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How to create a Universal Boot Disk with Ghost Solution Suite

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Ghost Solution Suite

Issue/Introduction

You want to know how to create a boot disk to use on computers that have different Network Interface Cards (NICs).

Resolution

Create a Network Boot Package using the Universal Packet Driver v2.0. This loads a driver that is based on the Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) standards.

Below is an excerpt from the "Ghost Solution Suite 2.0 Implementation Guide":

"The UNDI driver can replace a specific driver in most of the following situations:
  • If the computer has been manufactured within the last two or three years
  • If the computer supports network booting using PXE (version 2.1)


Note: Symantec Ghost supports any version of PXE when booting a computer over a network from a PXE server.

The UNDI drivers support multiple network interface cards (NIC) in a computer. If you have more than one NIC in your computer, and you do not use the UNDI
driver, then it is possible that Ghost might not select the correct card. If you do not want to use the UNDI driver, then you should edit the "Protocol.ini" file to select
the correct card.

See "Symantec Ghost support for multiple network interface cards" on page 286.

The UNDI driver installation loads a driver from the option ROM of a network card. If any one of the following is disabled in the BIOS, you must enable the option
in the BIOS before using the UNDI driver:
  • Option ROM
  • PXE
  • UNDI


Symantec provides a Universal Packet Driver, but to create a mapped network boot package, a Universal NDIS Driver must be provided. Download this
from the "3Com" Site at:
http://support.3com.com/infodeli/tools/nic/mba.htm

When creating the mapped network boot package you are prompted for the location of the "Universal NDIS Driver."


References
"How to make a Network Boot Disk using the Ghost Boot Wizard" at:

http://service1.symantec.com/support/on-technology.nsf/docid/2007100410350860

"How to obtain a copy of the Symantec Ghost or Norton Ghost manual" at:
http://service1.symantec.com/support/on-technology.nsf/docid/2003020611164825

Other "Ghost Solution Suite" Documentation can be found at:
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/documentation.jsp?language=english&view=manuals&pid=52023