Creating boot disks and boot images

The processes for creating boot images and disks can include any of the following features:

  • Support for CD-R/RW, DVD, LPT, USB, and FireWire
  • Network support for TCP/IP peer-to-peer connections and GhostCasting
  • Support for reading and writing an image to and from CD/DVD
  • Support for mapping network drives
  • Creating an image of the Console Boot Partition.
  • Support for Microsoft Remote Installation Service (RIS) using Symantec Ghost
  • RIS boot packages that support Microsoft Remote Installation Service (RIS) using Symantec Ghost
  • TCP/IP network boot images to allow access to Symantec Ghost without a boot disk using 3Com DynamicAccess Boot Services

See Table 2-1 to decide which boot disk you should make.

Table 2-1 Boot disk types
Intended use
Ghost Boot Wizard options
Local use of Ghost.exe:
  • Disk-to-disk
  • Partition-to-partition
  • Disk or partition to and from local JAZ or ZIP drive
You can use either of the following options:
  • Standard Ghost Boot Disk

Standard boot disks

  • Network Boot Disk

Boot disks with network support

  • Clone, back up, or restore over peer-to-peer connection between two computers using LPT, FireWire, or USB cable.
Standard Ghost Boot Disk
  • Clone, back up, or restore over TCP/IP peer-to-peer connection with network support between two computers
Network Boot Disk
  • Back up or restore a computer onto an image file on a CD/DVD on a CD/DVD writer supported by Symantec Ghost.
Standard Ghost Boot Disk
  • Restore a computer from a Ghost image file on a CD on a CD-R/RW drive not supported by Symantec Ghost. The image file was not stored on the CD using Symantec Ghost. Contains generic CD drivers.
  • Access files other than a Ghost image file on a CD.
CD/DVD Startup Disk with Ghost
  • Map a drive on a workstation to a shared resource on a server and use Symantec Ghost to clone, back up, or restore.
Drive Mapping Boot Disk
  • Install the Console boot partition on a client computer.
Console Boot Partition
  • Start Ghost.exe on a client computer from the network (without a boot disk)
TCP/IP Network Boot Image
  • Start a client computer from the network to connect to the Symantec Ghost Console.
TCP/IP Network Ghost Client Boot
  • Create an entry in the RIS menu on a client computer to start the computer from the network.
Microsoft RIS Boot Option