How To Create An Image Using Symantec Ghost, Ghostcast Server?

If you want to create an image of your hard disk it can be done in several ways. A way to do this is to boot the computer from a Symantec Ghost floppy disk and to create the image by multicasting, unicasting, disk to disk or peer to peer.

So if you want to create an image the first thing you have to do is to create a Symantec Ghost boot disk. This boot disk doesn’t boot to Windows but boots the Symantec Ghost utility in DOS.

How to create an image using GhostCast server?

GhostCast server is a utility of the Symantec Ghost software. Using GhostCast server you can create images of computers in the network or you can restore an image to several connected clients at the same time. The only thing you have to do is to boot all the clients with a Symantec Ghost boot disk, then you accept all the connected clients in the GhostCast server utility and then you simply send the image to all connected clients.

First you have to make sure that the computer of which you want to create an image of, is connected to the network. Of course the GhostCast server computer has to be connected as well.

Boot the client from the Symantec Ghost boot disk.

Now return to your GhostCast server computer and start the GhostCast server utility by clicking Start -> Programs -> Symantec Ghost -> GhostCast server.

Here you have to enter a session name in the Session Name box.

Then you enable the ‘Create Image’ option to create an image from the clients.

Then you click the ‘Browse’ button to browse for a place where the image must be stored.

If you want to create an image of the entire hard disk of the client you select the ‘Disk’ option. Do you want to create an image of a particular partition you select the ‘Partition’ option. (In this example I describe how to create an image of a disk).

Then you click the ‘Accept Clients’ button.

Now GhostCast server waits for the clients to connect.

You can see that there are no clients connected until now.

Now you go to the client which is booted in Symantec Ghost and you click (or by keyboard) ‘GhostCast’ -> ‘Unicast’.

You enter the session name exactly the same as given in GhostCast Server.

Leave the option ‘Discovery Method’ to ‘Automatic’ and click ‘Ok’.

The next thing you do is, you select the drive of which an image must be made of.

and click ‘Ok’.

Here you can choose if the image must be compressed to safe disk space. The options are ‘No’, ‘Fast’ or ‘High’ compression.

I recommend you choose ‘Fast’ compression.

The next thing you need to do is to confirm the image creation by clicking ‘Yes’.

Now Symantec Ghost is waiting for you to click the ‘Send’ button in GhostCast Server.

So, return to the GhostCast Server computer and click the ‘Send’ button.

After you clicked ‘Send’ the image will be created and stored at the location you chose in GhostCast Server.

You can see the details in GhostCast Server.

After the GhostCast progress is 100 % your image is created and you can close GhostCast Server.

You have successful created your Ghost image using GhostCast Server!!