How to make a Windows PE boot package with the Ghost Boot Wizard.

Article:TECH110134  |  Created: 2008-01-09  |  Updated: 2013-10-30  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH110134
Article Type
Technical Solution


Issue



How to make a Windows PE boot package with the Ghost Boot Wizard.


Solution



New in the Ghost Solution Suite version 2.5 is the capability of creating a Windows PE disk. The benefit is that the Ghost created Windows PE disk contains a 32-bit operating system with a lite version of Windows Vista. Since the Windows PE disk does not depend on DOS, it is compatible with newer hardware including Network Interface Cards (NIC) and Hard drives. The Windows PE disk is also useful because it does not rely on DOS NIC drivers.

How to make a Windows PE boot package:

  1. Click Start> Programs> Symantec Ghost> Symantec Ghost Boot Wizard.
  2. Select Windows PE [Default]
  3. If you are going to use DeployAnywhere, check the box for "Include DeployAnywhere Driver Database with the image" and read the following document for more information: How to run Deploy Anywhere from the Ghost Boot CD
  4. Click Next.
  5. Select the Image Type. Each type has its own set of options. Please see below for configuration instructions.
    • Standard Ghost Boot Disk
      This type includes network support and CD read and write operations.
      1. Confirm the location of the client type and add additional parameters if needed.
      2. Click Next.
      3. If you are using drive mapping, configure the "Network Client Configuration" screen as needed.
      4. Click Next.
      5. Select the Internet Protocol (IP) options.
      6. Click Next.
      7. Select the Destination Drive:
        • USB thumb drive:
          Insert the drive in the computer and select that drive from "Available Devices"
          1. Click Next.
          2. Let Ghost format the disk and create the boot package.
        • Create ISO Image:
          This creates a ".iso" file that can be used with virtual environments or can be burned to CD or DVD.
          1. Click Browse and navigate to the location where you want to store the ISO file.
          2. Name the file.
          3. Click Save.
          4. Click Next 3 times.
        • CD or DVD ROM:
          This allows Ghost to burn the image directly to a CD or DVD.
          1. Select the CD or DVD burner from the drop-down list.
          2. Click Next.
          3. Add additional files if needed.
          4. Click Next twice.
        • One Click Virtual Partition:
          This is a file that you can put on the client computer and execute. It will restart the computer into the pre-execution environment.
          1. Click Browse
          2. Navigate to where you would like to store the files.
          3. Click Next.
          4. Add additional files if needed.
          5. Click Next 2 times.
    • Console Boot Partition
      Creates a Ghost image of the Console boot partition to be installed on clients.
      1. Select the Client Type options to include on the boot partition.
      2. Click Next.
      3. Select the IP options.
      4. Click Next.
      5. Click Browse and navigate to the location where you would like to store the partition image.
      6. Name the file and add the extension ".gho."
      7. Click Next.
      8. Add additional files if needed.
      9. Click Next twice.

      You have now created an image file that can be put on your target computers. Please see the following document to restore the partition: How to prepare a workstation for control by the Ghost Console.

      Note: Section = "Cloning without a virtual boot partition" > "Write the boot partition image file to client computers"
    • TCP/IP Network Boot Image
      For use with 3Com Boot services.
      1. Confirm the location of the client type and add any additional parameters if needed.
      2. Click Next.
      3. If you are using drive mapping, configure the "Network Client Configuration" screen as needed.
      4. Click Next.
      5. Select the IP options.
      6. Click Next.
      7. Add any additional files if needed.
      8. Click Next.
      9. Browse to where you want the TFTP Root directory to be stored.
      10. Name the location.
      11. Click Next twice.

      Follow the instructions in the following document to add a virtual floppy (.sys) to the 3Com PXE server: How to use the 3Com Boot Services with Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 using WinPE.
    • TCP/IP Network Ghost client Boot Image
      For use with 3Com PXE services. Creates a DOS client for use with the Ghost console.
      1. Confirm the location of the client type and add additional Parameters as needed.
      2. Click Next.
      3. If you are using drive mapping, configure the "Network Client Configuration" screen as needed.
      4. Click Next.
      5. Select your IP options.
      6. Click Next.
      7. Add additional files if needed.
      8. Click Next.
      9. Click Browse and navigate to the location where you want the TFTP Root directory to be stored.
      10. Name the location.
      11. Click Next twice.

      Follow the instructions in the following document to add a virtual floppy (.sys) to the 3Com PXE server: How to use the 3Com Boot Services with Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 using WinPE.

How to add NIC or Mass Storage drivers:

  1. Open the Ghost Boot Wizard.
  2. Select Windows PE
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Select the WinPE version that you would like to edit.
    Note: See the notes below for information on the different versions.
    Best Practice: Select the appropriate version that you would like to add drivers to, and click "Copy...". Give the new copyed Windows PE driver database a "Friendly Name". This is the name that you will use when selecting this driver package for use in a boot disk, or from the Ghost Console. Click OK.
    • If you are using the console, be sure to change the PreOS to the new copy. To do this, right click on your client machine in the console (inside the machine group where it resides), and click Properties. Click on the Client tab, and change the Virtual Partition PreOS drop-down menu to the copyed Windows PE package you created. You do not need to change any other settings, as the Network Settings when using Virtual Partition only applies to PCDOS and PCDOS drivers.
  5. Click Edit.
  6. Depending on the type of driver that you would like to add, go to the "Network Drivers" or the "Storage Drivers" section.
  7. Look through the list to see if the driver you need is already supplied.
    • If it is already supplied, check the box to include that driver.
      Note: If using the WinPE version, Symantec suggests that any drivers that are not needed be disabled so that the space requirement is not exceeded.
    • If the driver you need is not included:
      1. Click Add New Driver
      2. Click Browse and navigate to the root location of the NIC or Storage driver that you would like to add.
      3. Create a "Friendly Name". This is the name that you will use when selecting the driver from Ghost.
      4. Check the Applicable Operating System. For Windows PE drivers, this should be VISTA only.
      5. Click OK.
      6. Check the box for the driver that you have just added.
      7. Click OK

Note: There are two versions of Windows PE included in Ghost. To select a version, click Edit in the Ghost Boot Wizard.

  • WinPE is for computers that have less than 512MB RAM. This version is limited in the number of available drivers and includes only one language.
  • WinPE 512 is for computers with 512MB RAM or more. It includes many drivers and is multilingual.


References

In the Ghost Boot Wizard what is the difference between WinPE and WinPE-512?


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