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Post P2V NIC removal

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When doing a P2V and the server has to have a static IP address after the migration, then you may recieve an error message stating that there’s an IP conflict and the ip is already configured on an existing NIC – even though only one VMware NIC is visible in network connections.

The reason is that the physical NICs have not been entirely uninstalled in Windows, they still exist in the device manager as hidden devices. Do the following to uninstall the hidden NICs:

Open a command prompt and type the following commands:

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

Click ‘View’ and then click ‘Show Hidden Devices’.
Expand the Network Adapters tree and right click the dimmed network adapter and click ‘Uninstall’ (You may also see a hidden RSA device under NICs. This cannot be uninstalled. However, it doesn’t matter as it doesn’t influence the NIC issue, so just leave it).

Now you can configure the static IP with no errors.


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