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Self extracting image

Created: 30 Apr 2009 • Updated: 21 May 2010 | 5 comments

Hello everyone,

I have ghost 11.0. How do I create a self extracting and/or self installing image? I would like to give the CD to a teacher, so she can install the image in the lab just in case there is a problem. How do I create it without a floppy drive? The computers nor my computer has a floppy drive. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Rick

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David.P@TAMU's picture

Make a bootable CD that runs a clone command and put the image file you are installing on the CD. 

You can do this with the ghostboot wizard. 

1. Choose PC Dos or MS-DOS if you installed it in the wizard then click next. 
2. Pick "CD/DVD Startup Boot Package with Ghost. and click next.
3. The next window shows you what it is executing and you would add the -clone parameters and -batch etc... too apply your image file to the machine For Example:  -clone -mode=restore -src=\IMAGENAME.gho -dst=1 -sure -batch   Then click next
4. It is unlikely you need to mess with anything on the next screen so hit next.
5. On the Select the target for the boot package you can choose ISO (set name of ISO) or CD/DVD rom to directly make a CD and hit next
6. The next screen is where you can add your image file.  To avoid path issues I would not set a folder name. hit next twice and there you go!

The Clone command line will probably have to be tweaked a bit it may not work out of the box.

David.P@TAMU's picture

Lol... well that didnt work as well as I had hoped.  I actually needed to make something like this for testing so I decided to try.  The clone command above needs commas and the DST needs to be 2 for my machines because the CD is 1.  Anyway  the clone fails with an internal inconsistency error. 

Wierd.

Rick P's picture

David,

I appreciate your help. On number 6, the program brings a summary/ review screen, but does not let me make changes to add the file. It allows me to continue to create the iso file by clicking next then click finish. Can you please advise?

As far as the commas, I added a comma after each section of the command part.

Rick

David.P@TAMU's picture

Hrm,  I apologize.  This may be new to GSS 2.5 ghost 11.5.

I never really use their CD building tools I just make my own using something like BartPE.  You can use tools like ultraISO to edit the general ISO the boot wizard creates and add your image file to it that way.  It will have a different drive designator etc...based on whatever the CD is assigning your CDrom drive.  In that case though you will have to be sure that the CD mounts  your CD drive properly.  The one the ghost boot wizard generates for me does not work on my SATA cd roms.  I know how to fix that by adding extra drivers but I am surprised that symantec doesnt have this covered.

David.P@TAMU's picture

Hrm,  I apologize.  This may be new to GSS 2.5 ghost 11.5.

I never really use their CD building tools I just make my own using something like BartPE.  You can use tools like ultraISO to edit the general ISO the boot wizard creates and add your image file to it that way.  It will have a different drive designator etc...based on whatever the CD is assigning your CDrom drive.  In that case though you will have to be sure that the CD mounts  your CD drive properly.  The one the ghost boot wizard generates for me does not work on my SATA cd roms.  I know how to fix that by adding extra drivers but I am surprised that symantec doesnt have this covered.