When capturing a reference image using VMWare Workstation/Server your WinPE image needs the right nic driver to contact the Deployment Share.
Here is how to obtain and inject these vmware drivers into your WinPE boot image.
First download the drivers from VMWare (link updated Sept 2010). (PCnet Family network adapter, NDIS5 Driver)
Import them (I used \WinXP_SignedDriver\netamd.inf, pcntpci5.cat and PCNTPCI5.sys) into your deployment share:
Make sure drivers are injected into your WinPE images:
And rebuild the Deployment Share, to regenerate the WinPE boot images.
Last step: import the new WinPE boot images into your PXE boot server. (or rewrite your bootcd’s with the WinPE ISO file)