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Created: 05 Apr 2010 • Updated: 06 Oct 2010 | 2 comments

Hi

I have a Win 2003 Server Std Edition which was running RAID mirror. Drive 0 failed and Drive 1 has become a non-raid drive (drive 1 is now the bootable main drive and currently isn't being mirrored!). Want to create an image of Drive 1 before I re-mirror it (just in case something goes horribly awry).

Was advised to buy Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 because it works with 2003 Server but I'm totally confused where to start/not to start. There are too many options for installation, yet I have finally found something on Symantec website telling me what NOT to install.

Sooooo, what do I choose to install so I can simply do a full image of Drive 1?

Sorry it's such a basic question, but the tutorials are all Vista-focused, the Release Notes say something about not loading win32.drv on server os, and the manuals refer to lots of features which the Symantec Minimum System requirements state should not be installed on a server.

Any hints/clues would be very much appreciated.

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EdT's picture

I'm not up to speed with all the options available with GSS 2.5, but what I would be aiming for, to avoid any risk to your existing system, is to install GSS2.5 on another system and see if it is possible to create a bootable CD or DVD that includes any drivers required by the hard disk controllers on your server.
Ideally, your server could then be booted from the optical media, and the relevant drive imaged to a USB connected hard disk (or other installed drive).

The Articles tab on Connect can be searched for an article titled "Adventures in WinPE" as this details a procedure for creating bootable WinPE media and installing additional drivers and how to use ImageX to create images (similar to Ghost but free).
GSS2.5 also uses WinPE to create its boot systems so the techniques are similar, albeit GSS makes it slightly easier to install additional drivers.

If your issue has been solved, please use the "Mark as Solution" link on the most relevant thread.

westwind's picture

Hi

Yes, I did think of installing Ghost on an XP PC which is networked to the server but was seeking to debamboozle myself about what were the critical elements that need to be installed, then decide where they should be installed.  It might even be that GSS was overkill and that Ghost 2003 would have worked just as well?

Either way, I just need to know the minimum installation so I can image the server drive before setting up RAID again.

Cheers and thank you very much for your advice - will certainly look into doing a bootable CD/DVD.