Overview of how Ghost works with virtual machines.
|Article:TECH110194|||||Created: 2008-01-18|||||Updated: 2013-09-09|||||Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH110194|
Does Ghost work with virtual machines?
Ghost versions 11.0 and earlier were not designed to work with virtual machines and are not supported.
- Only Ghost versions 11.5 and newer are tested and known to work with virtual machines.
- VMWare (VMDK) virtual hardware versions (generations) 4.x and up are supported, however it is recommended to use the latest version of VMWare.
- A VMDK from a specific version (generation) is only supported when restored back into that version. In other words VMDK 5.5 into 5.5.
- The following limitation exists: A Ghost created VMDK will only open in VMWare v6 and up.
- Other virtual environments and versions older than 4 are unsupported.
- GSS 2.5 and lower does not support ESX server edition. ESX server edition has not been tested and verified through development.
- Any ".gho" images created from VM will not be viewable with GhostExplorer.
- Integrity checks done on a ".gho" file of a VM machine may or may not fail even if the image is sound.
- Only "Ghost32.exe" can read a .VMDK.
- Ghost can load more than 1 VMDK as a disk but no more that 1 snapshot at a time.
- You can use "gdisk32.exe" on a VMDK.
- "ghconfig" can change the computer name, but not join the machine to a domain.
- "Ghostwalker" and "ghregedit" work normally.
Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH110194