I have a Windows 2003 SBS SP1 box on a Dell PE750. As a disaster recovery trial I decided to try and recover it to a Dell PE1950 which obviously has different hardware. The PE750 has “Intel Pro/1000 CT” nics and the PE1950 has “Broadcom NetXtreme II GigE” Nics not to mention different RAID controllers.
Backups are done via Veritas Backup Exec 9.1 for SBS. So I followed the restore procedure from Veritas (Doc ID: 243037).
I ran into problems after I restored the OS (System State) to the new hardware.
After restoring the backup from the PE750 to the PE1950. The Broadcom nics worked but kept being re-detected evey reboot. Every time the add hardware wizard was run to re-install the drivers the error was “Fatal Error During Installation”.
The Cause (I think):
Incorrect version of C:\windows\system32\drivers\wdf01000.sys not allowing the install to run.
The remedy was to boot to safe mode with networking, rename the wdf01000.sys file, and then from device manager update the drivers using the driver files that dell copies to c:\drivers\R166055
There are some trouble-shooting steps here http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/Driver/tips/KMDF_install.mspx which explains where to look. I used notepad to open C:\Windows\wdf01005inst.log and found the error message “FileVersion of C:\windows\system32\drivers\wdf01000.sys is greater than 1.5.5600.0”.