Pushing an Image to Clients using Symantec's Ghost 7.5 Console
Pulling an Image from a Client using Symantec's Ghost 7.5 Console

Created: 10/28/02
Original from: Vincent Ungaro
Revisions and Addendums by: Eric Taketatsu

 

Pushing an Image to Clients using Symantec’s Ghost 7.5 Console

 Abstract:

It is essential to use a method to clone machines to a networked environment.  Image cloning of machines allows a reduction in time machine deployments.  For Symantec Ghost 7.5 Console there are two methods of pushing an Image across the network.  This paper will describe the methods used to push an Image to a target client machine.  At this stage the assumption is that an associated Ghost Image has been created for a set of client machines or that client images have been loaded onto the Ghost Server and images have been added to the servers’ database. 

I.  BOOTDISK METHOD (physically going to machine and inserting boot disk):   

A.  Create TCP/IP Boot disks using Boot Wizard on the Ghost Console (skip to next step if there are available Ghost Boot disk clients).

            1.  On the Ghost Console Select: Tool->Boot Wizard

2.      Select Network Boot Disk

3.      Select Mulitcard template from the list given or choose a machine specific NIC.

4.      After selecting the NIC’s you will be prompted to use PC-DOS for the boot disk.  Select the default and click next on the bottom of the window.  ( Selecting PC-DOS will be a much simpler to do if you are creating boot disk on WIN2K and above )

5.      Next it will prompt for the appropriate Client Type.  Choose between GHOST or GHOST-DOS

6.      Enter the network settings for the client ( Remember to use different IP addresses if you are doing multiple clients )

7.      Next it will prompt for the appropriate Destination Drive.  By default this should be set a drive A:

8.      It will then Review the settings inputted Click Next if the Configurations are correct.

9.      Next it will prompt you to format drive.  This is optional if the disk is already formatted.  It will then start the creation of the boot disks.  
 

B.  Setting up the Ghost Console to accept a Session (a Client Session for dumping images or loading).

1.  On the Ghost Console Select: Tool->GhostCast Server.

2.  Enter a Session Name.

a. The session name entered can be arbitrary.  However keep a note of the Session Name (basically keep it simple J ).

            b. i.e.: ghostsession1

3.  Select Load to Client.

4.  Select an Image File.

a. Image files should have been created by Ghost, or is an image compatible with Symantec Ghost.  If there are no images GO NO FURTHER (see Dumping an Image to Clients using Symantec’s Ghost 7.5 Console).

b. i.e.: client.gho           
 

            C.  PUSHING IMAGING

                        1.   Insert Boot disk on the machine to be generated

2.   Select Multicast (if doing more than one client) or unicast (1 client)

3.   Enter the Ghost Console Server IP or do Automatic

4.   Enter the session name from STEP B.2.

5.   Once the client is listed on the Ghost Console server of the appropriate session press send to initiate the client push.

 

II. CLIENT DRIVEN METHOD (This preferred method allows remote administration of client): 

            A.  On the Ghost Server Console go to Tools->Remote Client Install

                        1.   Next it will prompt to search for the target machine.

2.   If Ghost Client is already installed on the target machine it will produce an error.

3.   The target machine should now appear on the Default Machine Group with a green check mark.  (If client does not appear here and if the client was previously installed check other machine groups)

4.   Double Click on the target client machine to view the properties.  Edit appropriate properties that need to be changed. 

a.  Select the Client Tab and make sure the network settings when using virtual partions has the “Use Suggested template Selected”.  If not, that means that Ghost Console does not have the proper network card drivers installed for this client (or doesn’t recognize them).  Although this is rare you can manually add them.

      b.   Usually the client properties will be left alone.
 

            B.  Making a Task on the Ghost Console

                        1.   To make a new task for the target client  go to  FILE->NEW->TASK.

2.   On the General Tab:

a.   Select the 1st three task steps: Clone, Config, Config Refresh 

      b.   On the “Target Machine Group/Machine” field browse for the target machine for which the image will be loaded to. (NOTE: To edit config parameters such as name, domain, IP address, etc. double click on the machine name.)

3.      On the Network Tab: Select “Data Transfer Mode” as Unicast.

4.      On the Clone Tab: 

a.   Browse for the appropriate Image

b.   Check the “Use Ghostwalker to perform SID change” field. (NOTE: make sure not to use sysprep to perform SID change.)

c.    Leave the remaining fields at the default position.
 

C.  Right Click on task and select execute to run the newly created Task.  If the task fails view the task log for details.

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Pulling an Image from a Client using Symantec’s Ghost 7.5 Console

Abstract:

It is essential to use a method to clone machines to a networked environment.  Image cloning of machines allows a reduction in time machine deployments.  For Symantec Ghost 7.5 Console there are two methods of pushing an Image across the network.  This paper will describe the methods used to pull an Image from a target client machine.  This will create images that will be used in cloning other machines. 

I.  BOOTDISK METHOD ( physically going to machine and inserting boot disk ):   

A.  Create TCP/IP Bootdisks using Boot Wizard on the Ghost Console ( skip to next step if there are available Ghost Bootdisk clients).

            1.  On the Ghost Console Select: Tool->Boot Wizard

2.      Select Network Boot Disk

3.      Select Mulitcard template from the list given or choose a machine specific NIC.

4.      After selecting the NIC’s you will be prompted to use PC-DOS for the boot disk.  Select the default and click next on the bottom of the window.  ( Selecting PC-DOS will be a much simpler to do if you are creating bootdisk on WIN2K and above )

5.      Next it will prompt for the appropriate Client Type.  Choose between GHOST or GHOST-DOS

6.      Enter the network settings for the client ( Remember to use different IP addresses if you are doing multiple clients )

7.      Next it will prompt for the appropriate Destination Drive.  By default this should be set a drive A:

8.      It will then Review the settings inputted Click Next if the Configurations are correct.

9.      Next it will prompt you to format drive.  This is optional if the disk is already formatted.  It will then start the creation of the boot disks.  
 

B.  Setting up the Ghost Console to accept a Session (a Client Session for dumping images or loading).

1.  On the Ghost Console Select: Tool->GhostCast Server.

2.  Enter a Session Name.

a.  The session name entered can be arbitrary.  However keep a note of the Session Name ( basically keep it simple J ) .

            b.  i.e.: ghostsession1

3.  Select Dump From Client.

4.  Select an Image File.

a.  This will create a new image file with the given filename.

b.  i.e: client.gho           
 

            C.  PUSHING IMAGING

                        1.   Insert Bootdisk on the machine to be generated.             

2.   Select Unicast (1 client )

3.   Enter the Ghost Console Server IP or do Automatic

4.   Enter the session name from STEP B.2.

5.   Once the client is listed on the Ghost Console server of the appropriate  session press send to initiate the client push.

 

II.  CLIENT DRIVEN METHOD (This preferred method allows remote administration of client): 

            A.  On the Ghost Server Console go to File->New->Image Dump

                        1.   On General Tab:

a.   Either create a task definition so you can run this task again later or select execute immediately if you will do this once.

b.   Browse Source machine.  If it is not listed then you must install the Ghost Client.  To do this refer to “how to load client from GHOST.doc section II.A”.

c.   Browse Image File to Save Image.  This will save the image dump to the given filename.

d.   Select Fast Compression.

e.   Select Remove image from domain before taking image.

2.   On Network Tab select Unicast Data Transfer Mode.

3.   On Sysprep Tab:

            a.   Select Run Sysprep before dumping an image.

            b.   Select Sysprep config.

            c.   Deselect Tell sysprep to perform SID change.

            d.   Select Run mini setup wizard.

            e.   Hit OK.  Right click and execute task.

            B.  Caveats

                        1.   Multiple NICs on a client are not supported.

2.   Mixed mass storage controllers(i.e both IDE & SCSI Drives) sometimes causes problems when trying to image.

3.   If a client was bound to a Ghost Server and you are trying to access it from a different Ghost Server, you will need to uninstall and reinstall the client from the new server.  (note: this is only when you do not want to use a bootdisk ).

4.   It’s a good idea to remove model machine from domain before imaging.

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