Adding a 10Gb NIC to a FRED Workstation

Written By:
Jim Woodring
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Here's a checklist for adding a 10Gb NIC to your FRED Workstation for systems without the driver (pre-2018):

1. Hyper-V Manager (if installed)
    a. Select the host system in the left pane
    b. Select “Virtual Switch Manger”
    c. Select “Default Virtual Switch”
    d. Update Connection Type to "Internal Network"
2. Install the NIC
    a. Shutdown and physically install the new NIC
    b. StartUp – Press “DEL” to update the BIOS
    c. Disable the motherboard NICs – typically under “Advanced Features”
    d. Restart and confirm that the NIC is present in Device Manager

3. If the NIC is not present, the driver must be loaded:
    a. Copy the Intel ProSet64 driver from APPS\Drivers\Intel to a local drive (or download it via
    b. Add or Remove Programs - Remove “Intel Network Connections” utility
    c. Install the new NIC Driver
    d. Do not install advanced features
4. Go to "Settings", search for and run the "Network Reset"

5. F10 to save and restart

6. Hyper-V Manager (revert previous changes if needed)
    a. Update Connection Type to "External Network"
    b. Select “…Converged Adapter…” in drop-down

If you are in a FREDC environment:
    a. Run FCCInstall (version 1.82 or later) – don’t select any Optional Software
    b. Document new MAC Address and confirm the system name
    c. Update YAST – DHCP record for the host
    d. IPCONFIG release and renew to confirm correct DHCP config
    e. Update your Network Documentation

Otherwise, enable Jumbo Packet = ~9000 and set Interrupt Moderation Rate to "Low" in Adapter Properties as shown below:

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