Has anyone ever tried loading ghost inside the Kace KBE?  I would like to be able to either have it show up as a menu option on the recovery environment or be able to map a network drive and run ghost from the KBE command line.  We use ghost to ensure that all of our systems are backed up prior to migration.  Is this possible at all?

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Use the KBE Manipulator to upload the ISO for the Ghost utility.
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  • Just bear in mind that Ghost licensing requires you to have one license for each machine that you run it on.
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use the KBE manipulator to upload that ISO.

Answered 10/23/2013 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Wow, that was pretty sweet! I followed this guide:

    http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH194877

    created a WinPE environment and now have ghost loading automatically via PXE Boot. Thanks! I was trying to use the KBE yesterday, however it kept coming back as an error. Not realizing that WinPE uses a 64 bit architecture.
    • there is both 32 and 64, make sure you have the right ghost files for the bit level.
    • Thanks for the information it really helped me. I follow the link and here is what I did. I followed steps one by one until I got to step 8. When I modified startnet.bat as the tutorial says I loaded to K2000 and boot a machine it gave an error, I had to call ghost32.exe manually, so I tought script is not calling ghost32. So I added to startnet the following
      wpeinit
      net use r: \\x.x.x.x\userdata
      x:\ghost32.exe

      I added the net use command because I also wanted to automatically map to a NAS to do backups. I completed the tutorial and added to k2000 and it worked as I wanted. What I love is the fact it maps to a NAS and I can easily deploy this to the RSA and I can guide end user or remote with VNC to back up a computer and it does not matter if the computer does not boot into windows. Thank you all for the info, I wanted to contribute a little.
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OK, that's an idea. Would this have to be a bootable iso, and how would I launch it once the KBE is up?  Can I create a custom menu item somewhere or does it need to be launched from the recovery dos command line?

Answered 10/22/2013 by: choristersys
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  • add your menu call to the startnet.cmd before you exit
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I took a different approach.  Use the KACE Boot Environmnet, but create a WinPE bootable hard drive image that contains the Ghost utilities.  I followed this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722114(v=ws.10).aspx

Once I had a working 32bit WinPE on a HD I added the Ghost32.exe and tools from a bootable USB stick, and then I image it up using the K-Image format.  When I brought the image back down it wouldn't boot.  Which led to my bright idea.

Create a pre-image deployment task that contains ghost32.exe and a batch file that maps a drive and launched ghost32:

 

net use i: \\server\share\path-to-GHO /user:DOMAIN\USER PASSWORD

ghost32.exe -clone,mode=load,src=I:\images\WinPEx86.GHO,dst=1 -SURE -BATCH -AUTO -RB

I then added that task onto my broken WinPE, and now that I'm thinking about it you could add this as a pre installation task on any system image - skip building a custome WinPE.  Ghost will deploy and reboot, before the KACE has a chance to finish deploying the image.

Answered 10/30/2013 by: BrianWhitley
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Follow the steps in this TechNet article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722114(v=ws.10).aspx to put your WinPE image onto a hard disk. Boot the KACE PXE environment and capture an image of the WinPE. Use Kace's PXE to deploy the image back to a HD and it can launch ghost. Or you could just add ghost as a pre-installation task and attach it to any image task. As long as ghost reboots, then KACE will not finish installing a different image. I used that trick to get my Ghost Images down to machines before I recaptured them with KACE.
Answered 11/12/2013 by: BrianWhitley
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If you can export the ghost utility as an .iso, you can build a custom KBE with it.

Answered 10/22/2013 by: nheyne
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OK, so I created a bottable WinPE ISO that has ghost32.exe injected into the iso.  It's set up to load automatically after winpe is initialized.  How would I get that ISO uploaded into KACE?  the media manager only seems to upload the generic winpe.wim file and create its own environment

Answered 10/22/2013 by: choristersys
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  • You need to use the KBE manipulator. This will allow you to upload ISO you have created. Like DBAN, GHOST, etc...
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