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Altiris 7.1 Deploy Ghost Image VIA USB/DVD

Created: 28 Feb 2013 • Updated: 01 Mar 2013 | 11 comments
Marilou's picture

Hi Pals!

We have a windows 7 image (ghost) and we don't want to deploy it via network. We want to deploy it via USB/DVD.

We have read this article https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/winpe-21-bootable-dvd-rdeploy and we are wondering if this step can be use for ghost images.

Our image size is almost 7GB but when we upload it to the boot disk creator it only displays 2,685,182,173 bytes but the path on where it stored the image: \\servername\Deployment\Task Handler\bootwiz\Configs\USB bootdisk\shared\images ----our ghost image size is correct.

Can anyone enlighten us if we are doing it on right procedure or is there another way to do this right.

Thanks in advance!

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Sachin_Joshi5's picture

Hello,

Have you tried imaging using device you created? If your image size is correct as you mentioned, then it should work fine.

Thanks,
Sachin

 

 

Marilou's picture

Hi,

We later on encounter a problem when we compiled the image and found out that it is caused by the image size because the bootwiz has a limit of 1.9GB (approx.)

Do you know how can we boot to WinPE (via USB/DVD) and just point the image that we have on another media (i.e. USB/DVD) to deploy image on clients?

Thank you.

Sachin_Joshi5's picture

Yes. That can be be done but manul steps will be required here as below

1. Boot a client in WinPE.
2. Attach the USB (that has image) to machine
3. Run ghost manually to access & deploy that Image from USB.

I am not sure if this is something you are looking for.

Thanks,
Sachin

 

Marilou's picture

There will be clients that don't have access to network....

Is there a way i can boot to WinPE via USB/DVD and then just point my image or run the scripts for the image?

Thank you.

Sachin_Joshi5's picture

You can create batch script that contains the commandline to restore the image. 

First create a bootable USB and later add the script & image to that. Once the machine is in WinPE, just run that script.

Thanks,
Sachin

Marilou's picture

Hi Sachin,

 

Sounds easy on how you said it Ü

I hope you can provide the reference materials on how will I make it.

 

Thank you in advance.

Thomas Baird's picture

Try this KB which we recently just fleshed out for the 7.1 version

 

http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO83750

 

Thomas Baird
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Marilou's picture

Hi Mr. Thomas!

I have followed the intructions on the link but then it is not successful. But somehow I have manage to create a bootable USB and deploy image using it. However when I have tried the file preservation it did not worked the console stuck on aligning/moving preserve files for two hours (data did not exceed 17GB).

Here's the exact procedure that I have done for image deploy using USB:

1. format USB to NTFS file type.

2. create bootable disk select usb, standalone and don't format the media.

3. after bootable disk is finish I put the ghost image in a folder I named "image"

4. copy the ghost folder to USB.

5. boot from usb and type g:\ghost32. exe filepreservation command and image deploy command.

 

Is it possible to use file preservation on USB or not?

Your response will be highly appreciated.

 

Thank you!

Thomas Baird's picture

First, what if you do NOT use FilePreservation - just use the defaults for the image?  Does that work?

My guess is that file preservation DOES work on USB, but there are catches to it.  I've a coworker who I believe is working on that, and I'll check, but it would be useful to know if it's just file-preservation that is making this fail.

Thanks!

Thomas Baird
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Marilou's picture

Yes, it works perfectly fine and we have done several deployments using USB without file preservation.

I don't know if the file preservation on USB have really failed because the process of aligning and moving of preserve files has been stuck for 2 hours and base on our experience the moving and aligning process should have been faster because the files to be preserve is not that large (16GB).

When we have cancelled the process the files got corrupted (too bad).

 

Thomas Baird's picture

There are a number of restrictions on file preservation that must be followed or it doesn't work.  HOWTO84004 discusses it in detail and it's possible you ran into one of the "doesn't work" scenarios.  I don't know, but it's worth a review just in case.

Thomas Baird
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Yes, able to help people beyond the forum if need be.