Create a Ghost image of the Microsoft RIS Boot

Oktober 4, 2008 at 6:21 pm 12 komentar

Managing RIS servers and clients remotely

You can use Remote Installation Services (RIS) to install copies of the Windows 2000 Professional operating system to clients throughout your organization from a central server. In addition, you can use Remote Boot Disk Generator to create a remote boot disk. A remote boot disk uses a floppy drive on the client to start an operating system installation from a server.

You can manage RIS servers and clients remotely and create remote boot disks using Windows 2003 Administration Tools.

With Windows 2003 Administration Tools, included on the Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2003 Advanced Server compact disc sets, you can manage a server remotely from any computer that is running Windows 2003. Windows 2003 Administration Tools contains Microsoft Management Console snap-ins and other administrative tools that are used to manage computers running Windows 2003 Server, and which are not provided with Windows 2000 Professional.

Once Windows 2003 Administration Tools is installed on a computer, an administrator can open the server administrative tools and begin managing a remote server from that computer.

Prepare this Server

To successfully install and use the Remote Installation Services, you will need :

         This Computer to be member of  Domain

         An active DHCP and DNS server on your network

         A windows CD or a shared folder that contains the installation files

         Client computer that have either a PXE boot ROM or a network adapter Supported by the boot floppy

To create and restore images

         Using GhostCasting from Symantec Ghost  to Create and Restore images

         Install GhostCast Server (Ghostsrv.exe). Pc Server

         Install ClientSetup (ClientSetup.exe). Pc Client.  Just for create image only from PC client.  If restore images you will not need.

         Create a boot disk that contains Ghost.exe for the client computers

Picture 1.  Windows Components



Picture 2.  Menu Start RIS Setup


 Picture 3. Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard


Picture 4. Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard


Picture 5. Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard

Picture 6. Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard

Picture 7. Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard

Picture 8. Remote Installation Services Setup Wizard




Using GhostCasting to create and restore images

1. About GhostCasting

GhostCasting lets multiple computers running Symantec Ghost receive the same information over a computer network simultaneously. The GhostCast Server works with Ghost.exe to create an image file of a model computer, or restore an image file onto a number of client computers.

The GhostCast Server supports three forms of data transfer for transferring files:

  • Unicasting
  • Direct Broadcasting
  • Multicasting

GhostCasting makes workstation migration and rollouts more efficient and may eliminate replicated network traffic. You can use it through the Windows interface, command-line switches, batch files, or a combination of all three methods.

Two applications are used in GhostCasting: one on the network server and another on every client workstation to be restored or backed up.

  • The GhostCast Server restores image files to multiple clients or creates an image file from a single connected client.
  • On a client workstation, Ghost.exe receives and writes the image file to the local disk.

GhostCasting supports:

  • Ethernet networks
  • Token ring networks
  • Image file creation
  • Multicast-enabled routers
  • Automatic IP address selection using BOOTP or DHCP
  • Session start scheduling
  • Partition-only GhostCasting
  • Multiple, simultaneous sessions, or one session per server


2. Preparing for Ghostcasting


Before GhostCasting, you must set up the required software and hardware

To Preparing for Ghostcasting

  1. Set up the network hardware

         Install the network adapter

         Connect cabling.

         Set up the network adapter using the manufacturer’s installation program.

         Run the network adapter test program to check the network adapter and cabling


  1. Determine the IP and networking settings

         BOOTP/DHCP vs. manual configuration

         Network adapter drivers.

         Other overall requirements.


3. Creating a GhostCast Server


The GhostCast Server creates or distributes a copy of an image file to Symantec Ghost clients in a session composed of one server, a single image file, and one or more similar clients. The session name acts as a key. The session name identifies the session, and is used by clients to indicate the session that they are to join.


To create a GhostCast Server

  1. Install GhostCast Server (Ghostsrv.exe).
  2. Create a boot disk that contains Ghost.exe for the client computers


Picture 10.Symantec Ghost 8.0 Corporate Installer


Picture 11. Symantec Ghost 8.0 Corporate Installshield Wizard

Picture 12. Symantec Ghost 8.0 Corporate Installshield Wizard


Picture 13. Symantec Ghost 8.0 Corporate Installshield Wizard


Picture 14. Symantec Ghost 8.0 Corporate Installshield Wizard

Picture 15.  Symantec Ghost 8.0 Corporate Installshield Wizard Completed

4. Microsoft RIS Boot Option


Ghost Boot Wizard to Create for Starting Client Machines


Picture 16.  Ghost Boot Wizard









Select the Microsoft RIS boot option of  boot package you wish to create for starting your client machines


Picture 17.  Introduction


Network Interface Card

Select the network Driver for the make and model of the network card that is installed on the client computer(s). If the driver is not listed, click Add to add a new driver templete

Picture 18.  Network Interface Card








Preparing for DOS  Version boot 98

Select The version of DOS that you want to use. PC-DOS is included in the Ghost Boot Wizard and requires no additional files. To use MS-DOS , you must add the required system files. This requires a system formatted floppy disk


Picture 19.  DOS  Version



Insert a windows 95 or windows 98 system formatted floppy disk into drive A. Disk formatted by other operating systems are not supported.


Note: If you choose to use MS-DOS for console clients using the virtual Partition, the version you have just     installed is the version  that will be used

Picture 20.  Preparing for DOS  Version boot 98

External storage support

Ghost has buil-in support for accessing external storage devices. Such as FireWire, USB or Zip drives.

Some BIOS’s may limit access to USB or FireWire external storage devices.

To enable Ghost to override the BIOS and gain full access to devices, select the appropriate option.


Picture 21.  External storage support




RIS Menu Details

Enter the details of menu item that will appear on the boot menu when a client computer is boot off the network using RIS


Picture 23.  RIS Menu Details




Review  Symantec Ghost Wizard

Review the setting in the detail box. To change settings, click Back. To start the disk creation process, click next


Picture 24.  Review




The new option has been added to the RIS boot menu. Press the start Again button to start the wizard from the beginning, or Finished to Exit.


Picture 25.  Review




5. Starting a GhostCast session

After setting up the server and preparing the boot disk for the client computers, you can run a GhostCast session.

To start a GhostCast session

1.      On the GhostCast Server computer, on the Windows taskbar, click Start > Programs > Symantec Ghost >   GhostCast Server. (Picture 25)

2.      In the GhostCast Server window, in the Session Name box, type a session name. (Picture 26)

A GhostCast session name can be any alphanumeric sequence of characters and must be unique on your network. You can use spaces on the GUI but not with command-line switches. Session names are not case-sensitive

Picture 25.  Starting a GhostCast session



Network Settings

Enter the network settings for the client that is to be booted from this boot package. Your network administrator will be able to tell you what values are required.


Picture 22.  Network Settings.




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