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May 25 2008   10:30AM GMT

[TLBAT] Ghosting computers without Symantec’s Ghost



Posted by: alessandro.panzetta
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At the moment whenever you talk to the IT you may hear “You have to ghost your computer” meaning that you have to create a snapshot image of your computer partitions and store it somewhere. But why people says that you have to ghost it? Because Norton (actually Symantec) Ghost is the leader in this technology but it has a small problem: it costs bucks and you have to spend some money in order to have a business like repository of computer images.

There are many reasons you may need to image computers: it may be for a huge rollout, for backup purposes or for any other reasons that leads you to have a centralized storage for images of the computers in your network.

Seen the spirit of this TLBAT (The Low Budget Admin Tools) section, I alwas prefer to apply opensource/freeware solutions, in this case I suggest you using the PING project (Partimage Is Not Ghost) that says it all: partition imaging is not strictly Ghost! This great tool can be either a bootable cd or a RIS (Remote Installation Services) tool that enables computers in your network to boot from cd/network and save or load an image of their computer to a centralized point.

Once again a great tool, for free and completelly integrable with your Windows environment, I hope someone is enjoying this TLBAT section, if please let me know your impressions through the comments on this blog area.

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  • Firedrake
    Hey, Good post.I've been looking for an answer to a problem I've been having w/my laptop.Well, the problem is my fault. I down loaded a bunch of freeware utilities and op's , and I mean a lot, and my system went into driver overload.I've been looking for a way to boot from USB but haven't yet found anything.The only other options I'm left w/are to pull the hard-drive and set it up as a secondary drive so i can pull the info from it or re-partition and lose all my data(30GB worth). Thanks for the ppost. I'll check it out. If you have any other ideas that might help me, I'd really appreciate it. I can be reached at bthomson@email.itt-tech.edu. Thanks----... Firedrake
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  • alessandro.panzetta
    Hello Firedrake, if you need to access your HD by booting with an external device, I strongly suggest you to use the [A href="http://www.ubcd4win.com/"]UBCD4WIN[/A] (Ultimate Boot CD For Windows) that enables you to boot with a diskless WindowsXP that can be used to access your hard drive, then you can select if to move your data to a network path or burn a cd/dvd. I hope this helps
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