Easiest way to boot over network to Ghost Server?

I'm pretty sure PXE booting is the answer, but is a TFTP server required?

Basically want to be able to get to the ghost server without the use of a boot disk/CD.

Hit F12, choose Onboard NIC, retrieve a boot image with a universal network driver, and map a network drive.

Additionally, this does not have to be achieved remotely.  The main reason I'm looking into this is avoid having to use boot disks, get DOS drivers for numerous different machines, etc.

Any suggestions/introduction sites?

Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

I have struggled with this in the past and found that the best way is to boot of a FD/CD/USB Key. I use a Bootable USB key and you can download a single boot disk, that genuinely works for all NIC's i have tried, and according to the blurb, a lot more besides, from


Simply set up as per the instructions on the site and add the ghost.exe to the autoexec file and away you go.

If you want to fully automate it run ghost /? and use the appropiate switches, but remember that it will start very quickly and having the oppertunity to confirm that you want to blat the drive may be a good thing!


Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
sbrierlyAuthor Commented:
What a coincidence, today I figured I would check for a universal network boot disk, and came across that exact link, and have decided to use it(it's great and fast off a CD!), as this is for our backup solution, so a PXE setup may be overkill/too much work for something that is our backup.

Thanks for the response!
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Networking

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.