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NT4 workstation with DOS boot partition for Ghost?

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I have a nice NT4 workstation that I want ghost to all my workstations. I can boot from a floppy and ghost from a network server, fine.

But instead of using a floppy all the time, I would like to be able to boot to a DOS partition, where Ghost would be run and connect to a Multicast server on the network.

Essentially I want to get rid of the Ghost floppy boot disk.

I guess I can install PowerQuest BootMagic on a small fat boot partition, and have an NTFT partition for NT4 and a 3rd fat partition for DOS. But I'm not sure of the licensing cost and thought that the NT bootloader could do it.

Any advice?
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I have a similar setup, only with W2K.

I use AEFDISK for switching partions. (www.aefdisk.com)
I lets you create partitions from DOS (command line)

If you create two partitions, one small dos and the normal one, you can hide the little dos one untill you need it.

You need one little floppy to reactivate the partition. And you then reboot and you've got your DOS partition with Ghost

Some examples:

Create a primary partition of 100 MB
aefdisk /pri:100:fat16:1

Create a primary partition with all (rest) space available
aefdisk /rel /pri:100:fat16:2

Set a partition active (bootable)
aefdisk /activate:1

Hide a partition
aefdisk /hidefat:1

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That doesn't really eliminate the floppy from the process, does it? Rather that using the boot ghost floppy, I'm using a boot aefdisk to switch partitions so I can run ghost etc. Sounds like an extra step.
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Yes, but Ghost runs faster from a harddisk.
And you're no longer limited to 1.44 MB.
And ... well, more reasons for using a HD.


But, check on the APIs for Windows.
They can alter your partitions.


Put up a dummy question in the Visual Basic or MFC area.
They will be able to answer that question.
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