Ghostcast session keeps timing out ???
Right, I have 30 new PC's (all identical) that i have dotted around the school which now need imaging. I have installed all our software onto a one of the machines, sysprep'd it and imaged it with Symantec ghost (version 11)
Now, I thought that before i deployed the image out to all the required machines, i'd test a couple first just to make sure everything was ok.
So i have got 3 machines in 1 classroom all connected to the network via the same patch panel and switch.
I start a ghost cast session on all 3 machines and deploy the image. I use multicast for this session.
Machine 1 - works fine. Image has copied over no problems
Machine 2 & 3 have failed. They are reporting that the session has timed out.
So i try again exactly the same with the 2 machines and the same thing happens again. They connect to the session fine for a few minutes copy 400-500MB of data across then suddenly time out.
Ok, So i try the session on the clients indivadualy thinking that maybe the data is getting swamped over the network and not getting through. Same result.. Times out.
Next i try doing a unicast session on both machines. Machine 2 Fails and times out but machine 3 complete's fine without any problems.
So I try the same procedure on Machine 2.. Again it times out. Finally i try Direct Broadcast on machine 2 and yet again it times out.
So for some reason I'm getting some strange problems when ghosting over the network. I have performed quite a few ghost sessions on this network in the past and this is the first problem i am having.
Here's what i have figured out so far.
1. All clients are picking the correct IP addresses and the ghost cast sessions start fine and data does start copying onto the machines.
2. All clients are in the same subnet
3. All clients are connected to the network via the same gigabit switch and the same patch panel.
4. I have tried the machines in different network sockets .. Same problem..
5. The Image is stored on the server hard drive and not a USB drive attached to the server.
The network is a vanilla Windows 2003. With a dual core Xeon processor and 2GB RAM. I performed the images at 3:45 when there were only 5 machines turned on and using the network for minimal work (ie they were all using word)
Does anyone have any idea?