Intel NUC: Installing LAN Driver on Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2


So, I recently did a Red Team course given by HAK5 in beautiful NorCal (unfortunately it rained the entire time i was there 🙁 ).  It was a very cool course and i had a blast!  While there however, i saw Mubix was using a NUC to run his lab computers.  i was like… whaaa?? This is something that i have always wanted to do… a lab in your pocket!  so dope!

Coincidentally, i remembered that a good friend of mine had one of these and thought he may know where to get them cheaper than retail (he makes trips back and forth to China every 6 weeks or so).  Upon asking him, he said he had one he is not using (SWEET!), so i picked it up from him.

I was very excited to set it up, but had some tough decisions to make…  XEN, VMWARE, HyperV, Acropolis? I had no idea what i wanted to use.  Unfortunately i only have 8GB RAM, so Acropolis was out… also, XEN, VMWare and HyperV could not detect the USB NIC i had installed… grrrr.

I was getting a little frustrated after downloading, making a bootable USB, installing the OS and finding that there was no NIC on all of these.  I finally decided that since i am the strongest in windows, i would start there.  I installed Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and ignored the prompt that no network adapter was present in my computer.

I then looked online and found a beautiful article.

Intel NUC D54250WYKH: Installing LAN Driver on Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Beautiful because it worked following these few steps.

  1. i found the driver online and downloaded it
  2. i extracted the folder and found whrere the  sys, ini, cat and dll files were
  3. i copied the files to my usb and plugged it in to my NUC
  4. on my NUC (hyper-v server) I ran the following:
  • bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON
  • bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON

and Reboot the server shutdown /r /t 0

5. install the driver using pnputil –i –a D:\Driver_Folder\<driver>.ini

You should see something like this in the command prompt:

Processing inf : <driver>.inf

Successfully installed the driver on a device on the system.

Driver package added successfully…..

6. Switch the Driver Enforcement back on, run the following command

  • bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF
  • bcdedit /set nointegritychecks OFF
  1. Reboot your NUC Hyper-V server and you’re all set.