LAN over USB Windows Driver Installation

Use this information to install the LAN over USB driver for Windows.

When you install Windows, there will be an unknown RNDIS device in the device manager. IBM provides a Windows INF file that identifies this device. The signed version of the INF is included in all of the Windows versions of the IMM2, UEFI, and DSA update packages. Perform the following steps to install ibm_rndis_server_os.inf.
Note: These steps only need to be performed if the server is running a Windows operating system and the ibm_rndis_server_os.inf file has not been previously installed. The file needs to be installed only once. It is required by Windows operating systems to detect and use the LAN over USB functionality.
  1. Obtain a Windows version of the IMM2, server firmware, and DSA update package (see Updating firmware and device drivers for more information).
  2. Extract the ibm_rndis_server_os.inf and files from the firmware update package and copy them to the \WINDOWS\inf subdirectory.
  3. Go to Computer Management, then Device Manager and find the RNDIS Device. Select Properties > Driver > Reinstall driver. Point the server to the \Windows\inf directory where it can find the ibm_rndis_server_os.inf file and install the device.
  4. Go to Computer Management then Device Manager and right-click on Network adapters and select Scan for hardware changes. A small pop-up confirms that the Ethernet device is found and installed. The New Hardware Wizard starts automatically.
  5. When you are prompted with the question, “Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?", select No, not this time. Click Next to continue.
  6. When you are prompted with the question, "What do you want the wizard to do?", select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced). Click Next to continue.
  7. When you are prompted with the statement, "Please choose your search and installation options", select Don't search. I will choose the driver to install. Click Next to continue.
  8. When you are prompted with the statement, "Select a hardware type, and then click Next", select Network adapters. Click Next to continue.
  9. You are prompted with the statement, "Completing the Found New Hardware Wizard". Click Finish.
    Note: A new local area connection appears and might state, "This connection has limited or no connectivity". Ignore this message.
  10. Go back to the Device Manager. IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device appears under Network Adapters.
  11. Open a command prompt, type ipconfig, and press Enter. The local area connection for the IBM USB RNDIS appears with an IP address in the range of with a subnet mask set to