Dell XPS 11 imaged successfully via USB NIC
Dell XPS 11 (2x USB3.0 ports and wifi - no onboard LAN) just imaged successfully with a LAN7500 USB NIC. I tried all sorts of NIC without success, both with the BIOS, UEFI and various ROM-o-MATIC USB configurations. In the end a good old USB2 startech USB21000S2 worked from the BIOS (legacy) without issue. I didn’t try via UEFI.
Inventory was OK. Imaging windows 10 dropped twice but picked up again (“kevent 2 may have been dropped”).
Posting just in case others are trying to handpick USB NIC
You have found the problem with these ethernet cable less devices running in uefi mode. If uefi mode is enabled you MUST run a supported usb3 network interface (usb to ethernet) to get then to pxe boot. The uefi firmware is more like a linux kernel than what bios was. Your uefi firmware must have a driver for the network interface built in or no pxe boot will happen. Dell does have a supported network interface for pxe booting those XPS systems.
We have a
hackto get other network interfaces to pxe boot in uefi mode. This involves using a usb boot image to kick start the process which does away with the firmware pxe booting.