RIPrep vs. Ghost

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2012-06-22

I know this question has been asked before, but I never seem to get any real answers.  What do people feel is the pros and cons of each?

I know ghost does multiple partitions and is very quick.  And I hear it now supports PXE which is definately nice.  But does it give you any more functionality?  If not, why do people use it over RIPrep?


Question by:adamdrayer
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    Accepted Solution

    RIPrep is free, Ghost isn't.

    "The wizard feature supports replication of a single partition (drive C only) installation. This means that the operating system and the applications included with the standard installation must reside on drive C before the wizard is run." with gost you can clone anything you desire.

    RIPrep is for Win only, Ghost clones almost any fs.

    Other info about RIPrep are here

    IMNSHO I strongly prefer Ghost: it cost some money, but are well wothy.
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    Expert Comment

    RIPRep is about Remote Installation.
    Ghost is about disk imaging (as a backup solution).

    In some cases these concepts overlap, but not always.  It's like comparing apples and oranges.

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    Author Comment

    Well I have Ghost 7, and have used it quite a bit.  Its fast and fairly easy.  I've just started using RIS and I like it too.  None of the problems that Gianluigi_Zanettini-MegaLab_it  stated really effect us.  But I did find one that would.  Suppossedly, if you image an installation on a drive that's 10GB, and then you install it on a drive that's 160GB, its going to make a 10GB system partiton.  Ghost will install the image on any size drive as long as there is room.

    IvanVillamizar, I would agree with you if we were talking about Remote OS Installation vs. Ghost, but I specifically mentioned RIPrep, which is Microsoft's Remote Installation of a disk image.  Technically Ghost's Multicast Server can be considered a remote installation of a disk image as well.  So They're basically the same thing.

    One thing that RIS does that I like, is SIS.  If you have lots of different images, you'll send a ton more of space with RIS than with Ghost.

    I also like some of the group policy control you can use with RIS, like Computer Naming Convention and setting permission.  With a well-designed RIPrep, users can re-image themselves with very little problem.


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