Installing Windows 2012 R2 Intel 82574L Ethernet Drivers for Mac Pro Mid 2012

I recently picked up a Mac Pro 2012 from my employer when they were getting rid of some old hardware. This machine is still pretty good with a Quad Core Xeon running at 3.2 Ghz. It had 8 GB of RAM, but I had some extra RAM lying around, so I bumped it up to 14 GB. Next, I added an older 128 GB SSD and the machine was ready to rock. I am planning to using it as a personal web server, so I need to install windows server 2012 R2 on it. After some struggling I was able to install it in the SSD drive.

After installing windows and running the bootcamp driver installer the network adapters were still not being recognized. Both network adapters had a yellow exclamation mark in the Device Manager. I had no network connectivity.

I decided to use a USB-Network converter for the time being. This helped me download stuff directly from the MAC instead of copying files using a USB stick.

I knew that both the adapters were Intel(R) 82574L Gigabit Network Adapter (I had looked up hardware properties when it was booted into OSX mode). So I decided to manually run the \BootCamp5.1.5640\BootCamp\Drivers\Intel\IntelEthernetInstalled64.exe again. Still no luck. I decided to extract the contents of the IntelEthernetInstalled64.exe and manually install the driver.

1. Unzip the IntelEthernetInstalled64.exe to IntelEthernetInstaller64 folder
You should see a bunch of .cat, .din, .inf, .dll and .txt files in this folder.

2. In Device Manager right click on the problem network adapter and click on Update Driver. This should bring you to the Update Driver Software screen shown below where you can select how you want windows to search for the driver.


3. Next you need to click on the “Browse my computer for driver software”. This will take you to the next “Browse for driver software on your computer” step shown below.

4. Next click on “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer” option. This will take you to the “Select your device’s type from the list” step shown below.


5. Select Network adapters in the screen shown in the previous step and click Next. This will bring you to the “Select Network Adapter” step shown below.


6. Click on “Have Disk”. This will open a browse file modal. Locate the IntelEthernetInstaller64 folder from the 1st step and pick e1y62x64.inf file and click on open as shown below.

7. You should be back at the Select Network Adapter screen now with a list of Intel (R) Network Connections. Pick the “Intel(R) 82574L Gigabit Network Connection” from the list and click on Next.


8. Windows will start installing the driver software and if everything goes well you should see the success screen shown below

9. Do the above steps for the second network adapter if you need both adapters to work.

SSRS – The Application is not installed message in Visual Studio 2015

Every once in a while I get to dabble with SSRS. This time I needed to edit some SSRS reports in an SSRS project that a co-worker had added to our Visual Studio solution. When I opened the solution the SSRS project failed to load with the message “{ProjectName} Incompatible” “The application is not installed”.
TLDR: You need to install SQL Server Data Tools Preview in Visual Studio 2015 from here.


Apparently, I needed to install the Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio from here.

I ended up downloading the iso which is 171 MB. Running the SSDTSETUP.exe ran the installer and finished without any issues.

Reopening Visual Studio did not fix it :-(. I was still getting the same “The application is not installed project”. It turns out that the latest version of SQL Server Data Tools for Visual Studio 2015 does not have the BI template for visual studio and we will need to install the previous version of it from here.

Update:I tried the Microsoft SQL Server Data Tool – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2013 from here.
Still getting the same issue. FYI, there is no separate x64 version of the SSDT installer. You may get an error that says “Rule evaluation message: The CPU architecture of installing feature(s) is different than the instance specified. To continue, add features to this instance with the same architecture.”. You need to install SSDT-BI as a new instance instead of adding features to an existing instance. The error message is completely wrong but luckily we only do this kind of stuff rarely.


Still no luck. I am going to try the preview version of the SSDT Visual Studio 2015 tool.s

Update: Trying SQL Server Data Tools Preview in Visual Studio 2015 from here.


I needed to restart after the installation completed and voila it worked.