyCards

Specifies legacy (non-Plug and Play) adapters that Setup can ignore when trying to detect the network adapters on a computer.

Syntax

                DoNotDetectLegacyCards = 
                InfID[, InfID, ]

 

Value Description

InfID

Inf ID.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
DoNotDetectLegacyCards = *PNP030b,*PNP8132
Comments

Setup does not detect or install the network adapters specified by this entry.

This entry does not prevent Setup from enumerating and installing Plug and Play adapters.

Note

  • The remaining entries in this section are optional and are meaningful only for non-Plug and Play adapters that require you to explicitly specify resources.

InfID

Identifies a network adapter with a value that is the same as the adapter’s Plug and Play ID.

Syntax

                InfID = 
                PnP_ID_of_adapter
              

 

Value Description

PnP_ID_of_adapter

Plug and Play ID.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
InfID = *PNP030b
Comments

If you use the entry InfID = *, Setup matches the first enumerated or detected network adapter on the computer with the settings in this section. Therefore, on a computer with a single network card, you can specify adapter-specific entries without knowing the name or type of the network adapter.

For computers with more than one network adapter, you must specify the correct Plug and Play ID of each adapter. For computers with multiple adapters of the same type (that is, the Plug and Play ID for each is the same), you must specify the NetCardAddress or PCI location information. If you do not specify the NetCardAddress or PCI location, only the first adapter enumerated or detected that matches the InfID receives the answer file entries.

If you specify the NetCardAddress or PCI location, Setup does not use this entry because it is the least specific entry.

IOAddr

Specifies the I/O address (hexadecimal number) of a network adapter.

Syntax

                IOAddr = 
                numeric_IO_address
              

 

Value Description

numeric_IO_address

I/O address.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
IOAddr = 330
Comments

None.

IRQ

Specifies the interrupt number setting of a network adapter.

Syntax

                IRQ = 
                IRQ_number
              

 

Value Description

IRQ_number

IRQ number.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
IRQ = 5
Comments

None.

MEM

Specifies the memory base address setting of a network adapter.

Syntax

                MEM = 
                memory_range
              

 

Value Description

memory_range

Memory address.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
MEM = 0xC123456
Comments

None.

NetCardAddress

Specifies the media access control address for the network adapter being configured.

Syntax

                NetCardAddress = 
                network_card_MAC_address
              

 

Value Description

network_card_MAC_address

MAC address.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
NetCardAddress = 0x123456789AB
Comments

This entry is required when you install multiple network cards of the same type (with the same Plug and Play ID) on a computer and apply nondefault entries to the adapters.

This entry is not required for PCI adapters if you specify the PCI location information by using the PCIBusNumber, PCIDeviceNumber, and PCIFunctionNumber entries.

PCIBusNumber

Indicates the PCI bus on which the network card resides.

Syntax

                PCIBusNumber = 
                PCI_bus_number_of_adapter
              

 

Value Description

PCI_bus_number_of_adapter

PCI bus number.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
PCIBusNumber = 0
PCIDeviceNumber = 11
PCIFunctionNumber = 0
Comments

This entry is one of the three required entries to specify the PCI location information for the network adapter. You must also specify PCIDeviceNumber and PCIFunctionNumber.

You must specify these PCI location entries if:

  1. You do not specify NetCardAddress.

  2. You install multiple network cards of the same type (with the same Plug and Play ID) on a computer.

  3. You need to apply nondefault entries to the adapter.

If you specify NetCardAddress, Setup does not use the PCIBusNumber, PCIDeviceNumber, and PCIFunctionNumber entries because NetCardAddress provides more specific information than the PCI location information.

PCIDeviceNumber

Indicates the PCI device number for the network card and approximately relates to the particular slot number in which the network card resides on the given PCI bus.

Syntax

                PCIDeviceNumber = 
                PCI_device_number_of_adapter
              

 

Value Description

PCI_device_number_of_adapter

PCI device number.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
PCIBusNumber = 0
PCIDeviceNumber = 11
PCIFunctionNumber = 0
Comments

This entry is one of the three required entries to specify the PCI location information for the network adapter. You must also specify PCIBusNumber and PCIFunctionNumber.

You must specify these PCI location entries if:

  1. You do not specify NetCardAddress.

  2. You install multiple network cards of the same type (with the same Plug and Play ID) on a computer.

  3. You need to apply nondefault entries to the adapter.

If you specify NetCardAddress, Setup does not use the PCIBusNumber, PCIDeviceNumber, and PCIFunctionNumber entries because NetCardAddress provides more specific information than these three entries used for the PCI location information.

PCIFunctionNumber

Defines which function on the card provides the networking function.

Syntax

                PCIFunctionNumber = 
                PCI_function_number_of_adapter
              

 

Value Description

PCI_function_number_of_adapter

PCI function number.

Example
[params.adapter instance]
PCIBusNumber = 0
PCIDeviceNumber = 11
PCIFunctionNumber = 0
Comments

This entry is useful if there is a combination modem/network card. The function number begins with 0.

This entry is one of the three required entries to specify the PCI location information for the network adapter. You must also specify PCIBusNumber and PCIDeviceNumber.

You must specify these PCI location entries if:

  1. You do not specify NetCardAddress.

  2. You install multiple network cards of the same type (with the same Plug and Play ID) on a computer.

  3. You need to apply nondefault entries to the adapter.

If you specify NetCardAddress, Setup does not use the PCIBusNumber, PCIDeviceNumber, and PCIFunctionNumber entries because NetCardAddress provides more specific information than the PCI location information.

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