Ubuntu 18.04 add e1000e Intel driver to dkms

e1000e is an Intel NIC driver which often needs to be updated on servers so that the NIC can operate trouble free.

Note: I assume you have DKMS and the necessary kernel headers to compile the drivers already installed. If not use apt / apt-get to install the same.

Here’s a quick guide on how to add the Intel e1000e driver to DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support) so that it gets installed / uninstalled automatically with future kernel updates and removals.

Download the driver from Intel website https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/15817

As of my writing this article, the e1000e version is 3.4.2.1. On download the tarball I get e1000e-3.4.2.1.tar.gz.

Extract it to /usr/src:

Create a dkms.conf in /usr/src/e1000e-3.4.2.1 with following contents:

Next, we have to tell DKMS that such a module has been added and build it for each of the kernels we have on the system:

Finally, reboot the system and the new module should be live.

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