How to create and use a Drive Mapping boot disk with Ghost Solution Suite 2.x

Article:TECH108512  |  Created: 2003-01-02  |  Updated: 2012-03-26  |  Article URL
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You need to save an image of a computer to a different computer, or restore a hard disk from an image saved on the another computer. You can do this by using a drive mapping boot disk.


The drive mapping boot disk allows you to select a mapped network drive from within the Ghost executable. This allows you to save and restore Ghost images directly to the host computer by means of your local area network.

Creating a drive mapping boot disk in Ghost Solution Suite 2.5:

  1. Click Start> Programs> Symantec Ghost> Symantec Ghost Boot Wizard.
  2. Select Windows PE [Default]
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select the Image Type "Standard Boot Disk"
  5. Click Next.
  6. Confirm the location of the client type and add additional parameters if needed.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Configure the "Network Client Configuration" screen as needed with a domain User Name, Password and Domain information. NOTE: The domain name must be 15 characters or less.
    • You will also need to configure the Mapped Drive settings by picking a drive letter and typing in the information to an accessible share.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Select the Internet Protocol (IP) options.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Select the Destination Drive and create your boot disk.
  13. Once your boot disk is made, skip to the section "Using a drive mapping boot disk"

Creating a drive mapping boot disk in Ghost Solution Suite 2.0:

  1. Open the Ghost Boot Wizard.
  2. Click Drive Mapping Boot Disk, and then click Next.
  3. Select the network driver for the particular make and model of network card installed on the client computer, and then click Next.
    If the correct driver isn't in the list, you need to add it. For information on adding new NIC drivers, read the document How to manually add a NIC to the Multicard Template.
  4. Select one of the following:
    • Use PC-DOS: Include PC-DOS on the boot disk.
    • Use MS-DOS: Include MS-DOS on the boot disk.
  5. If you are using MS-DOS, you must include the Microsoft Client Files. Click Get MS Client and browse to the MS DOS Client files. Otherwise, continue with step 6.
    For additional information, read the document How to install the Microsoft DOS Client files.
  6. Click Next.
  7. In the Computer Name field, type the name of the client computer. (This specifies the name of the computer after starting from the floppy disk, and does not have to be the same name given to the computer in Windows. If you create more than one disk, a number is added to the computer name so that the names for subsequent disks are unique.)
  8. In the User Name field, type the user name that the boot disk will use to log on to the network. (This user must exist on the network and have sufficient access rights to the files and directories that you want to use.)
  9. In the Domain field, type the domain to which the user belongs. If not part of a domain then use Workgroup.
  10. Select the drive letter you want to use to access the network share from the "Drive letter:" drop-down menu.
    If you prefer to map a drive after booting, choose "" from the drop-down menu. You will need to manually map the drive once the computer has booted to a DOS prompt.
  11. In the Maps To field, type the complete UNC path to the network share. For example, to access a shared folder named GHOST with a share name of "SHARE" on a computer named BOSS, the UNC path would be \\BOSS\GHOST (not case sensitive).
  12. Click Next.
  13. Do one of the following:
    • Select "DHCP will assign the IP settings" if your network uses a DHCP server.
    • Select "The IP settings will be statically defined" and complete the fields below this option if your network does not use a DHCP server.
  14. Click Next.
  15. In the Floppy Disk Drive drop-down menu, select the appropriate drive letter (usually A).
  16. Choose the "Number of disks to create," whether you want to "Format disk(s) first," and whether you want to perform a "Quick Format," and then click Next. The Ghost Boot Wizard creates the disk(s) requested.

Using a drive mapping boot disk to create an image

  • Boot from the disk created.
  • Click OK at the welcome screen.
  • Select Local > Disk (or Partition) > To Image.
  • Select the drive you want to take an image of and click OK.
  • If you are taking a partition image, select the partition you want an image of and click OK.
  • At the "File name to copy image to" window, drop down the "Look in" field and select the drive letter you used when creating your boot disk.
  • Type a name for your image file in the "File name" field.
  • Click Save.
  • Select a compression type.
  • Click Yes at the Proceed window.

Things to consider:

  • If you are using DOS, Ghost.exe does not fit on a drive mapping boot floppy disk. Copy Ghost.exe to a separate floppy disk, then insert it into the drive after you have successfully booted from the drive mapping boot disk.
  • Running Ghost from a mapped drive is not supported.
  • While preparing a task for Ghost to perform, the mapped drive will appear in the drive's drop-down menu. Select the mapped drive as you would any other drive.
  • Symantec always recommends running an integrity check on every newly created image.
  • If you want the process to prompt for the user name and are using DOS, edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file to remove the switch /USER from the line instructing to launch the NET command. If you are using WinPE, follow these instructions:
  • If you haven't copied the MS-DOS files to the computer running the Ghost Boot Wizard, read the document How to replace the DOS files.
  • When selecting statically defined IP addresses, use a standard subnet mask (for a class C IP address, use and the IP of the server for either the gateway or DNS setting.
  • If you are mapping to a Windows 2k3 server, there are security concerns. Before you begin, check the document 'Error: "Access Denied" while performing a drive mapping operation to Windows 2003 Server' at
  • The length of a domain name must be 15 characters or less.


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