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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    @SpuffMonkey: The setup of the PXE method with 3COM utilities is clearly explained in the manuals.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey
    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy
    I use Ghost (with sysprep) and RIS, but I cheat.

    I have changed the default boot image for RIS to the ghost RIS boot image.

    Simply press a key for PXE boot on a client with a ghost session setup and install. None of those nast network drivers to worry about and those stupid microsoft RIS options.

    A brief idiots guide to this would be much appreciated...
    Install Microsoft RIS, Install Ghost console on the RIS server (it unlocks the RIS option on the ghost boot disk creator)

    Then as far as I remember you run the ghost RIS setup which copies ghost to the right place in RIS.

    I got fed up with trying to modify the RIS menus without any tools or documentation so I found the boot file that is sent to the PXE clients and replaced it with the one in the ghost RIS folder.

    I think this is the place: RIS\OSChooser\i386

    It looks like I copied the ghost.dsk and ghost.ldr to RIS\OSChooser\i386 from RIS\Setup\English\Images\Ghost\i386\templates

    I then replaced the startrom.com with the ghost.ldr by renaming it. Then you can rename one of the hdslcom files to stop it asking you to press a key (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro...fd54cd420.mspx)

    I think thats roughly what I did, but its just worked for the last 2 years without fail, so I haven't revisited it to upgrade yet.


    Edit: I should point out that this is only really useful if you don't use the other bits of RIS, or have another RIS server installed, I didn't so it works well for me.

    David

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    @SpuffMonkey: The setup of the PXE method with 3COM utilities is clearly explained in the manuals.

    Heh, the Ghost manuals are the worst I have ever seen, I've never even used the 3com disk. I'm using RIS to give out the PXE image via the modification above.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Sysprep, Ghost 8.0 Corporate. Although I can't ghostcast due to something in the switches hating it..

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    @Sirbendy: check that broadcasting is enabled in your switches (assuming that they are managed). If they are unmanaged, buy some decent HP ones

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    @Sirbendy: check that broadcasting is enabled in your switches (assuming that they are managed). If they are unmanaged, buy some decent HP ones
    They're Cisco units, managed by NGFL... They've probably turned it off-it DID work up until summer, when some "essential maintenance" took place..

    Unfortunatly, we don't get access to our switches..it's in the hands of those monkeys. We're using unmanaged D-Links in the new suites... Can't naff those up.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    When I go through the Ghost RIS installer the following happens, am I missing something?

    Start Ghost Boot Wizard
    Choose Microsoft RIS Boot Image option
    Choose Universal Packet Driver v2.0
    Click Next on all following screens until prompted to enter RIS Menu Details
    Click Next and review choices
    Click Next and I receive the following error: Could not format the floppy disk. Check the drive then try again.
    Click Ok and receive the next error as follows: An error occurred when trying to create the boot package.

    Those two errors will repeat until I cancel the setup.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Are you running the extra option that appears when you install the ghost console on a Server with RIS on it? afaik you are just creating a RIS boot disk atm. You only see the option if RIS is already installed on the server that you put ghost on.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    I'm using the option that's only appeared since I installed Ghost on the RIS Server yes.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    ZenWorks

    8) 8) 8)

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    This is the last screen I get after choosing the PXE driver and finding the Ghost exe etc.

    Edit. Ah, I see you got to that bit ops:

    Is RIS actually working?

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Yes I get that, and enter a name in the top box. The bottom box gets filled in automatically with what I enter in the top box so I leave it as that.

    Then click next and you get a summary of the setup like with any other boot creation. When you click next again and it tries to make it I get the errors mention before.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Zenworks here.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    Yes I get that, and enter a name in the top box. The bottom box gets filled in automatically with what I enter in the top box so I leave it as that.

    Then click next and you get a summary of the setup like with any other boot creation. When you click next again and it tries to make it I get the errors mention before.
    I tried it on mine, takes about two seconds and goes completed. You running this as the administrator? What the the permissions on the RIS folder. Also see if you can get a machine to boot from RIS anyway to check its installed and authorised.

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    Re: Which imaging software do you use?

    RIS FTW!

    I am so very glad that I discovered it and learned how to use it. Gotta love free, instead of the carp that Ghost puts you through. tying the licence to the HDD is stupid, one of the main reasons for imaging it failed hard drive.

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