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Ghost ver. 7.5 guru needed.

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Symantic Ghost version 7.5

Can somebody write out some simple intructions on how to use this product?  Here is what I want to be able to do:

1.   install the product on one of our servers

2.  make an image of some of our workstation configs and servers. Image up to server and store there.

3.  bring down images to computers

Pretty simple.  I've got just a few hours to learn this and rather than spending all day reading thick manuels, I thought someone could just write out the steps I need to take to make this happen.  Kind of like a guide I can use. It's worth 500pts.
Please make it as simple as possible.  
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Question by:Lakefront
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by:FatherErvin
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Why don't you use RIS? It works VERY well.
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by:Lakefront
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Unfortunately we don't have Active Directory yet. Were still on old NT PDC and BDC.
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by:Lakefront
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Is it me or is "Ghost 7.5" with the Console one of the WORST products ever created?  Since nobody has responded to my initial post i'm trying to figure this thing out.

How do you simply ghost a machine? image it to the network?  Image Dump? When I try I get this Warning message stating "There are machines in the task that may use the Virtual Partition but do not have a valid template selected" Ok so I go to page 25 of this crappy manual and it says "the virtual partition is created on a computer once the Console client is installed AND a task that requires a restart in DOS is run.  Of course I don't know what that second part means and nowhere do they explain it.  I did install the Console Client. ??

This product sucks.
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by:Lucret
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You need ghost.exe executable on a network drive. Then you need to boot from a floppy disk with network drivers and browse to ghost.exe then launch and either ghost up to server or pull down an image.

 
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by:Lakefront
ID: 12200700

Where do I get the Ghost.exe?
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by:etracsupport
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I've never used ghost corp 7.5
but i use 8.0, if it has ghostcast like 8 look here

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21151528.html

works great i do it all the time to laptops, servers, desktops, exotic builds that are impossible to find drivers for
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by:huntersvcs
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I am using Ghost 7.5 from the console.  I have a small classroom with 6 PC's that we need to reimage constantly.  Thank GOD for the console.  It takes about 15 to 20 minutes and we are done.  The images are stored on the server.  We start the console and prepare it to broadcast.  We then have pre-configured boot disks that we use to boot each of the Workstations and annouce to the console that they are ready to receive.  From the console we can see each workstation as they logon.  When all are listed we simply BROADCAST.  The hard part wasn't setting up the Ghost console (that, for us, was the easy part).  The Boot disks were harder (for us) but we got it down pat in about a day.  The important part is the command sequence in the autoexec.bat and getting the network drivers logged on to the net!
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by:Lakefront
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Ok I made a ghost boot disk. it boots to network fine then automatically launces ghost.exe. Can someone tell me the simple steps, using ghost.exe, no how to ghost the computer to the network. I can't find it in this manual.  Thanks!
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by:huntersvcs
ID: 12239168
Set up a network path, for example to DRIVE G:

net use g: \\yourserver\yourpartition

(not sure about user name / password - can give you that tomorrow)

Once you have a drive letter mapped, Ghost will see it as a possible location to: (a) store images to or (b) load images from.  Sometimes it's easier to include this in your boot routine, but you need net.exe as well.

If you want to use the Ghost console, see my last comments under:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21151528.html#12238241

Hope this is what you're looking for.  If not, just ask!  I'll be back in tomorrow.

Rick
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by:Lakefront
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Rick,

Where do I setup the network path?  
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by:huntersvcs
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In a DOS window. Just use the "net use" command.  If it says it can't understand, then type net /?  If it still can't find it, copy the net.exe to the floppy and try it again.
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by:Lakefront
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huntersvcs: Thanks for all your help so far.

here's my progress:

1. i sucessfully created a network boot disk
2. ran ghost.exe from a seperate floppy
3. ghosted a computer to the network.

now i've blown away the partition from this computer. i'm trying to bring the image back down to see if it works. It's a 4gig drive.  When i imaged it up to the network it had win NT on it.  when trying to bring the image down i'm getting an error saying "internal consistency", "target partition is too small to contain the source partition".  I've tried a few things and keep getting the same message. (win 98 disk, fdisk, 2 gig partiton, no partition, 4 gig partition) what am i doing wrong?

Also, can i just Ghost all my servers and computer this way? That is use a network boot floppy, ghost.exe from prompt?  What do I need and use the "console" for?  How does that come into play?

Do you want the points now or later?
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by:huntersvcs
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First, the problem:  How to get the image back!  You had two options when you made the image - partition->image and disk->image.  Which one did you use?  If you selected disk->image, then try starting by reversing the process to see if this helps.  If not, then select partition<-image.  Ghost will let you select which partition you want to retrieve.  A rule for the future:  never delete your source before you are absolutely 100% sure your image is retrievable!  Let me know if this helped.  You might also try using a larger HDD if you've got one.

To answer your question, YES, you can ghost to and from your other computers this way.  The console (sorry, I mean the SYMANTEC GHOST MULTICAST SERVER) allows you to broadcast images to several computers at the same time.  For example, I have a small classroom with 6 identical (hardware) computers in it.  I start the console, put in the name of the session to be broadcasted (has to be identical on the boot disks).  Then I just browse for the correct image.  Once this is done I just hit ACCEPT CLIENTS.  The server is then in standby mode.  As I boot each of my classroom computers with their disks, they appear in the "logged in" window on the server.  When they all are there hit SEND.  Takes about 10 minutes and I've got 6 fresh computers!

Hope this helps.
Rick
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by:Lakefront
ID: 12281514
can you address this part of my question? Thanks!

> when trying to bring the image down i'm getting an error saying "internal >consistency", "target partition is too small to contain the source partition".  I've tried a >few things and keep getting the same message. (win 98 disk, fdisk, 2 gig partiton, no >partition, 4 gig partition) what am i doing wrong?
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by:huntersvcs
ID: 12284934
Sounds like your MBR was out of whack before you made the image - or - the size Ghost THINKS you need to restore the image is larger than what the HDD is now telling Ghost is available.  I asked before:  did you make an image of the partition or the disk???  Are you trying to restore PARTITION or DISK???

Set up a single partition, format FAT32, and attempt to restore the PARTITION image.  If that doesn't work, try using another HDD.  Have you checked the image to see if it's OK?
Two possibilities:  One is in the DOS level (integrity check) and the other is to attempt to open in image in the Windows level using Ghost Explorer.
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by:Lakefront
ID: 12287964
>did you make an image of the partition or the disk???

partition


 >Are you trying to restore PARTITION or DISK???

partition

What is the difference? should i use disk instead?
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by:Lakefront
ID: 12291694
I tried using "disk" instead of partition. that worked.
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by:huntersvcs
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Do you intend to select an ACCEPTED ANSWER?  I've seen no further comments since mid-October.  Do you still need help?  I took it for granted from you last comment that your problem had been solved.
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by:huntersvcs
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Points Lakefront ?!
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by:huntersvcs
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Points Lakefront ?!

My comment:  "If you selected disk->image, then try starting by reversing the process to see if this helps."  Your comment later:  "I tried using "disk" instead of partition. that worked."
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