Ghost and Deploy Anywhere When Booting from Network
Posted on 2010-09-17
We have approximately 150 workstations running Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 in a Windows Server 2003-based Active Directory environment. We use Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 for deployment of images to machines. This is a school environment and in addition to imaging new machines, we typically wipe and re-image machines every couple of quarters.
We have several different types of machines in our environment, each of which requires different drivers and some of which require different HAL's. When we create a Ghost image, we use the Microsoft Sysprep tool to prepare it for duplication and to have it auto-install appropriate drivers for things like video, NIC, etc. However, for computers that required different HAL's, we have just been preparing separate images, which has been quite an annoyance.
I am currently investigating the use of Symantec's Deploy Anywhere tool to overcome that limitation and be able to deploy the same image across multiple hardware platforms. In the testing I have done so far, using a Ghost boot CD, the process has been successful.
However, our normal procedure is to Ghost machines by doing a PXE network boot, not using a boot CD. Thus far, I have been unable to figure out how to make a network boot image that includes the Deploy Anywhere driver database. Even if I check that option in the Ghost Boot Wizard when creating the image, the WINDRIVERS directory is always absent when I boot from the network boot image.
Can anyone tell me how to properly use Deploy Anywhere when using the network boot option rather than boot discs?