How to use Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 to create a WinPE boot DVD with a Ghost image on the same disk.

Article:TECH110220  |  Created: 2008-01-01  |  Updated: 2013-09-09  |  Article URL
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See: 'How to create a bootable CD/DVD that includes an existing image on the same CD/DVD.' at
For an updated solution that does not require an third party program.

Warning: This procedure requires the use of a third party ISO manipulation program. Symantec does not supply, support or recommend any such programs.
    How to make a Windows PE boot package:
  1. Click Start > Programs > Symantec Ghost > Symantec Ghost Boot Wizard.
  2. Select "Windows PE [Default]
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click Standard Ghost Boot Disk - This type includes network support and CD read/write operations.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Add in any additional Parameters you need to Ghost.
  7. Click Next.
  8. If you would like to use drive mapping, configure the "Network Client Configuration" screen as desired.
    Note: For Ghostcasting this information is not needed.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Select your IP options.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Select Create ISO Image - this creates a .iso file can be burned to DVD.
  13. Click Browse and navigate to the location you want to store the ISO.
  14. Give the file a name
  15. Click Save.
  16. Click Next.
  17. Click Next.
  18. At the Review screen, click the Start editing button.
  19. Note: To automate the running of Ghost, command line switches can be added to the Ghost32.exe line before the next step.
  20. Click Stop editing button.
  21. Click Next.
    Your WinPE ISO package will now be recompiled.
  22. When the ISO creation process completes, click on the Finish button.
1. Note Limitation: Ghost Boot Wizard (GBW) caps data at 4 GB. This means if you try adding an image over 4GB to a DVD through GBW, it will fail. You would not be able to use the full capacity of a dual layer disk when creating ISO images or burning DVD’s from GBW. Use other burn software to burn data larger than 4 GB.
3. How to add the Ghost image to the ISO image:
  1. Open the ISO with an ISO manipulation program such as "Ultra ISO."
  2. With the ISO open, determine how to adjust the size of the image.
  3. In "Ultra ISO" this is found by clicking on File> Properties.
  4. Then under the "File system tab" there is a "Media" drop down menu where a larger media size can be selected.
    Note: For a DVD that would be 4.37 or 7.95GB if double layered.
  5. Add the appropriate Ghost image files to the ISO making sure to include the *.gho and *.ghs files that make up the image set.
    Note: If the full image does not fit on one CD/DVD you can just copy additional image span files to CD/DVDs as needed using your burning software.
  6. Save the new ISO and burn it to media following the required steps for your CD/DVD burning software.
  7. Subsequent image segments should be placed on additional DVD's by using Copy & Paste.

    How to use your DVD to restore an image.
  1. Boot your client machine with the new PE disk you built
  2. At this point, Ghost will open and you can perform imaging as you normally would:
    1. Click Disk> From Image.
    2. Select your DVD drive from the "look in:" drop down menu and then choose your image.
    3. Select the destination drive and Click OK.
    4. If you have additional image segments on other DVD's, you will be prompted to insert the next DVD.

    "Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)" information can be found at:


    Title: 'How to create a bootable CD/DVD that includes an existing image on the same CD/DVD.'
    Document ID: 2008110412374160
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