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Intel(R) PRO/100 Server Adapter and Desktop Adapter Supplemental Information
August 10, 2000

Browser-Viewable Online User's Guide

The PRO/100 adapter User's Guide is viewable with any recent web 
browser. You can view the guide by inserting the CD in your computer
and waiting for the Autorun menu to appear. Click the User's Guide
button on the Autorun screen. 

Another way to view the guide is to start the Windows Explorer, go to 
the \INFO folder on the Intel CD and double-click the file called 

If you do not have a browser installed, you can obtain one from:


To install the online User's Guide on your hard disk, view the Help 
file, GUIDE.HLP, in the root directory.

For hardware installation, a Quick Installation Guide is also available 
on the CD in the \Manuals folder, called PCI_GUIDE.PDF. This is the same 
printed document that is provided in the product box.

Installing PROSet II and Other Advanced Features

The Intel(R) CD includes an installation utility for installing
the following Advanced Features:

  - Intel(R) PROSet II
  - Desktop Management Interface 
  - Intel(R) PRO Network Adapters WMI Provider 
  - Intel(R) PRO Quality of Service WMI Provider 
  - Intel(R) Priority Packet II 
  - Intel(R) PRO/100 Mobile Modem Utilities
  - Intel(R) RDS Support

NOTE: The Intel PROSet II option does not appear in Windows NT 4.0,
      since it's automatically pre-installed when you install the
      adapter drivers.

      For Windows 95, only Intel(R) PROSet is available.

      The option "Intel(R) PRO/100 Mobile Modem Utilities" only
      appears if the installer detects a mobile adapter.

When you insert the Intel CD in the CD-ROM drive, the Intel Product
Information autorun screen appears.  Select the Install Advanced
Features button to start the installer.

Alternately, you can start the installer by double clicking the SETUP.EXE
file in the Setup folder on the Intel CD.

Server Adapter Teaming Features

Server adapters support advanced teaming features:

   Adapter Fault Tolerance (AFT)
   Adaptive Load Balancing (ALB)
   Fast EtherChannel* (FEC)

For more information on these teaming features and how to set up
teaming on specific adapters, see the Online User's Guide.

VLANS on PRO/100 Adapters

A VLAN is a logical grouping of network devices put together as a LAN 
regardless of their physical grouping or collision domains. VLANs let a user 
see and access only specified network segments. This optimizes network 
efficiency and maintains security access restrictions. VLANs require special 
switches that are capable of supporting VLANs. PRO/100 adapters support VLANs when attached to a VLAN-enabled switch. 

A VLAN offers you the ability to group users and client PCs together into 
logical workgroups, a critical consideration when connecting clients to 
servers that are geographically dispersed across the building, campus, or 
enterprise network.

Typically, VLANs consist of a common set of coworkers within the same 
department but in different locations, a cross-functional team working on a 
joint project, or a diverse set of users sharing the same network 
application. Joining workers across the network forms logical working groups.
By using VLANs on your network, you can:

  - Improve network performance
  - Limit broadcast storms
  - Improve adds, moves, and changes
  - Minimize security problems
  - Ease your management task

For overview information on Intel VLANs, visit the Intel Networking Web site:

For more specific information, read the white paper on VLANs:

Making Floppy Disks for NetWare and Windows Installation

If you need to use a floppy disk to install the adapter 
drivers, use the MAKEDISK.BAT utility located in the 
\MAKEDISK directory on this CD.

MAKEDISK [operating system] [destination]

where [operating system] is the OS for which you are creating the
diskette, and [destination] is the drive letter and path (such
as A:). If no destination is specified, the A: drive will be used.

The possible [operating system] options are:

NT    = Microsoft Windows NT
W2K   = Microsoft Windows* 2000
W9X   = Microsoft Windows* 95 and Windows 98 and Windows* ME
NW    = Novell NetWare servers and clients
DOS   = Microsoft DOS and IBM OS2
MODEM = Modem drivers for the PRO/100 Mobile Combo adapters
        for all Microsoft operating systems.

Make sure you have a 1.44 MB formatted, non-bootable diskette in
the floppy drive when using this utility.

NOTE: Due to size limitations, PROSet and other advanced features
      cannot be installed from the floppy disk.

NOTE: This utility MUST be run from the \MAKEDISK directory.

      Alternately, you can use the following .BAT files (located
      in the \MAKEDISK directory on this CD) to simplify this process:

      MAKEW9X.BAT -- Creates a drivers disk for Windows 95 and
                     Windows 98.

      MAKENT.BAT  -- Creates drivers disks for Windows NT.

      MAKEW2K.BAT -- Creates a drivers disk for Windows 2000.
      MAKENW.BAT  -- Creates a drivers disk for Novell NetWare
                     servers and clients.

Management Adapters

For more information on the Management adapters, see the 
MANAGEMENT Topic in the Online User's Guide.

DMI and SNMP Software Support

This adapter provides Desktop Management Interface 2.0 and SNMP
capability for your Management applications. Software for DMI and
SNMP is located in the \dmi-snmp directory on this CD. 

For DMI-SNMP information for NetWare, see the dminet.txt file in the 
\dmi-snmp\snmp\nwserver directory.

For DMI-SNMP information for Windows NT, see the dmiwin.txt file in the 
\dmi-snmp\snmp\win32 directory.

Push Installations

If you are a network administrator interested in unattended installation
of the adapter drivers (push installation), see the Online User's Guide.

Updating Software and Drivers in Windows 98

If you're using Windows 98 and have updated or added an adapter,
you may experience a problem with device driver update files not being
copied.  (This is a known problem, for which Microsoft has published a
Knowledge Base article, Q242150.)

To resolve this problem, perform the following:

1. Reboot the computer.

2. Remove the adapter via Device Manager and reboot the computer again.

3. When prompted for the adapter driver, choose the option "Display a
   list of all the drivers...".  Then choose the adapter from the list
   and click Have Disk to update the drivers from the Intel CD.

4. Reboot the computer.

Removing Adapter Drivers in Windows 98 and Windows 2000

If you use the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Windows Control Panel
to remove an Intel adapter, and then try to install drivers from a later
Intel CD, you may see a prompt asking for the following files:


This is because Windows is attempting to install the files associated
with the earlier driver, which are not present on the later Intel CD.

To resolve this problem, finish the installation and choose "Skip" when
prompted for a missing file.  Then, instead of removing the driver,
update it with the later Intel CD.

For instructions on updating the adapter driver, see the "Install the
Network Drivers" section in the online guide on the Intel CD.  (For
instructions on viewing the online guide, see the section
"Browser-Viewable Online User's Guide," earlier in this readme.

For instructions on installing PROSet II, see the section 
"Installing PROSet II and Other Advanced Features," earlier in this

Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) Applications and Windows 98

On Windows 98 operating systems you must carefully configure
client systems to allow remote access of Intel network adapters
WMI provider properties.

To do this, you will need to edit the Windows 98 registry to 
remotely access the adapters WMI provider properties on Windows 98
systems from Windows NT. 

Refer to the Readme.txt file in \WBEM\WMI\NIC or \WBEM\WMI\QOS on the
Intel CD.

Known Limitations and Compatibility Notes

This section contains a list of notes that are not documented in the
online guides or otherwise described.

Network Adapter Flash Memory Information Not Accessible

Normally Intel PROSet can read the flash memory of each Intel adapter in
your computer. This functionality will not be available if you install
any dual port adapter in the same computer, such as the Intel PRO/100 
Dual Port Server Adapter. The Boot Agent tab in PROSet will not be visible
when a dual port adapter is installed. There is no workaround for this 
condition at this time.

Windows Millennium Edition

If you plan to install a new Intel adapter in a computer while also installing 
Windows Me, see the special installation notes in the Online User's Guide. Go 
to the "Installing the Network Drivers" section and click the Windows Me link.

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How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

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