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Symantec Ghost Solution Suite To Offer Comprehensive, Affordable Imaging And Migration Solution

Combination of Symantec Imaging and Migration Technologies to Help Organizations Conquer Today's IT Challenges for Greater Information Availability

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Nov. 16, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, the latest edition of Symantec's industry-leading imaging and migration solution. Symantec Ghost Solution Suite combines Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition, the imaging components of Symantec DeployCenter Library, and Symantec Client Migration. The suite provides the tools needed for Windows operating system deployment, software distribution, PC data and desktop settings migration, and PC retirement.

The upcoming release of Symantec Ghost Solution Suite demonstrates Symantec's ongoing commitment towards delivering a portfolio of solutions that will provide a holistic approach to security, systems and storage management. With the inclusion of Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition and Symantec DeployCenter Library technologies in one suite, Symantec now offers the only solution on the market with both file-based and sector-based imaging technologies. Coupled with Symantec Client Migration, a powerful PC data and desktop settings migration tool, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite provides a comprehensive and affordable imaging and migration solution. The combination of these technologies enables IT administrators to effectively deploy and maintain PCs in a distributed environment, particularly in small and medium-sized organizations.

"IT administrators are under increasing pressure to reduce costs, improve service levels and remove risks. They look to imaging and migration solutions that offer the ease-of-use, functionality and security they require while ensuring continuous information availability," said Thom Bailey, director of product management, enterprise administration, Symantec Corporation. "By offering one of the most comprehensive imaging and migration solutions available for organizations, Symantec meets the needs of IT administrators and continues its market and technological leadership."

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite offers a full range of capabilities and features that make it the industry's most widely used imaging and migration solution:

  • Efficient and Automated Deployment of New Systems - Symantec Ghost Solution Suite allows IT administrators to easily create an image of a PC or Windows server, utilizing either file- or sector-based imaging technology, and then simultaneously deploy that image to hundreds of PCs across the network in a matter of minutes. The suite also enables IT administrators to manage hardware and software inventory from a centralized console and create detailed reports from customizable views. This functionality gives IT administrators the ability to create targeted tasks, such as imaging or patch deployment tasks, based on specific hardware and software attributes. Individual files can be distributed to multiple PCs simultaneously with the suite's multicast file transfer capabilities, further minimizing bandwidth usage and streamlining the management process. Additionally, imaging and deployment can be performed within Microsoft's Windows Pre-Installation Environment (WinPE). This process accel erates and automate Windows deployments while reducing the cost, complexity and time required for deploying Windows XP.
  • Secure and Effective PC Data and Desktop Settings Migration - Symantec Ghost Solution Suite includes Symantec Client Migration, an easy-to-use software solution that allows IT administrators to securely migrate PC data and desktop settings from a centralized location. By automating many of the repetitive tasks associated with PC migration, Symantec Client Migration accelerates the migration process and reduces administrative overhead and user downtime. Symantec Client Migration provides two options for the IT administrator: a user-driven migration, whereby end-users can initiate their own migrations using an intuitive Web-based interface based on migration policies set by the IT administrator; or a migration process in which the IT administrator controls all aspects of a PC migration. Superior security features include support for Windows domain authentication, the ability to transfer files securely using encrypted data transmissions, and four levels of user access rights. Symantec Client Migration integrates with the Symantec Ghost Client Staging Area, which provides a local storage area on the user's machine to minimize network storage and bandwidth requirements. The Client Staging Area preserves any files contained in it during a subsequent image deployment.
  • Fast and Reliable System Refreshes - Symantec Ghost Solution Suite provides a fast and reliable method of deploying system, application and software updates across the entire organization. Utilizing the Symantec Ghost software and hardware inventory feature, IT administrators can quickly identify missing updates on each PC connected to the network. The Symantec Ghost AutoInstall (AI) feature enables IT administrators to create and customize application packages that can then be deployed from within the Symantec Ghost Console. Symantec Ghost Solution Suite also allows the deployment of Symantec DeployCenter images through the Symantec Ghost Console.
  • Secure PC Retirement and Data Disposal - Symantec Ghost Solution Suite includes Gdisk, a software tool that meets U.S. Department of Defense standards in secure data disposal. Gdisk reduces the risk and liability associated with PC retirement and data disposal by ensuring that confidential data cannot be recovered from recycled, retired or leased PCs.
For larger organizations with a heterogeneous enterprise environment, Symantec offers Symantec ON iCommand, a highly customizable infrastructure management solution that allows IT administrators to manage IT assets on any platform over any kind of network. For information on Symantec ON iCommand and other Symantec products and services, including solutions for patch management, remote control, IT asset management, system and data recovery, and enterprise security, visit

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite is scheduled to be available in late November through Symantec's worldwide network of distributors and resellers. An upgrade path to Symantec Ghost Solution Suite will be available to existing customers of Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition or Symantec DeployCenter Library. For additional product information call (800) 745-6054 or visit To obtain licensing information or to locate a reseller, visit on the World Wide Web.

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Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at

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