VMware Vsphere: Fix hidden NIC devices after P2V conversion of Windows servers
After a physical conversion a number of “stale devices” will exist in the new virtual machine. These are hardware devices which are no longer required.
Windows 2000 & 2003
To identify which devices are no longer physically installed on your virtual machine, use the Microsoft environment variable devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices. This is explained in the Microsoft article:
1. From the command prompt, type:
set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices = 1
2. Start the search. Type:
3. From the Device Manager, list the devices.
Select: View > Show hidden devices.
4. Deinstall the listed devices:
Select the device and uninstall it from the Device Manager.