How to use GhostCast Server or Multicast Server to create an image file

Article:TECH107658  |  Created: 2001-01-15  |  Updated: 2004-01-26  |  Article URL
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You want to know how to use Ghost Multicast Server (Symantec Ghost™ 7.0) or GhostCast Server (Symantec Ghost™ 7.5 and later) to create an image file and save the file on a network drive.


Ghost Multicast Server and GhostCast Server allow Ghost to move images over a network, through the network interface card. Multicast and GhostCast are usually used in one of two ways: to pull an image from a client computer and save it on a network drive, or to push an image from a network drive to write over a disk or partition on many client computers. This document describes the former, how to use Multicast or GhostCast to create an image file.

Note: The Ghost Console feature that is included in Symantec Ghost can also "pull" an image file and save the file on a network drive.
  1. Create a Network Boot Disk. When creating the disk, choose drivers that are for the network interface card that is on the computer that you want to clone. You can use Ghost Boot Wizard to automatically create the Network Boot Disk.
  2. At the server computer:
    The server computer is the computer at which you run Ghost Multicast Server or GhostCast Server.
    1. Click Start, point to Programs, and point to Symantec Ghost.
    2. Click GhostCast Server or Multicast Server.
    3. Configure GhostCast or Multicast:
      1. Type a name for this session in the Session Name box.
      2. Click Dump from Client.
      3. Click Disk.
      4. Type the full path to the image file in the Image File box, or click Browse to browse to the location. When Ghost creates an image file, Ghost will save the file with this name at the location you specify.
      5. Click More Options:
        • Use the Client Count field if you want the session to start after this many clients have connected to the Ghost server.
        • Use the Time field if you want the session to start within a certain period of time.
        • Use the Timeout field to specify the period of time you want the Multicast Server to wait after the first client connects before it launches the session automatically.
    4. Click Accept Clients. This makes the Multicast Server session or GhostCast Server session active. At this point, the session is waiting for clients to connect, but has not started.
  3. At the client computer:
    The client computer is the computer that has the disk or partition that you want to create an image of.
    1. Start the client computers with the Network Boot Disk you made previously. Ghost loads automatically.
    2. Click OK to start the Ghost program.
    3. Click Multicasting or GhostCast.
    4. Type the name of the session that you used in Step 2.C.a. Make a note of the client's IP address that is listed on the this window and click OK. If you find later that the client computer cannot connect to the Ghost server computer, check whether this is the correct IP address for this computer.
    5. Select the Local Source drive you want to make an image of, and then click OK.
    6. Select the compression level. High image compression will make the image file as small as possible. No and Fast provide less compression and more speed.
    7. Click Yes on the "Proceed with image file creation?" window. Once you click Yes here, the client connects to the Ghost Multicast Server or GhostCast Server and starts the imaging process. When Ghost is done creating the image, you see the "Dump Completed Successfully" window.
    8. Click Continue.
    9. Remove the floppy disk from the drive at the client computer and restart the computer.
  4. On the server computer, a dialog box informs you that the transfer is complete. Click OK.

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