How to Create a USB-based Boot Device With an Image using Ghost Standard Tools
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How to Create a USB-based Boot Device With an Image using Ghost Standard Tools


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Ghost Solution Suite


Ghost Solution Suite 3.x can be used to create a boot device with an image to be restored contained on it. To do this, the Ghost Standard Tools (a separate installation than the one that contains the Ghost Console) must be installed.



Ghost Standard Tools 3.x


Part 1: Creating the Boot Configuration

This part tells how to create a boot configuration for your boot disk. If you have already created on, you may use your existing boot configuration and go to Part 2.

1. Browse to \Program Files (x86)\Symantec\Ghost\Bootwiz and run BootWiz.exe as administrator.

2. Once it launches, click the radio button for "Go to the Boot Disk Creator interface" and then click OK.

3. Choose File > New Configuration.

4. On the screen "Step 1 of 8: Configuration Name", provide a name (and description, if you wish) and select "Windows PE 10" from the drop-down for "Pre-boot Operating System for this Configuration" menu. For OEM Extensions, select "<all>". Then click Next.

5.On the screen "Step 2 of 8: Windows PE Hardware Device Drivers", click Next.

6. On the screen "Step 3 of 8: TCP/IP Protocol Settings", click Next.

7. On the screen "Step 4 of 8: Ghost Solution Suite Server Communication", select the radio buttons for "Use TCP\IP to connect to Ghost Solution Suite Server" and "Local: Run existing WinPE 10 automation agent contained in the local pre-boot environment" and then click Next.

8. On the screen "Step 5 of 8: Network Connection", make sure the domain is selected and the credentials are correct. Then click Next.

9. On the screen "Step 6 of 8: Network Drive Mappings", click Next.

10. On the screen "Step 7 of 8: Optional Components", put a check mark next to WINPE-ENHANCEDSTORAGE-PACKAGE, leave all other default packages as is, and click Next.

11. On the screen "Step 8 of 8: Configuration Summary", click Finish.

12. The newly created configuration may take 5-10 minutes to appear in Boot Disk Creator


Part 2: Creating the Boot Media

This part tells you how to create the necessary boot media.

1. In the Boot Disk Creator (BDC), right-click on your boot configuration and choose Create Boot Disk.

2. On the following page, select "Disk (floppy, USB)" for "Boot Media Type". Choose "Stand-alone boot" as the "Boot Task Type". Plug a USB drive into the computer running bootwiz.exe Select the USB drive in the "disks" dropdown selection, then select the architecture at the bottom (x86/x64). Leave the selection for "Format disk" checked. A warning will appear that contents of the drive will be lost during formatting. Ensure that there is no existing needed data on the USB drive before continuing.

3. After the BDC finishes (expect several minutes), you will have a WinPE 10 USB boot disk. Alternatively, you can create an ISO then convert/burn to USB with Rufus (3rd party program).

Please note: Rufus is a third-party utility. It is not affiliated with Symantec or Broadcom.

4. After that USB boot disk has been created, the remaining space is then available for Ghost images. Copy your Ghost image (noting that Ghost images may consist of several files), and then the disk is ready to perform image deployment directly from the USB disk.


Part 3: Restoring the Image

This part tells you how to restore an image from a USB boot disk with an image.

1. Boot the machine you wish to restore the image to with the boot disk. Ghost will launch. Click OK.

2. From the menu, choose Local > Disk > From Image.

3. It will ask for the source image. The source image will be the USB drive; WinPE will assign it a drive letter. Select the appropriate *.GHO file from that location.

4. Select the destination drive to which you wish to deploy. Note that the drive that is the source for the image is in red text and cannot be selected.

5. Proceed with image restore.