How to Ghost an OS

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Can someone explain in simple terms to me the procedure for using Ghost Corp Ed. to copy an image up to a server and be able to pull that image back to other identicle pc's across a LAN?
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    Couldn't be any easier and faster than using Acronis Trueimage!


    Managing Disk Partitions Over the Network with Ghost Corporate Edition

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    You have to first create a Ghost Boot disk

    I normally create a drive mapping boot disk using the Ghost Boot Wizard.
    PS! Download the NDIS driver for the NIC of the workstation/laptop use you going to image.

    This disk will allow you boot via DOS, and then authenicate to the domain, and map a drive to a share on a server.

    EG: X:\Servername\ghost\images

    Once you have authenticated you then run the ghost.exe from the share location [normally contains all Ghost Program Files]
    Then you use Ghost to create an image of either the entire drive or a specific partition.

    Once that has completed successfully, you use the same procedure to pull down an image from the Server to a workstation/laptop that needs to be imaged.

    You can pull down the same image for multiple workstations/images at the same time.

    With Ghost corp Edt you have the option to distribute the image created to various machines based on MAC address, and various other methods. I prefer MAC address method, as only 1 NIC has 1 MAC, therefore eliminates deployment errors.

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    To create a network boot floppy :

    About Boot Disks :

    Do you want to use the Ghost Server ?
    Then run it and fill each fields.
    Load the computer with the Boot Disk.
    Choose Multicast (?) after booting.
    The .gho image will be created on the server.
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    You also need to replace the b44.dos with your NDIS driver from the Experts-Exchange's thread i give above.
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    Thank you!  I ended up using Trueimage and it works really well and fast.
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    :o)  I am glad that it worked out well for you!  I too had problems with ghost before, but after I discovered Acronis TrueImage I never looked back.

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