How to create a bootable CD/DVD that includes an existing image on the same CD/DVD.

Article:TECH140161  |  Created: 2010-09-17  |  Updated: 2013-09-10  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH140161
Article Type
Technical Solution


Issue



You want to create a CD/DVD that is both bootable and also contains the image you created in order to deploy from a single source. The Ghost Boot Wizard (GBW) only allows you to create this type of boot CD/DVD when selecting "Create ISO Image" as the Target in the "Destination Drive" window of the Ghost Boot Wizard. When selecting "Create ISO Image", the GBW will create an ISO file that can then be burned to a CD/DVD through third party software as outlined in the steps below.
 

Symptoms:
Note: Due to the technology used by the GBW, it Cannot effectively add or burn image files directly to a CD/DVD ROM  when selected in the Destination Drive window of the GBW.  This means our GBW cannot add image files through our default direct burning process and cannot be supported at this time.


Solution



Things you will need before you start:
Blank CD/DVDs
A completed ghost image (.gho)
Please Note the following requirements revolving around the ghost image.
This image file must be split so that the first .gho file will fit on the DVD.
If the image spans to one or more .ghs files the image must be named with precisely 5 alphabetical characters.  For this example the name IMAGE.GHO is used.
If the image is greater than 2 GB, it must be spanned and the spans must not be more than 2 GB.  This is due to industry standards for ISOs, which limits a single file included in an ISO to 2 GB or less.
When adding the image files using the ghost boot wizard the total data including the ghost boot files must be less than 4 gigs on disk 1.

In order to create a working boot DVD with the image included on the same disk, you will need to upgrade your version of Ghost Solution Suite to the latest 2.5 build, 11.5.0.2141 or later.

Title: 'How to apply the Live Update for Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 build 2141.'
Document ID: 2008091213121160
> Web URL: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/on-technology.nsf/docid/2008091213121160?Open&seg=ent

After applying  the latest upgrade, open Ghost Boot Wizard, and note the version and build at the bottom to the left of the Copyright. It must be 11.5.0.2141 or later. 

There are two methods that can be used, a manual restore or a fully automated restore.  Below are a set of instructions for each of these methods.

The Manual Image Restore Method:

1. Select Windows PE. Click next.
2. Select Standard Ghost Boot Disk. Click next.
3. Leave the defaults for Client type. Click next.
4. Leave defaults for Network Client Configuration. Click next.
5. Leave defaults for Network Client Address unless you need to set a static IP. Click next.
6. Select Create ISO Image. Give it a name and location. Click next.
7. IMPORTANT: Click Add... and then click Add... again and add your .GHO file.
   a.  In the Destination folder on media field, either leave it blank and the files will be added to the root of the DVD. Click OK. 
   b. Ghost attempts to look for the subsequent spans **IN THE SAME SUBDIRECTORY AS THE LAST ONE** then if the root image and the later spans are placed in different subdirectories, Ghost will not automatically find the next span and it will be necessary to browse to the correct subdirectory.
8. Click next. Click next once more to finish and create the ISO.
You are now ready to burn your ISO file to a CD/DVD. Ensure whichever media you choose has enough space. If your .GHO file(s) take up more space than can fit on 1, you will need to put just the .GHO file on the bootable disk, and the spanned image files (.GHS extension) on other CD/DVDs.

Once burned to a CD/DVD, boot the CD/DVD on your client machine.

When ghost loads:
Select Local.
Select Disk.
Select From Image
Select the drop down menu and select the option that is D: [GHBOOTCD] CD Rom/DVD drive (note: the drive letter may not be assigned as D:)
Look in the root or in the image folder.
Select your .GHO file. Click open.
Select your destination drive/partition. Click OK. Click OK again.
Proceed with disk restore.

 Fully Automated image restore method:

1. Select Windows PE. Click next.
2. Select Standard Ghost Boot Disk. Click next.
3. Leave the defaults for Client type. Click next.
4. Leave defaults for Network Client Configuration. Click next.
5. Leave defaults for Network Client Address unless you need to set a static IP. Click next.
6. Select Create ISO Image. Give it a name and location. Click next.
7. IMPORTANT: Click Add... and then click Add... again and add your .GHO file.
    a.  In the Destination folder on media field, either leave it blank and the files will be added to the root of the DVD. Click OK. 
    b. Ghost attempts to look for the subsequent spans **IN THE SAME SUBDIRECTORY AS THE LAST ONE** then if the root image and the later spans are placed in different   subdirectories, Ghost will not automatically find the next span and it will be necessary to browse to the correct subdirectory.
   c.  Even though a single layer DVD can hold 4.7 gigs of data the ghost boot wizard can only accommodate a total of 4 gigs including ghost boot files. 
8. Click next.
9.    On the Review page Click Start editing
   a. Delete every thing after the START.BAT: 
   b. In the script below it will scan the DVD drive for the file IMAGE.GHO if your ghost image is a different name then you will need to update the following example to reflect your image file. 
   c. Be aware that the following sample script is configured to reload the machine that is booted from this DVD without asking if you are sure and then it will reboot the machine when it is finished with ghost. 

@echo off
Rem – scan for a file in the root of the DVD called IMAGE.GHO and set system variable %DVD%
for %%f in (C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z ) do if exist %%f:\IMAGE.GHO set DVD=%%f:
x:
cd \ghost
Ghost32 -clone,mode=restore,src=%DVD%\IMAGE.GHO,dst=1 –sure –rb
 

10. NOTE: If you use -rb switch, the computer will reboot after restoring the image. This may not be what you want because if the DVD is left in the computer when it reboots, the restore process will start over on its own.
11. Click Stop editing. Click Next> next once more to finish and create the ISO.
You are now ready to burn your ISO file to a CD/DVD. Ensure whichever media you choose has enough space. If your .GHO file(s) take up more space than can fit on 1 DVD, you will need to put just the .GHO file on the bootable disk, and the spanned image files (.GHS extension) on other CD/DVDs. 

Once burned to a CD/DVD, boot the CD/DVD on your client machine.

When ghost loads:
No user intervention will be needed to start the restore to hard drive 1
When asked for the next segment put in the DVD with the appropriate ghost segments and Click OK  or press Enter on the keyboard.  You will repeat this for each DVD that is needed until all segments are restored.
Ghost will automatically reboot the system when the restore is finished.

 

Note on Limitations:  Ghost Boot Wizard (GBW) caps data at 4 GB.   This means when creating an ISO file, if the image file or image segments plus the Ghost Boot files have a total data size of over 4GB, it will fail.  Due to ISO limitations, any individual file size cannot be over 2 GB.  The Ghost Boot Wizard has limitations that won't allow it to write an image file directly to a CD/DVD.   The Ghost Boot Wizard does not have the ability to use the full capacity of a dual layer disk when creating ISO images or burning DVD’s.  If you need to burn data larger than 4 GB to a DVD, then it will have to be done outside of  the GBW with Third Party software.
 



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