How to update Realtek NIC drivers during Bare Metal Restore
During a Bare Metal Restore, the NIC drivers for the Realtek family of network cards may need to be manually updated using the XP/Windows Server 2003 driver. The Windows Home Server restore CD will indicate the "inbox" driver for the restore CD is present; however, this driver may not work and there will be no network connectivity. The solution is to download the drivers from the Realtek site and install them during Bare Metal Restore using a USB key outlined in the process below.
Note: Passively placing the drivers on the key will not work as the existing drivers are already loaded. You must follow the steps below.
1.Download network driver from the Realtek Website: