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Image Ghosting...Hints/Tips etc?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Revolate, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. Revolate

    Revolate Nibble Poster

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    Decided to do alot of pratical in my last two weeks, is there any specific techniques or best methods for image ghosting (Symantec Ghost) that I should be aware of? :D

    Hints/Tips appriciated.
     
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  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    You dont say which version you are using, but would say it is the same as most applications in the way that using them is the best way of learning.
    Most of the symantec interfaces are pretty good imo.

    Have fun!
     
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  3. Revolate

    Revolate Nibble Poster

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    Ahh i'll give it ago. I know it's quite an old version, I got told there was a few problems doing NTFS, best to do FAT when it comes to imageing? Not to sure... so I thought i'd ask. :D
     
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  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    I think there were issues with earlier versions of ghost with NTFS. I recall restoring some Toshiba laptops about 4-5 years ago whereby the restore would restore to FAT and then run a script to convert to NTFS.

    If it's for training purposes, why not download the latest version?
     
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  5. Revolate

    Revolate Nibble Poster

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    Yeah i'll give it a shot tomorrow as i've only had one go at it so far... doing a normal image with no TCP/IP then doing it across the network. :D
     
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  6. ITtech

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    You did not mention which exam you are studying for... ?
     
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  7. kevicho

    kevicho Gigabyte Poster

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    WDS is a good method (and free if you're on a windows 2003 network), I am looking into the Deployment workbench to see what that can do with reagards images when i get time!
     
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  8. nugget
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    Which version are you using? You mention it's quite old so it might be worth getting the latest version. A lot of the older versions (also with Acronis True Image) don't support SATA drives so you might have trouble with them. I've used the latest versions of both of them and they are vastly improved over the older vesions (as you'd expect).
     
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  9. EZE Training Instr

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    Nugget your right. Ghost is just a pain in the rear end now. Nothing SATA works unless you use a very old version of ghost (ironic I know). WDS is a good option. Drop me an email and I will send you the step by step document I prouced for the Server 2008 R2 course I wrote.

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  10. Revolate

    Revolate Nibble Poster

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    Ahh, I haven't done much with it lately, but i'm using the Symantec 8.2 version (Version 15 is out now). But i've just learnt the basics, now doing it through PXE and making a unique menu option and mapping it out from scratch so I can install a range of O/S's to any computer by pressing the awesome F12 key! :D which is quite tricky at first, i'm a noob though but i'm a noob that learns fast. :D
    As for the question on what exam i'm doing, i'm not, anyone can do exams these days imaging is highly valuble therefore learning something useful is better than passing an exam.
     
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  11. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    In that case don't play around with Ghost and the like, start playing around with WDS and MDT2010, it's far better to have some proper Enterprise Imaging experience than the likes of Ghost and Acronis, yes I know they are used in the Enterprise but in all honesty it's the use of MDT\WDS and SCCM that's more likely to get you hired than playing around with Ghost and Multicasting\PXE booting. Don't get me wrong, I have used Ghost since the Binary Research days rather than when Symantec bought them out but it's not really an Enterprise level solution.
     
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  12. Revolate

    Revolate Nibble Poster

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    Thanks, and i'll do all three if that is the case. :D
     
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