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    Ghost Corporate version

    Hi, new to this game!!

    I need to create an image and multicast it to machines. Now I know I install Ghost to server, but having trouble getting the ghost console to pick up client machines. They are new laptops & although they pick up IP, they obviously aren't attached to the domain. Is that why do you think??

    Any pointers would be most helpfull & appreciated.

    Also, anything you think I should make sure of on the actual image would be a tremendous help!!

    Thank you.

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Quote Originally Posted by sLiDeR
    Hi, new to this game!!

    I need to create an image and multicast it to machines. Now I know I install Ghost to server, but having trouble getting the ghost console to pick up client machines. They are new laptops & although they pick up IP, they obviously aren't attached to the domain. Is that why do you think??

    Any pointers would be most helpfull & appreciated.

    Also, anything you think I should make sure of on the actual image would be a tremendous help!!

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    In your Ghostcast Server application window, are you defining an upload task? It sounds like you haven't set up a session to connect to and so although your clients are getting an IP they aren't actually involved in any kind of transaction with Ghost itself. Set up a session in your Ghostcast application window, define a name for the session and point to where you want the image stored (and give the image a name), then make sure you have selected the radio button "upload image" (this might vary depending on your version). Click "accept clients" and then run off to your client and use your Ghost boot floppies to connect to the session.

    You don't need your clients attached to the domain, and running Sysprep before uploading the image should make sure that when the image is used to install clients they get a unique SID from Setupcl.exe.

    What you put in your images is a matter of choice: we make sure all updates are on there, that they have things like Flash Player and Adobe Reader, but that's about it. Prism does the rest for us post-install. However, you can put all your applications on there (I know some who do this); just make sure you realise the image size increases when you do this (though this is probably obvious).

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Thanks for your advice mate.

    Ive now got the console talking to the PC. I have successfully cloned & deployed an image to a laptop.

    My problem now is im trying to do it via the ghost console rather than the ghostcast server.

    Doing it that way, the console can configure the sysprep utility.

    However, when I try to grab the image, the console reports back that it couldnt copy the sysprep file over to the client.

    My routine was the run the sysprep setupmanager on the client machine, copied the sysprep file onto a key & placed it on the server with the ghost console. This was so that when configuring the sysprep utility on the ghost console, it required the file.

    Help please??? :cry:

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Me and my team did a massive Research and Development with deployment of Ghost and sysprep, we are currently implementing the structure to assist with BSF etc. I will see what reports i can dig out and PM you.

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    :notworthy:

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Quote Originally Posted by acrobson
    Me and my team did a massive Research and Development with deployment of Ghost and sysprep, we are currently implementing the structure to assist with BSF etc. I will see what reports i can dig out and PM you.
    I'd be really interested in a copy of that too - if you wouldn't mind.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey
    Quote Originally Posted by acrobson
    Me and my team did a massive Research and Development with deployment of Ghost and sysprep, we are currently implementing the structure to assist with BSF etc. I will see what reports i can dig out and PM you.
    I'd be really interested in a copy of that too - if you wouldn't mind.

    Thanks in advance D
    Yeah sure, if you PM me just so i dont forget, It has saved us on many an occassion, even though it was us that wrote it!

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    can you not post it to the wiki, because I'd like a look too, I just purchased Ghost Solution Suite 2 a couple of weeks ago, and I'd like a decent guide!

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    can you not post it to the wiki, because I'd like a look too, I just purchased Ghost Solution Suite 2 a couple of weeks ago, and I'd like a decent guide!
    I will see what i can do, one way or another you should get a copy.

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    hmmm this is something I need to look at, I have rolled out 2x Thin Client to about 40 + Pc's and this has impacted on my RIS setup.

    I want to look at ghost corporate (I already have a copy) to wiz images out to PC's but my question is this, having never used this before does it rely on DHCP like RIS?? or does it use it's own method of grabbing clients?

    Next does anyone know of a definitive guide to getting it to work, at the moment I used RIS to do Vanilla XP SP2 installs and then scripting/GPO topush apps out, as each IT suite contains the same make/model/revision of PC i would be nice to grab an image of a single pre built PC and zap it to all the others.

    Any pointers would be good...!

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Quote Originally Posted by ICTNUT
    hmmm this is something I need to look at, I have rolled out 2x Thin Client to about 40 + Pc's and this has impacted on my RIS setup.

    I want to look at ghost corporate (I already have a copy) to wiz images out to PC's but my question is this, having never used this before does it rely on DHCP like RIS?? or does it use it's own method of grabbing clients?

    Next does anyone know of a definitive guide to getting it to work, at the moment I used RIS to do Vanilla XP SP2 installs and then scripting/GPO topush apps out, as each IT suite contains the same make/model/revision of PC i would be nice to grab an image of a single pre built PC and zap it to all the others.

    Any pointers would be good...!
    When we do ghost casting we use either floppies or more commonly USB boot sticks, we then assigned each boot stick with it's own static IP and labelled each stick, this way, if there are any errors etc you don't have to restart the whole session until the rogue is found. The boot stick which we use is a multi platform boot stick which workd for about 90% off the network cards out there (All dell and HP's, thats fo sure!).

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    We used to carry out ghost installs with boot floppies but I have recently changed that so that we utilise PXE on the clients to start a ghost session over RIS. Much better- and no need to carry around floppies etc. I am also looking at a single ghost image for all systems- rather than a specific image for each room (since we use Prism to deploy applications post-install this isn't that much of a deal).

    I am now looking into WDS- but this won't come for a few months yet.

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Quote Originally Posted by kingswood
    We used to carry out ghost installs with boot floppies but I have recently changed that so that we utilise PXE on the clients to start a ghost session over RIS. Much better- and no need to carry around floppies etc. I am also looking at a single ghost image for all systems- rather than a specific image for each room (since we use Prism to deploy applications post-install this isn't that much of a deal).

    I am now looking into WDS- but this won't come for a few months yet.
    We have one overall image, however we use Dell optiplex systems ranging from GX260 to GX620 and SX745's, so although we have an overall image, we have a conversion processed version with the different drivers installed for each model. Thankfully, each suite has all of the same model, so if we do do a suite at a time, they can all be done at the same time etc D

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    That's an excellent idea actually. We use mainly Dell Optiplex too- so it shouldn't be too hard to roll all the drivers in.

    Cool.

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    Re: Ghost Corporate version

    Quote Originally Posted by kingswood
    That's an excellent idea actually. We use mainly Dell Optiplex too- so it shouldn't be too hard to roll all the drivers in.

    Cool.
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