My department uses Symantec Ghost 8.0 to remotely Image client computers.
The console is on our domain controller, and each computer needs a client installed. The client is transparent to the user, the only way to see it is to go to add/remove programs.
Install the Ghost Client on the Computer to Image
- Log into the client machine as Administrator
- Put the Ghost 8.0 disk in the client machine
- Click ‘Install Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition’
- Click ‘Install Console Client’
- Click Next, accept the license agreement, etc
- Name of the Ghost Server: I used the short windows name for my domain controller, and it worked.
- Click Next, Install, Next, Next, Finish. It detects the network card, and asks you to restart
- Somewhat amazingly, you are now done. Let the PC restart. You can log in, or leave it logged out, but do make sure it’s turned on.
I said that it’s amazing the client installed so easily because the process to actually create an image is not at all intuitive. Or I just don’t have the right backing up paradigm. You’ll see in a moment.
Using the Ghost Console to Create an Image
- Log in to the computer with the console installed. In this case it’s my domain controller.
- Click Start, Programs, Symantec Ghost, Ghost Console
- If you double-click ‘Machine Groups’, then ‘Default’, you should notice that your client PC is in this list. Life is good.
Creating an Image Definition
- Now you need to Create an Image Definition. Double-Click ‘Configuration Resources’, then ‘Images’
- Right-Click the background on the right and click ‘New Image’
- Type a name for this image. Try to label it with the Make and Model of the computer, something meaningful to you.
- Make sure ‘Image is located on the Client Machine’ is unchecked
- Click ‘Browse’, and select a location for the actual image file. I select the Data Server, so ghost doesn’t save huge stuff to our domain controller.
- type in a filename, including .gho at the end. Hit ok
- Image File definition created!
You are not done YET! Incredably, you still have to:
Create a New Image Create Task
- Double Click ‘Tasks’ on the left.
- Right-Click the white background on the right
- Click ‘New Image Create Task’
- Click ‘Execute Immediately’. Because you know, you want to do it right away.
- Click ‘Browse’ in the ‘Source Machine’ box.
- Double-Click ‘Default’, then single-click the name of the PC you previously installed the Client on.
- Click ‘OK’
- Click ‘Browse’ in the ‘Image Name’ Box.
- Double-click ‘Images’, single-click the image you just created
- Click ‘OK’
- Check ‘Remove machine from Domain…’ at the bottom. If you are on a Domain
- Click ‘OK’
- Done! Now wait a long time; things should be getting underway. Your client PC will shut itself down and restart into this ghost client deal. It requires no intervention, just let it do it’s thing.