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How to Create a Bootable CD/DVD That Includes the Image On the Same CD/DVD

Created: 10 Nov 2008 • Updated: 08 Feb 2013 | 18 comments
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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, or later.

Title: 'How to apply the Live Update for Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 build 2141.'
Document ID: 2008091213121160

Things you will need before you start:

  • A blank CD/DVD
  • A completed ghost image (.gho)

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 or later.

  • Select Windows PE. Click next.
  • Select Standard Ghost Boot Disk. Click next.
  • Leave the defaults for Client type. Click next.
  • Leave defaults for Network Client Configuration. Click next.
  • Leave defaults for Network Client Address unless you need to set a static IP. Click next.
  • Select Create ISO Image. Give it a name and location. Check the box marked Support for bootable CDs/DVDs. Click next.
    IMPORTANT: Click Add... and then click Add... again and add your .GHO file. In the Destination folder on media field, type "image" and then click OK.
  • 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:)
  • Open the image folder.
  • Select your .GHO file. Click open.
  • Select your destination drive/partition. Click OK. Click OK again.
  • Proceed with disk restore.

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heyvoon's picture

Briliant! Now! how can I automate this process??

Instead of doing the 8 steps after you boot the DVD. How can I automate this?

Something like...

1 - Boot from DVD
2 - Ghost loads up and automaticaly start the Image Deploy without user intervention.
3 - Ghost finishes the deployment and restarts the PC.


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PatPatriot55's picture

I include an install.bat file during the "additional files" step of GBW then copy it into x:\ghost as part of the Configuration Files "START.BAT" (last step) of GBW. The last thing I do in the START.bat is to start the install.bat file. In the install is the ghost clone (example below), logic to determine the boot media and make the user repsond (confirm) they are going to blow away the contents of the hard drive.

x:\ghost\ghost32.exe -clone,mode=load,src=%BOOT_Media%\%IMG_NAME%.gho,dst=1,sze1=F,sze2=V -sure

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darylliney70's picture

Your instructions are great, however I am having a struggle, ghost loads and attempts to auto run however my gho file seems to be on the usb stick i have created how to i get it to sit within the ghost directory on x: ?

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PatPatriot55's picture

Make sure the path points to the boot device where the .gho resides. in the ghost clone example src=%BOOT_Media%\%IMG_NAME%.gho

Early in the .bat the %BOOT_Media% could be determined several ways, for instance:

if exist C:\%IMG_NAME%.gho set BOOT_Media=C:
if exist D:\%IMG_NAME%.gho set BOOT_Media=D:
if exist E:\%IMG_NAME%.gho set BOOT_Media=E:
if exist F:\%IMG_NAME%.gho set BOOT_Media=F:
if exist G:\%IMG_NAME%.gho set BOOT_Media=G:  

and so on, or:

for %%f in (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:\%IMG_NAME%.gho BOOT_Media=%%f:

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darylliney70's picture

Just one more issue, when applying an win xp image using this method and ghost suite, windows does not load is there something else i need do do for this image to apply correctly.

I do not get a windows splash screen and when i look at the drive contents all seems fine, any ideas?

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PatPatriot55's picture

I've not seen that before. I assume your ghosting onto same hardware. How many hard drives are in the target workstation? If more that 1 make sure the "blind ghost" your executing is landing on the right disk.

Only other thing I do is immediately after completing the ghost clone I execute ghostwalk for a unique SID. eg.

x:\ghost\ghwalk32.exe /AV=all /CN=%Lbug% /IGNORE_DOMAIN /sure

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tblaksley's picture

I followed the process outlined above, and get an error message when the iso file is building. It copies my image files successfully, and then loads up some other files. But, in the window it says the following:

Preparing disk image:
From: c:\documents and settings\administrator\local settings\ghostxxxxx\image\ghostfile.gho
To: Image

And then it kicks out an error message:
An unexprected error has occurred. Please check that the target is not read-only and that there is enough space on disk.

I click okay, and I then get a choice to Retry, or Cancel. If I Retry, the process starts over and the same message. If I Cancel, well, you know what happens. It stops.

I checked the Temp folder, and there was only 28mb when I began. There is 26.3gb of free space on the C drive. I found that the Image folder that Ghost creates is read-only. I've attempted to uncheck read-only and Retry, but get the same message.

Any ideas why this might not be working right?

Please help!!

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tblaksley's picture

I figured out that Win-PE is far better to use than PC-DOS for this process. In fact, if you edit Win-PE, most of the drivers are already included for networking and storage, and it allows you to eliminate ones you don't need, add ones listed or add what isn't there. I've found using this, creating an ISO image and adding image files to the iso image works best. Then when restoring, you can boot to the first disk, then continue to the next disk, if necessary.

I am finding that if your image filename is more than eight characters, when you go to select the image to restore from, you get an error 1909 from it.

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tblaksley's picture

Based on this article, PC-DOS does not like adding image files to the boot package:

I'm going to try using Win-PE as my Pre-OS to see if this allows this to work. I'll update with results.

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Jamesampm's picture

I have followed thes instructions and when I use the DVD to boot up the workstation it loads into a Vista looking desktop with a dosbox and does nothing more.

the dosbox menubar has the following string "x:windows\system32\cmd.exe - startnet.cmd

Is there something I am missing?

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designinteractive's picture

hi all

I have installed ghost 15 and i need to create .gho image file.It starts with only backup and create symantec image file for backup not for ghost image file

I need to create a bootable  media

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chaitan123's picture

when i am trying to create iso file , it is showing a message that " The ISO could not be created.Please verify that the destination path is writable". My email id is

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DioTolomei's picture

Pretty straightforward, thank you!

I've been looking for a tutorial like this for ages and reading it from the Symantec website from a Symantec Employee makes me feel even more confortable to follow! It worked like a threat, so, again, thanks!

I just wanna live til I got life. I don't want to live forever.

- Dionisio Tolomei.

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Ch@gGynelL_12's picture

How about for USB booting? Any tutorial for this?

Thank you.



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CBaelum's picture

To make a USB stick bootable, follow this procedure:

Insert the USB stick in the machine

Run a command prompt as administrator

Start Diskpart.exe

Type the following commands

  • list disk
  • Find the USB stick's number, mine normally says 1
  • select disk <number>
  • clean (this will erase all data on the disk, so be sure you have chosen the right one)
  • create partition primary
  • select partition 1
  • active
  • format fs=ntfs quick
  • assign
  • exit

Now open the ISO file with the WinPE files, and copy all to the USB stick, and try to boot from it.

A WinPE ISO should contain:

  • [BOOT] folder
  • BOOT folder
  • SOURCES folder
  • BOOTMGR.exe

 I have the ghost solution that comes with Symantec Client Management Suite, and the bootwiz that I can run has some different options than described in the first article, but I end up with an ISO file, that contains the required files for booting into WinPE.

In the bootwiz program that I have available, I can customize the resulting WinPE ISO file, to make it run ghost and other things.

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FeCSoares's picture

Great tutorial CBaelum! Wish Symantec guys would make your tutorial a post so I could bookmark it for future reference. Thanks for working this out for us.

Fernando Cavendish

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