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How to create image of a network computer using Symantec Ghost?

Hello,
I am trying to create an image of about 10-15 computers in our network.
I just downloaded the Symantec Ghost Suite 2.5 trial version on my laptop.

what would be the best approach to get images of these computers?

Do I need to create ghost boot CD first?
thank you,
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Palmer_Admin
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Question - why use ghost?  You'd have to buy it.  Microsoft has free tools and a VERY comprehensive solution available in Windows Deployment Services (WDS), the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK), and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) - all are either free downloads OR included with Windows Server 2008 and later (WDS).

Keep in mind, you are not able to image OEM installs.  You can only build and deploy Windows system images using a Volume License media.  Attempting to do so with OEM installs would be violating Microsoft Licensing and we can't help with that (just FYI)
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Palmer_AdminAuthor Commented:
that was the first tool that came in my mind....

So I can't make an image of existing hp desktop? this pc was bought through CDW and it came with OS already.

I will check my Windows 2008 server for these tools
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You CAN make an image of it for BACKUP purposes.  But you CANNOT redeploy that image to other non-identical* machines  (If you bought 10 PCs all essentially the same but some had more RAM or faster processors but otherwise had the EXACT SAME motherboard model or were all "HP Pavillion XYZ 1105" PCs, then you could restore that backup image to all the machines - BUT - you are NOT permitted to customize the image.  Only the OS and apps on the machine at the time you unboxed it can be included in that backup image IF you intend to restore that image to other systems.

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Palmer_AdminAuthor Commented:
that is exactly what I am looking for. backup.
in case if I will be on vacation and the hard drive failes, I want to be able to insert a new hard drive and deploy that backup image
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Then there are plenty of products - my suggestion would be to use Windows Home Server which can backup up to 10 workstations and does so using a minimum of space.
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Palmer_AdminAuthor Commented:
thank a lot...what if I have more that 10 computers, can I use WDS?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You COULD, but it's not ideal as it doesn't do automated backups.  Home Server does. If you have more than 10, you can just get two home servers.  Or 3.  Or 4.

In general, though, you shouldn't be backing up the workstation.  In an efficient config, you only backup critical workstations, like those belonging to the CxOs - and all user data would reside on your server where the server is backed up.

You can also look at other imaging solutions for backup, but a centralized product makes management easier.
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Palmer_AdminAuthor Commented:
you are right, that makes more sense.

thanks a lot....

i will look into this Windows Home Server
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