Need some input bout Norton Ghost or similar products

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Mac, Nov 8, 2005.

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    Mac Guest

    I have quite a few xp pcs and few servers. I want to create an image of
    each pc and server and keep them in a save place so if there is any crash or
    other problems, I just have to get another pc or server and copy the image
    on it and I am back in business.

    I know that Norton's Ghost does this trick but I am not sure whether it can
    create image for servers as well or not.

    I would appreciate if someone please share their experience about Norton
    Ghost or any better product.

    Thanks
     
    Mac, Nov 8, 2005
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    mastertek17 Guest

    mastertek17, Nov 8, 2005
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    Hank Arnold Guest

    I agree, but some of us have Ghost Corporate Edition and no justification
    for spending more $$.

    With Ghost, the problem is mostly getting the right NIC drivers and trying
    to back up RAID drives....
     
    Hank Arnold, Nov 9, 2005
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  4. To get around the Nic issue, I always keep a few nics around that I know I
    already have drivers for, and probably already have the floppies for. When I
    ghost the machine I power it off,... install the temporary Nic (sometimes
    remove the original),...do the Ghost job,...shut it back down,...pull the
    nic out and put the hardware back to the way it was before powering back up
    so the OS was never aware of what happened.

    I have never had any problem with our RAID Controllers, Ghost was always
    "oblivous" to them.

    Another solution to the Nic issue it to use a CD or DVD burner on the
    machine. Ghost has its own built in ability to use those if they are
    available. It is slower burning to disk,..but it will work. It is a handy
    method for Laptops that never seem to let their integrated Nics work from a
    floppy,...assuming the Laptops have a "burner" or course.

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    Phillip Windell, Nov 9, 2005
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  5. The problem is that the machines SID is identical on all machine done from
    the image when the SID is supposed to be a GUID. With Ghost, you get a
    utility to alter the SID to a unique one after the machine has been loaded
    by an image. I don't know if other imaging tools provide a means for that.

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    Phillip Windell, Nov 9, 2005
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    Hank Arnold Guest

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    Hank Arnold

    Not bad.... if 10/100 is good enough, you could even leave it in the
    machine and disable it ??
    I don't see how this could be... If I'm booting from floppy, you either have
    to load the RAID drivers or Ghost every physical drive... One server I have
    has 2 x RAID 1 arrays and a RAID 10 aray for a total of 8 drives (try
    configuring a server for that with separate arrays & channels ;-> ).

    I think I read somewhere on Symantec's site that Ghost doesn't support
    RAID....
    Sounds good except that I suspect that most servers don't have CDRW drives,
    plus the number of CDs or DVDs to back up 60GB+ is, well, huge.....
     
    Hank Arnold, Nov 10, 2005
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