Create Ghost Boot CD/DVD for Restoring/Creating Archives to Isilon
I'm sure there must be a thread on this issue but I could not find it anywhere in the search. So I updated my account information and decided to create a new thread/post.
Symantec Ghost Console: 220.127.116.116
Scenario: I have a Dell 2950 Windows Server 2003 with HW RAID. 6 drives: 0,1 (RAID 0) C$ (System drives). 2,3,4,5 (RAID10) D$ application/data drive. Dual static IP's (DHCP is not available) Isilon mass storage available.
I am building a server that will be deployed to a stand alone, secured network. Prior to shipping the system, after everything has been finalized, I have created an 8+ GB .GHO (with Ghost compression) file from the Ghost Console to the server's D$ drive. It restores like a champ, no problems, very cast (from D$ to C$) when using the ghost console.
However, when I followed the instructions here (as there will be no Ghost Console available):
I was puzzled by the lack of .ghs files and only a .gho. How do I split the existing .gho file into 2 GB segments as stated in the instructions? Or is it not/no longer required? Can I simply use ImageBurn and span the .iso across 3 dvd's and Ghost will prompt me for the rest of the .gho file on the other disks that the .gho resides?
With this confusion, I decided to simply create a boot CD/DVD to either boot and restore using the .gho file stored on D$. But then, to protect from a complete failure, I want the boot media to have the option (or perhaps create a 2nd boot media) to connect to the Isilon (fixed IP) to restore the image across the internal network. Has anyone done this? The field SE needs to be able to do this to both restore to the image in the event of a failure, but also will need to re-snap a known good image after patches/upgrades to either the D$ (to be moved to the Isilon) or directly to the Isilon (So I will need to create boot media to do this). I thought this would be easier than maintaining many DVD's, somehow splitting the .gho (if that's what I now need to do) into many .ghs files.
Thanks very much for any and all help in advance.