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How do I ghost one machine to another via ethernet

I have purchased Symantec Ghost 12.0.  About 5 years ago I used to work at a company and I basically built servers and ghosted machines all day.  

All I want to do is to copy one desktop to another via TCP/IP.  I have created the network boot disk.  I boot to DOS and Ghost opens.

Is it possible from there to have one machine copy itself to another without creating an image to store of the local disk of the master machine?  (P.S. the machines are the same.)  I basically want image the other machines harddrive on the fly.  I don't have a server nor enough space on the local machine to create the image.

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JOe K.  
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Ghost 12 is a on-line hot-imaging product, not DOS based.  It runs on Windows XP or Vista.  Also, you must have a license for EACH pc you use it on.

You can create a backup-image of a partition and store that backup-image (it's a file) on a local, USB2, etc or network location.  I prefer a USB2 external hard drive, which is quite fast.  I have created backup-images on local network location as well, but of course it's slower over tcpip.

Ghost 12 is not meant to be a tool to transfer an image from (for example) laptop A to laptop B.  It's to create a backup of the current pc in case of a hard drive failure.  Taking a hard drive from laptop/desktop A and placing it in laptop/desktop B creates all kinds of Windows XP problems, which as a minimum usually require a XP repair install.
To restore after a hard drive failure, you put a new hard drive in the desktop pc, boot from the Ghost 12 emergency recovery cd, point to the external usb2 hard drive or network folder etc and restore.  Very simple, takes less than 30 minutes.
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I have ghost 9.0 as well.  I got 5 12.0 licenses because I thought I would be able to simply copy one drive to another via dos with TCP/IP.

Is it possible to do this with ghost 9.0?
I don't think so.  The Ghost 9/10/12 "copy drive" function is always described as copying/cloning from one internal ide to another internal ide drive or sata.

ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/products/ghost/9.0/manuals/userguide.pdf

ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/products/ghost/12/manuals/ngh_12_user_guide.pdf

Are you looking for an enterprise solution, such as Ghost Solution Suite 2.0 or Symantec Backup Exec?  Those products are designed to be used in an enterprise, and managed (and deployed) from a central server.

The Ghost products (9/10/12/14) are consumer products.  But honestly, "cloning" is designed as a one-time use, normally for replacing a hard drive with a larger one.  Creating backup image files is much better because you can have multiple generations and it is only creating a compressed file of used space on the partition.
>> All I want to do is to copy one desktop to another via TCP/IP.

Boot from the Ghost emergency recovery cd (which also starts up the network) and restore your backup-image-file via tcpip location.
First of all,

Thank you for your help on this.  I'm a total rookie.

I am creating an image right now via the PC Dos prompt of one machine.  

The other machine I want to boot to PC Dos, so I don't have to install windows just top overwrite it again.  

lets say the image is on 192.168.1.115 on the D: drive

How would I get the 192.168.1.112 to get the image off 115.  I have gotten them to communicate via master and slave.  

Thanks,
JOe K.
>> I am creating an image right now via the PC Dos prompt of one machine.  

How are you doing that?  Ghost 9/12 don't have a DOS function to create images from, as far as I've ever seen.

when you boot from the Ghost 9/12 emergency recovery cd, it starts up a Windows PE environment, much like when you boot XP from the XP install cd.  You would then "browse" the local network for other pc's.  I think you can probably also key in the ip address.  The other pc (115) has to have a valid network address and tcpip stack and protocol.

Normally if you are storing the image on a network share, the network share will be visible from the boot cd.
>>How are you doing that?  Ghost 9/12 don't have a DOS function to create images from, as far as I've ever seen.

There was an option to create a boot cd.  The dos enviroment ghost looks just like the one I used to use.
OK.  That's the same as the emergency recovery cd.

I assume now that you're using the Ghost 9 program, right?

There's no "create image" that I know of from the cd with Ghost 12.  The create with Ghost 9 is part of a function of the old Ghost 2003 program I believe.  If you're using that one, then you have to start Ghost 2003 from DOS (or use the Ghost 9 cd) and restore that way.  

I'm not as familiar with Ghost 2003 (after all it is 5 years old at this point.)
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