How do I use WinPE* 2.1 with VMware* virtual machines?
You must use Intel E1000 network card emulation instead of AMD pcnet network card emulation. See http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/tweaking-vmware-work-winpe-2x-and-microsoft-vista for instructions.
Excerpts from the link:
The following works for VMware WorkStation 5.5 and 6.0 and VMware Server 1.0+. By make the following alterations, WinPE 2.x will work seamlessly with network drivers.
This is right after the ethernet0.present = "TRUE".
Virtual machines with installed operating systems such as Microsoft Windows Vista or Microsoft Windows XP might have an issue with the drivers after this change. Change the network drivers and point to c:\windows\system32 for the drivers. Or download the latest e1000(Intel) driver.
VMWare ESXi 4.x