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23rd October 2008, 09:06 AM #1
Alternatives to Symantec Ghost
I've been using Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.0 for a while but basically just for cloning because I could never get anything else to work reliably with Windows 98 clients. Now we are upgrading to XP in the ICT suites I'm looking for something that will create images centrally and is more cost-effective than Ghost. Can anyone give me some pointers please?
23rd October 2008, 09:09 AM #2
Microsoft RIS. Don't know what it's been renamed to in Win 2k8, but it's built into windows server as standard - so practically free. I found it a bit slower to use than Ghost though.
23rd October 2008, 09:13 AM #3
23rd October 2008, 09:32 AM #4
23rd October 2008, 09:56 AM #5
I use WDS as well - works very nicely once you've got your head round it. I have it working in combination with a sysprep script that joins the imaged PC to the network. It is a bit more work to take and deploy an image as you've got to supply domain/user details and answer some set up questions, but i've not had a PC fail to image correctly yet.
It was a real pain to get working initially, however, until I'd got hold of a workable boot.wim file. You need to be careful what source you use as Vista media supplied with, for example Dell, laptops or computers have subtly crippled boot.wim's... I took a fellow Edugeeker's advice and downloaded the trial of Server 2008, used the file i needed and ignored the rest (therefore no license issues..)
23rd October 2008, 10:58 AM #6
It was fairly easy, as long as you set up DRBL Server first, following the installation guide on the website
Originally Posted by Gibbo
23rd October 2008, 11:01 AM #7
I read and watched a presentaion on Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server Edition the other day which impressed me.
23rd October 2008, 11:03 AM #8
WDS - Thank you! I knew RIS was renamed, but couldn't for the life of me remember what the new initials are!
Originally Posted by Gibbo
23rd October 2008, 11:04 AM #9
This worked out pretty cost effective for us compated to ghost as we have a lot of IBM/Lenovo kit:
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23rd October 2008, 11:50 AM #10
23rd October 2008, 12:18 PM #11
I vote for WDS, as said before hard to initially setup but once working very good and versatile.
23rd October 2008, 12:36 PM #12
I've always found Acronis TrueImage to be a good alternative to Ghost - not sure what the prices for the non-personal versions of Ghost are like at the moment to compare, but could be worth a look.
23rd October 2008, 11:31 PM #13
We use clonezilla too. Only other imaging tool I've tried is Ghost Corporate Solution Suite. Ghost wins the interface comp. hands down and boots faster off a CD too but I've found clonezilla to be much more reliable and creates images much faster, if you do that often its a big benefit.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to try drbl-live (clonezilla server) multicasting as our switches are too old but I have successfully used it to do a unicast.
I've heard good stuff about PING and Acronis TrueImage too
27th October 2008, 10:10 PM #14
We use Acronis True Image sometimes, but we more than usually use the Personal Backup Appliance and hack together some bootable Insert USB sticks which carry the pba client, rather than burning the ISO to cd.
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