How to choose a type of boot disk or boot image for older versions of Ghost

Article:TECH107461  |  Created: 2000-01-21  |  Updated: 2010-01-25  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH107461
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Environment

Issue



You see several options in Ghost Boot Wizard for creating a bootable floppy disk or a bootable image file. You want to know which one to choose.


Solution



The Ghost Boot Wizard can automatically create a variety of boot disks and boot images. The following chart lists the boot disks and boot images that each Ghost version can create:

Boot disks and boot image files listed by version:

Ghost enterprise versions:

Symantec Ghost 7.0 and 7.5
Symantec Ghost 6.5 Enterprise Edition
Boot disks:
  • CD-ROM Boot Disk
  • Boot Disk with CD-R / RW, LPT and USB support
  • Network Boot Disk
  • Drive Mapping Boot Disk
  • CD-ROM Boot Disk
  • USB Boot Disk
  • Network Boot Disk
  • Drive Mapping Boot Disk
Boot images:
  • Console Boot Partition
  • TCP/IP Network Boot Image
  • Microsoft RIS Boot (available only on Windows 2000 servers that have RIS installed)
  • Console Boot Partition
  • TCP/IP Network Boot Image
  • Microsoft RIS Boot (available only on Windows 2000 servers that have RIS installed)


Note: The USB Boot Disk option is available in Symantec Ghost 6.51 Enterprise Edition, but not in Symantec Ghost 6.50 Enterprise Edition. To upgrade 6.50 to 6.51, run LiveUpdate. See the document How to update a Ghost 6.x version to a later 6.x version.

Ghost consumer versions:

Norton Ghost 2003
Norton Ghost 2002
Norton Ghost 2001
Boot disks:
  • Standard Ghost Boot Disk
  • Drive Mapping Boot Disk
  • CD/DVD Startup Disk with Ghost
  • Peer-to-Peer Network Boot Disk
  • CD-ROM Boot Disk
  • Boot disk with CDR/RW, with LPT and USB Support
  • Peer-to-Peer Network Boot Disk
  • CD-ROM Boot Disk
  • Standard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support
  • Peer-to-Peer Network Boot Disk


Boot disks listed by use
All the Ghost Options in the following table, except the Multicasting and Directed Broadcast modes, involve cloning with only one or two computers at a time. Ghost uses Multicasting and Directed Broadcast to perform rollouts of disk or partition images or a rollout of an application installation from one computer to many computers at once.

Type of cloning operation:Ghost OptionWhich boot disk to use:
In Ghost.exe or Ghostpe.exe
Symantec Ghost 7.0 and 7.5
Symantec Ghost 6.5 Enterprise Edition
Norton Ghost 2003
Norton Ghost 2002
Norton Ghost 2001
  • Disk-to-Disk
  • Partition-to-Partition
  • Save image file to another local disk or partition
  • Save image file to a local Jaz or Zip drive
LocalDOS system disk*DOS system disk*Standard Ghost Boot DiskDOS system disk*DOS system disk*
Save image file to a mapped network driveLocalDrive Mapping Boot DiskDrive Mapping Boot DiskDrive Mapping Boot DiskN/A. Does not support mapped network drives.N/A. Does not support mapped network drives.
Save image file directly to a CDR/RW driveLocalBoot Disk with CD-R / RW, LPT and USB supportDOS system disk*Standard Ghost Boot DiskBoot disk with CDR/RW, with LPT and USB SupportDOS system disk*
Restore image from a CD-ROM driveLocalCD-ROM Boot DiskCD-ROM Boot DiskStandard Ghost Boot DiskCD-ROM Boot DiskCD-ROM Boot Disk
Clone over TCP/IP peer-to-peer connectionsTCP/IPNetwork Boot DiskNetwork Boot DiskPeer-to-Peer Network Boot DiskPeer-to-Peer Network Boot DiskPeer-to-Peer Network Boot Disk
Clone over LPT connectionsLPTBoot Disk with CD-R / RW, LPT and USB supportDOS system disk*Standard Ghost Boot DiskBoot disk with CDR/RW, with LPT and USB SupportStandard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support
Clone over USB connectionsUSBBoot Disk with CD-R / RW, LPT and USB supportUSB Boot DiskStandard Ghost Boot DiskBoot disk with CDR/RW, with LPT and USB Support
NOTE: Only applies to peer-to-peer connection.
Standard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support
NOTE: Only applies to peer-to-peer connection.
Clone over Firewire connectionsFirewireN/A. Does not support FirewireN/A. Does not support FirewireStandard Ghost Boot DiskN/A. Does not support FirewireN/A. Does not support Firewire
Use Ghost Multicast Server, GhostCast Server, or Ghost Console over a TCP/IP connectionMulticasting, Unicasting, and Directed BroadcastNetwork Boot DiskNetwork Boot Disk N/A. Consumer Ghost versions do not support Ghost Multicast.N/A. Consumer Ghost versions do not support Ghost Multicast.N/A. Consumer Ghost versions do not support Ghost Multicast.


*DOS system disks:
  • Ghost Boot Wizard in Ghost 6.5 and Ghost 2001 does not automatically create a DOS system disk. To create a DOS system disk, see the document How to create a DOS system disk for Ghost.
  • Ghost Boot Wizard in Symantec Ghost 7.0, 7.5, and Norton Ghost 2002 does create a DOS system disk. To create a DOS system disk, choose the option "Boot Disk with CD-R / RW, LPT and USB support" and do not check the options USB support, LPT support, and "Include Adaptec SCSI drivers." See Method 1 in the document How to create a DOS system disk for Ghost.
  • For saving an image directly to a CDR/RW drive, instead of saving it elsewhere and then copying it to the CDR/RW drive, see the document Which boot disks to use when writing to CDR/RW drives.

Note that this table does not list the "CD/DVD Startup Disk with Ghost." Use that type of bootable floppy disk only when saving images to or restoring images from CD-R and CD-RW drives that are not on Ghost's lists of tested drives:
Ghost 2003 compatibility with CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD drives
Ghost 2002 and 7.5 compatibility with CD-R and CD-RW drives
Ghost compatibility 2001, 6.5, and 7.0 with CD-R and CD-RW drives


Explanation of each boot disk and boot image available in Symantec Ghost 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5

Unless otherwise noted, the Ghost Boot Wizard in Symantec Ghost 6.50, Symantec Ghost 7.0, and Symantec Ghost 7.5 can create the following types of boot disks and image files:

Network Boot Disk
In Ghost 6.0 - 6.04, this was known as the Ghost Multicast Boot Disk. This disk contains the DOS system files, Ghost files, and files necessary for communicating through the network interface card (also called a network adapter). When you start a computer with this disk, the computer loads DOS system files, network drivers, Ghost files, and then starts Ghost.

Use this disk in the following situations:
  • When you want to use Ghost Multicast Server, GhostCast Server, or Ghost Console to roll out an image to many computers. In this situation, you start the client computer with the Network Boot Disk, and you run Ghost Multicast Server, GhostCast Server, or Ghost Console at the Ghost server computer.
  • When you want to use Ghost Multicast Server, GhostCast Server, or Ghost Console to create an image of the disk or partition on the client computer and save the image as a file on another computer on the network. In this situation, you start the client computer with the Network Boot Disk, and you run Ghost Multicast Server, GhostCast Server, or Ghost Console at the Ghost server computer.
  • When you want to use Ghost's TCP/IP peer-to-peer connection type to clone between two computers. In this situation, you start each computer with the Network Boot Disk, and then choose the TCP/IP option. The TCP/IP option is available only in Symantec Ghost 7.0, Symantec Ghost 7.5, Symantec Ghost 6.5 Enterprise Edition and Norton Ghost 2001 version 6.5. See the document How to clone over a TCP/IP peer to peer connection.
CD-ROM Boot Disk
This disk allows you to start the client computer from a floppy disk, and then restore an image from a CD-R or CD-RW.

This disk contains the DOS system files, Ghost files, and files necessary for accessing the CD-ROM drive. When you start a computer with this disk, the computer loads DOS system files, CD-ROM drivers, Ghost files, and then starts Ghost.

Use this disk in the following situations:
  • When you want to restore an image file from a CD-ROM disk, writing over the existing partition or disk in the hard drive.
  • When you want to make a CD-R or CD-RW disk bootable, while saving an image file to it. In this situation, do not start the computer with the CD-ROM Boot Disk. Instead, start the computer with a bootable floppy disk that has the Ghost files and insert the CD-ROM Boot Disk when prompted. For more information, see the document Which boot disks to use when writing to CDR/RW drives.
Drive Mapping Boot Disk
The drive mapping boot disk requires two floppy disks. These disks allow you to pull an image from a network drive to write over the disk or partition at the local computer, or save an image file of the local computer's disk or partition onto a network drive.

The first disk is automatically created by the Ghost program. This disk contains the DOS system files and files necessary for communicating with other computers on the network (that is, the network client and protocol files). The second floppy disk is not automatically created by Ghost. This disk contains the Ghost.exe file that is required to run the Ghost program. To create this disk, copy Ghost.exe from the hard drive to a floppy disk using either Windows Explorer or the DOS prompt.
    How to use the disks
    1. Insert the first floppy disk into the floppy drive and boot the computer. The DOS prompt appears.
    2. Remove the first disk from the floppy drive.
    3. Insert the second disk into the floppy drive.
    4. Type Ghost.exe at the DOS prompt. The Ghost user interface appears.

Use these disks when you want to use the Local option in Ghost.exe to work with a mapped network drive. For more information on using Ghost with a mapped network drive, read section "Method 4 - Mapped network drive" in the document Using Ghost to save or write an image to a different computer and the document List of supported network protocols.

USB Boot Disk
This disk allows you to start the client computer from a floppy disk, and then clone between two computers that are connected by a USB cable. This disk contains the DOS system files, Ghost files, and files necessary for accessing the USB controller. When you start a computer with this disk, the computer loads DOS system files, USB controller drivers, Ghost files, and then starts Ghost. See the document Ghost compatibility with USB cables.

Boot Disk with CD-R / RW, LPT and USB support
This disk performs the same functions as the USB Boot Disk, a DOS System Disk that is configured to work over an LPT connection, and a DOS System Disk that is configured to write an image file directly to a CDR/RW drive. This disk is available in Symantec Ghost 7.0 and 7.5, but not in Symantec Ghost 6.5.

Console Boot Partition
This disk creates an image file of a boot partition. This partition is the hidden Ghost partition that Ghost Console uses to roll out an image to many client computers without having to visit each computer. In Symantec Ghost 7.0 and earlier, Ghost Console cannot rollout images to client computers unless the hidden Ghost boot partition is on those computers. Use Ghost Multicast Server to write this partition to each client computer. See the document Preparing a workstation for control by the Ghost Console.

TCP/IP Network Boot Image
This option creates an image file, saved on the network, that is used by workstations to boot the computer into a DOS environment from which you run Ghost. Use this image with 3Com DynamicAccess Boot Services software.

Microsoft RIS Boot
This option is available only on Windows 2000 servers that have Remote Installation Service (RIS) installed. This option creates an image file, saved on the network, that is used by workstations to boot the computer into a DOS environment from which you run Ghost. Use this image with RIS. See the document Using RIS with Ghost 6.0


Explanation of each boot disk available in Norton Ghost 2001, 2002, and 2003

The Ghost Boot Wizard in Norton Ghost 2001, 2002, and 2003 can create these types of boot disks:

Standard Boot Disk
In Norton Ghost 2003, use the Standard Boot Disk to boot the computer into a DOS environment and run Ghost.exe at one computer, or to run Ghost.exe at two computers over a USB or Firewire connection.

This disk replaces the disks "CD-ROM Boot Disk," "Boot disk with CDR/RW, with LPT and USB Support," and "Standard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support" that were available in Norton Ghost 2002 and Norton Ghost 2001.

This disk contains the DOS system files, Ghost files, files necessary for accessing the external storage devices such as a CD-R/RW or DVD drive, and files necessary for using USB and Firewire connections. When you start a computer with this disk, the computer loads DOS system files, device and connection drivers, Ghost files, and then starts Ghost.

Use this disk in the following situations: CD/DVD Startup Disk with Ghost
In Norton Ghost 2003, use the "CD/DVD Startup Disk with Ghost" to save image files directly to CD-R, CD-RW and DVD drives and restore images from those drives when those drives are not on Ghost's lists of tested drives:
Ghost 2003 compatibility with CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD drives
Ghost 2002 and 7.5 compatibility with CD-R and CD-RW drives
Ghost compatibility 2001, 6.5, and 7.0 with CD-R and CD-RW drives

If the drive is on Ghost's list of tested drives, use the Standard Boot Disk rather than the "CD/DVD Startup Disk with Ghost."
    Standard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support
    The Standard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support is used to boot the computer into a DOS environment and run Ghostpe.exe. It provides support for connections through the LPT port, and connections through a USB cable. See the document Ghost compatibility with USB cables.

    Boot Disk with CD-R/RW, LPT and USB support
    This disk performs the same functions as the "Standard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support," and a DOS System Disk that is configured to write an image file directly to a CDR/RW drive. This disk is available in Symantec Ghost 7.0, Symantec Ghost 7.5, and Norton Ghost 2002.

    Peer-to-Peer Network Boot Disk
    The Peer-to-Peer Network Boot Disk allows Ghostpe.exe at one computer to communicate with Ghostpe.exe at another computer, over a TCP/IP peer-to-peer connection. Note that in Norton Ghost 2003, you use Ghost.exe rather than Ghostpe.exe in this situation. See the document How to clone over a TCP/IP peer to peer connection.

    The Ghost Multicast Boot Disk in Ghost 6.0 - 6.04, and the Network Boot Disk in Symantec Ghost 6.5, can also be used for TCP/IP peer-to-peer connections.

    CD-ROM Boot Disk
    The CD-ROM Boot Disk is a bootable floppy disk that is used to start the computer so that you can then restore an image from a CD-R or CD-RW disc.

    This disk contains the DOS system files, Ghost files, and files necessary for accessing the CD-ROM drive. When you start a computer with this disk, the computer loads DOS system files, CD-ROM drivers, Ghost files, and then starts Ghost.

    Use this disk in the following situations:
    • When you want to restore an image file from a CD-ROM disc. Start the computer with the CD-ROM Boot Disk and then restore the image from a CD-ROM disc. This process writes over the existing partition or disk in the hard drive.
    • When you want to use Ghost to save an image file to a CD-R or CD-RW disc and make that disc bootable. In this situation, do not start the computer with the CD-ROM Boot Disk. Instead, start the computer with a bootable floppy disk that has the Ghost files and insert the CD-ROM Boot Disk when prompted. For more information, see the document Which boot disks to use when writing to CDR/RW drives.

    Drive Mapping Boot Disk
    In the consumer versions of Ghost, this option is only available in Norton Ghost 2003. The drive mapping boot disk requires two floppy disks. These disks allow you to pull an image from a network drive to write over the disk or partition at the local computer, or save an image file of the local computer's disk or partition onto a network drive.

    The first disk is automatically created by the Ghost program. This disk contains the DOS system files and files necessary for communicating with other computers on the network (that is, the network client and protocol files). The second floppy disk is not automatically created by Ghost. This disk contains the Ghost.exe file that is required to run the Ghost program. To create this disk, copy Ghost.exe from the hard drive to a floppy disk using either Windows Explorer or the DOS prompt.
      How to use the disks
      1. Insert the first floppy disk into the floppy drive and boot the computer. The DOS prompt appears.
      2. Remove the first disk from the floppy drive.
      3. Insert the second disk into the floppy drive.
      4. Type Ghost.exe at the DOS prompt. The Ghost user interface appears. This disk allows you to pull an image from a network drive to write over the disk or partition at a the local computer, or to save an image file of the local computer's disk or partition onto a network drive.

    Use these disks when you want to use the Local option in Ghost.exe to work with a mapped network drive. For more information on using Ghost with a mapped network drive, see section "Method 4 - Mapped network drive" in the document Using Ghost to save or write an image to a different computer and the document List of supported network protocols.


    More information

    Explanation of boot disks as compared to boot images
    Each boot disk or image created by Ghost Boot Wizard is either a boot floppy disk or a boot image file.

    Boot floppy disks are used to start a client computer from the floppy drive and to run the Ghost DOS executable file. Boot floppy disks are created with the following Boot Wizard options:
    • Network Boot Disk
    • Peer-to-Peer Network Boot Disk
    • CD-ROM Boot Disk
    • Drive Mapping Boot Disk
    • USB Boot Disk.

      Note: The USB Boot Disk option is available in Symantec Ghost 6.51 Enterprise Edition, but not in Symantec Ghost 6.50 Enterprise Edition. To upgrade 6.50 to 6.51, run LiveUpdate. See the document How to update a Ghost 6.x version to a later version.
      • Standard Boot Disk with LPT and USB Support
      • Boot disk with CDR/RW, with LPT and USB Support

    Boot images are image files that contain information for starting a computer without a floppy disk. Boot images also run the Ghost DOS executable file. Boot images are used only when cloning between two or more computers. Boot images are created with the following Boot Wizard options:
    • Console Boot Partition
    • TCP/IP Network Boot Image
    • Microsoft RIS Boot (available only on Windows 2000 servers that have RIS installed)

    Ghost DOS executable file and other Ghost files
    On each of these boot disks and boot images, Ghost automatically includes any Ghost files that are necessary for running the Ghost DOS executable file. The Ghost DOS executable file is Ghost.exe, Ghostpe.exe, or Ghostwks.exe, depending on the Ghost version.
    • To run other Ghost programs from the boot disk, such as Ghost Walker or GDisk, copy the DOS executable files (Ghstwalk.exe and Gdisk.exe, respectively) to the disk.
    • To run other Ghost programs from the boot image, use Ghost Explorer to copy the Ghost DOS executable files to the image file and to edit the file Autoexec.bat to run the Ghost DOS executable files.






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