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How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
May 5th, 2009 at 9:37am
 
I want to make a self-installing ghost image that can be burnt to DVD or other optical media. An image that can automatically restore without user intervention.

I came across some information that this can be scripted, with batch files, etc. How do I get to do this?

I need this. Pliz help
 
 
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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #1 - May 24th, 2009 at 9:25am
 
create a ghost 2003 boot floppy.

boot computer.

leave floppy in drive.

follow instructions to make a bootable dvd.
 
 
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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #2 - May 24th, 2009 at 12:39pm
 
And?

And?

And?

That, as far as it goes, will result in a Ghost boot DVD that will boot either to a dos prompt or to Ghost.
Then the user must navigate through Ghost to pick the file to restore and the place to restore it TO.

Hey, that's cool for experienced Ghost users, but for a complete novice, it could be somewhere between difficult and impossible.  Definitely, NOT an automatic restore.

In the autoexec.bat file on the boot DVD there would need to be the Ghost.exe file followed by the necessary switches to do the restore automatically.
Which, means that same info would have to be already programmed into the boot floppy, from which the DVD was made.

That's not my way of running a Ghost restore, so I've never personally done it, but that does seem to be the way that it would have to be done.

Also, I'd think that to set up the restore command line, you'd also have to know the exact name of the backup image file that's going to be restored.
When Ghost 2003 makes a backup to a DVD, it assigned its own file name for the backup image.
At least, it always does for me.

I hope there's someone here that's already done this, who could give a more comprehensive tutorial on how to set it up.

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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #3 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 3:04am
 
Hey, those who are still interested in this idea. This can be done with NightOwl's Roost guide to Bootable CD/DVD without floppy.

Its quite fun and very cool. Its just a matter of time and patience. I experienced a few issues, like incompatible drivers. But there are good guys here on the forum who are much willing to assist anybody.

The topic:
Help:Bootable CD/DVD without floppy errors

its all about what I went through
 
 
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Reply #4 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 4:31am
 
By-the-way it  takes two guides to make this work:

NightOwl's Guide to Creating Bootable CD/DVDs

http://nightowl.radified.com/bootcd/bootcdintro.html

One step recovery using Symantec Ghost

http://www.esnips.com/web/kaviteshsingh/
But here you don't take everything; just the section "EDITING THE START-UP FILE TO AUTOMATE RECOVERY"

also check out Symantec's site for command-line switches. Its better to download the ghost-ref-guides:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/on-technology.nsf/docid/1998082612540625
 
 
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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #5 - Jul 3rd, 2009 at 9:39am
 
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Thanks for sharing the results of your efforts.  Good to hear of *success*!

See here for the companion thread to this report:  Help: Bootable CD/DVD without Floppy errors?
 

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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #6 - Jul 14th, 2009 at 3:37pm
 
I already made a ghost image can be restore automatically without any intervention, which mean:
Just put the CD or DVD in dvd-rom and that’s it, it'll restore automatically without pushing any buttons.
The problem is, my English is so bad, how could I explain it to u.
 
 
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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #7 - Jul 14th, 2009 at 4:19pm
 
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The problem is, my English is so bad, how could I explain it to u.

Post the contents of your *config.sys* and *autoexec.bat* files (open those boot files with Notepad--copy and paste to the reply box here on the forum).

And post a list of the boot files in the hidden boot sector of your bootable optical disc.

I suspect the DOS command lines are in English--and we should be able to see what the steps are.  And we can then ask questions, if needed!
 

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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #8 - Jul 14th, 2009 at 5:42pm
 
OK, here it is

config.sys
Code:
device=oakcdrom.sys /d:GMzyzoom
lastdrive=z


autoexec.bat
Code:
@ECHO OFF
mscdex.exe /d:GMzyzoom /l:x /m:16 /v
X:\ghost.bat


I don't know what u mean
Quote:
And post a list of the boot files in the hidden boot sector of your bootable optical disc.


so I think u meant the files within bootfile.bif
Code:
autoexec.bat
command.com
config.sys
io.sys
mouse.com
mouse.ini
mscdex.exe
msdos.sys
oakcdrom.sys


and the files in the main cd are:
ghost.bat
ghost.exe
xxxxxxx.GHO

ghost.bat
Code:
X:\ghost.exe -clone,mode=pload,src=X:\xxxxxxx.GHO:1,dst=1:1 -sure 



above will restore the image to the first HDD - First Partition which mean C partition.

of course you can change it to whatever partition or HDD you want.

And I am ready for any queries  Wink

 
 
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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #9 - Jul 15th, 2009 at 7:53am
 
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So, What is your opinion?

 
 
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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #10 - Jul 15th, 2009 at 8:48am
 
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Great post--looks complete and straight forward!

Quote:
so I think u meant the files within bootfile.bif

You are correct.

To create the bootable optical disc--what software are you using?  Are there any tricky spots that need clarification on how to do it?
 

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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #11 - Jul 15th, 2009 at 10:10am
 
I worked on this for 3 days
There are no tricky spots, it’s all clear
I used two programs to get it worked
MagicISO, http://www.magiciso.com
WinImage, http://www.winimage.com

By the way, I made another 1, I put the file ghost.bat within boot file, which mean two files remain in the main cd
ghost.exe
xxxxxxx.GHO

U can use whatever version of ghost.exe
And we can take image instead of restore by using this in ghost.bat
Code:
X:\ghost.exe -clone,mode=pdump,src=1:1,dst=D:\xxxxxxx.gho -z9 -split=700 -sure 



Of course we can play with switches to change anything.

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Re: How do I make a self-installing ghost image?
Reply #12 - Jul 16th, 2009 at 12:50am
 
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Quote:
I worked on this for 3 days

There is a *learning curve*--it takes time to understand how to use the Ghost command line correctly--and how to use those programs to create the bootable optical disc--but, with examples like yours, it should be easy for anyone truly interested in doing this!
 

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