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Acronis VS Ghost

Discussion in 'Software' started by wagnerk, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi all,

    Got a question for all of you, we're currently using Ghost Solutions Suite v1. This year, we're updating our imagining and cloning software to either:

    Ghost Solutions suite v2.5 or
    Acronis (either True image echo or Snap Deploy)

    We have 550 PC's/Laptops and more coming this summer.

    We have tried Acronis, but the home software side and it's very hard to gauge normal day to day use with either the home software or a limited trial.

    So my question to you is which one is better? eg when deploying images across the network, bandwith, backing up, etc...

    -Ken
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    I use Acronis True Image at home for basic imaging and backups.

    I would go for ghost for your work if I were you as it seems to do it well enough. We use it at work.
     
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  3. billyr

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    Acronis with its Universal restore gets a big thumbs up from me.
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Thanks guys, any particular reason?

    -Ken
     
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    Hi Ken, the desktop guys in our place use Ghost because you can just walk away from it with minimal interaction, Jimbo
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    Hi Mate,

    What version of Ghost are they using? As we're currently using GSS v1, we were wondering about any enhancements that were worth while, as we're wondering about either upgrading or moving...

    -Ken
     
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  7. Gingerdave

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    We are still using one of the older versions of ghost combines with a batch file on a cd to run the instructions, it seems to do for us.

    I have used ghost in a couple of pots and it has alwatys done the job for me. So I suppose the question is why are you wantint to upgrade, what do you want the new solution to achieve that the old one doesn't?
     
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  8. onoski

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    I recently asked my boss to order our department Ghost solution enterprise v2.5 and installed it on a windows server 2003 server. I also created a multicast ghost server and attached to a Cisco switch with 1GB port connection.

    We get an HP DC7800 and DC7900 desktop imaged and prepared for the network in under 20 minutes. Time to ask my boss for a pay rise:),

    I am impressed about the simplicity and plus lets you create cloned PC images on dvd etc. Thumbs up, as I got 55 HP laptops model 6730b done in under just a little over two weeks. I'd go for Ghost:)
     
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  9. greenbrucelee
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    I think Acronis is easier to use but at work we have ghost and it seem robust enough.
     
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  10. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Support for Vista/Win 7. Ease of use. Smarter/better use of bandwidth.

    Plus whatever else is new that I don't know about that will make IT Services' life better.

    -ken
     
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  11. Theprof

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    I personally had my boss purchage GSS v2.5. I find it pretty easy to use, there are plenty manual's online, support is okay, not the best, but after all I find most of the info I need on the internet.

    What I like about ghost is that I can ghost computers in remote offices. Of course that depends on how you have your routing in the company setup. I have a ghost console and inventory of all computers, they're specs, etc... you can create scheduled jobs for after work hours. It has a lot of neat features as well like the sysprep integration, etc... I am sure Acronis has some similar features but I've always been a GSS fan.
     
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