Introduction to Symantec Ghost 7.0

Article:TECH107708  |  Created: 2001-01-02  |  Updated: 2004-01-12  |  Article URL
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You are considering purchasing Symantec Ghost 7.0 and want to know more about it.


Symantec Ghost 7.0, a corporate edition of Ghost, was released on April 2, 2001.

NOTE: Symantec Ghost 7.0 is not the latest corporate Ghost version. For a list of Ghost versions, see the document How to determine your version of Ghost.

Where to buy it
To obtain a copy of Ghost 7.0 or to purchase upgrade insurance, contact your reseller. Symantec Ghost 7.0 is not an upgrade to previous versions; it is a new version. Only customers with upgrade insurance will receive Ghost 7.0 automatically. See the document Where to get Symantec 6.5, 7.0, or 7.5.

To obtain trialware for Symantec Ghost 7.0, see the document Information on the Ghost trialware.

Symantec Ghost is a cloning or imaging utility that provides the ability to copy the entire contents of a disk or partition. The contents are copied either directly to another disk or partition, or they are saved as a file that can later be restored to a disk or partition.

Symantec Ghost is typically used for one of the following purposes:
  • Migrating users from one computer to another, such as when you replace a large number of computers with newly purchased computers.
  • Migrating users from one operating system to another, such as when you want to roll out a new operating system to a large group of users.
  • Rolling out a preinstalled set of programs to a large group of users.
  • As a backup program for disaster recovery. If a disk or partition is no longer accessible due to corruption of the disk's system area or file system, and you previously created a disk image or partition image file, you can use that file to restore the disk or partition. If the disk or partition is physically damaged, you can use the image file to restore the disk or partition to a different hard disk.
  • As a backup program for file recovery. If you lose a file and do not have a file backup, and you previously created a disk image or partition image file, you can use Ghost Explorer to extract the file from the disk image or partition image.
  • As a means to copy a computer's operating system, programs, and data files to a new computer or to a new hard disk.

As a distribution program, for rolling out new operating systems, configuration settings, preinstalled applications, and so on, Ghost can roll out one image to many computers at once. Ghost minimizes its effect on network traffic by using multicasting, which sends out the image once for many computers rather than resending the image for each client computer.

As a backup program, Symantec Ghost differs from other types of backup programs in that it is designed to copy an entire disk or partition at a time, rather than specific folders or files in those partitions. Ghost can copy a disk or partition as fast or faster than many backup programs that copy all the files from a disk or partition. When you have Ghost create and save an image file, Ghost can save that image file directly to other devices such as CD-R or CD-RW drive, a Jaz or Zip disk, a SCSI DAT tape drive, a hard disk on the local computer, or to a hard disk on a remote computer.

Because Ghost uses a DOS file, Ghost.exe, to perform cloning operations, using Ghost requires running the client computer in a DOS environment. This can be accomplished by booting remotely into a DOS boot partition that was previously placed on the client computer, booting the client from a DOS bootable floppy disk, or booting remotely by means of a network boot with 3Com Boot Services. Ghost provides the feature Ghost Boot Wizard to help you automatically create a bootable floppy disk.

Using Symantec Ghost requires a basic understanding of partitions, disks, and DOS operations.

New features

Move the User
You can use the Move the User feature to move a user's files and configuration settings from one Windows computer to another or to create a backup of a user's files and configuration settings for restoring to the same computer at a later time. See the document Introduction to Move the User.

Incremental Backup
You can use the Incremental Backup feature to create a backup for each client computer, either manually through Ghost Console or on a schedule that you create in Ghost Console. In addition, an IT administrator can use this feature to capture changes that have occurred since the last Ghost image. When you want to restore the backup, you choose the date to which you want to revert the client computer. See the document How to create and restore an incremental backup with Ghost Console.

Integrated AutoInstall
The Ghost AutoInstall 6.5 feature is fully integrated into Ghost 7.0. When you use the this feature, you can move an installation of a program from one computer to another. To move an installation, first use AI Snapshot and AI Builder to create the application package, and then use Ghost Enterprise Console to distribute and run the application package. See the documents How to create an application package for distributing an application and How to distribute and run application packages with Ghost 7.0.

Here are the AutoInstall changes from Ghost 6.5:
  • In Ghost 7.0, Ghost Enterprise Console includes the feature Deploy AI Package as a Task option. When you check this option in the Task and configure the Task for which application package to move, Ghost distributes and runs the package at the client computers you designate.
  • In Ghost 7.0, AI Builder, formerly called Builder, is included in the Ghost Server installation instead of as a separate installation. Because AutoInstall and Ghost installations were separate in Ghost 6.5, this change reduces the overall footprint of the installation
  • In Ghost 7.0, AI Snapshot, formerly called Replicator, is included as a separate installation for the model computer.
  • The AutoInstall Client is no longer necessary. Functions previously performed by the AutoInstall Client in Ghost 6.5 are performed by the Ghost Client in Ghost 7.0.
  • The AutoInstall Manager has been dropped. Instead of installing a separate AutoInstall Manager and Control Directory for managing application packages as in Ghost 6.5, application packages in Ghost 7.0 are managed by the Ghost Console. This change reduces the overall footprint of the installation and improves the ease of use.

Integrated SysPrep
Ghost 7.0 provides support for Microsoft’s System Preparation tool (SysPrep) by including in Ghost Console Tasks an option to run SysPrep on a model computer before creating an image of the model computer. SysPrep prepares a model computer for Ghost cloning. Combining Ghost with Microsoft’s System Preparation tool reduces the number of images to be maintained by reducing hardware incompatibility between images.

3Com Boot Services
Ghost 7.0 includes the 3Com Boot Services as a separate CD in the Ghost product box. 3Com Boot Services and Ghost Multicast Server work together to write disk and partition images to one or more PXE-enabled client computers without having to visit the client computers. 3Com Boot Services includes PXE, BOOTP, and TFTP services, and tools to administer boot image files and client boot parameter files.

The Ghost executable file, Ghost.exe has been redeveloped. The new Ghost.exe uses a smaller footprint and works faster than the older version.

Symantec Ghost 7.0 includes the following Symantec Ghost 6.5 Enterprise Edition hot fixes:
  • FAT32, build 145
  • Linux, build 148
  • Ghost Walker, build 151

Related information
How to determine your version of Ghost
How to update Ghost 6.x to a later version
Ghost technical support options This document includes technical support telephone numbers.
How to get support for Ghost
Introduction to Symantec Ghost 7.5
Introduction to Norton Ghost 2002

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