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Ghost: Norton or Symantec?

Hi,

I'm a avid computer user and inspiring PC technician. I've been looking at the Ghost back-up and imaging software after hearing about for some time now and would like to implement it's features in my regular or professional work.

However after soon hearing that there are two types of Ghost, Norton Ghost and Symantec Ghost, I've become stuck on which one I should get.

What I need to be able to do it the follow:

    • Create multiple images of different computers/hard drives
    • Image multiple computers/hard drives
    • Be able to run an image from a CD, Flash Drive, Portable Hard Drive
    • Possibly create a Hardware Independent Image to image on other computers.
    • Be compatible with Windows 7 Home Premium & Windows XP Home

Can anyone please help point me into the right direction for this?

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Kudos1 Stats

Re: Ghost: Norton or Symantec?

Norton Ghost is for consumers with no Restore Anywhere function.

Symantec Ghost is for enterprise users with the ability to restore to different hardware.

It sounds like Symantec Ghost or Norton Ghost's cousin Symantec System Recovery (with Restore Anywhere) is what you need.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Ghost: Norton or Symantec?


TechYouth12 wrote:

Hi,

I'm a avid computer user and inspiring PC technician. I've been looking at the Ghost back-up and imaging software after hearing about for some time now and would like to implement it's features in my regular or professional work.

However after soon hearing that there are two types of Ghost, Norton Ghost and Symantec Ghost, I've become stuck on which one I should get.

What I need to be able to do it the follow:

    • Create multiple images of different computers/hard drives
    • Image multiple computers/hard drives
    • Be able to run an image from a CD, Flash Drive, Portable Hard Drive
    • Possibly create a Hardware Independent Image to image on other computers.
    • Be compatible with Windows 7 Home Premium & Windows XP Home

Can anyone please help point me into the right direction for this?


Welcome,

All of this information is good for today 3/18/2012 only.

Ghost15 is an older product which has a number of limitations which should be overcome with the next seervice pack or version - whichever comes first. It is not regularly updated as is SSR.

Symantec System Restore, which is a commercial product, is current. I cannot address all of your questions about it because I do not use it as a network admin who would need several features you mention. The Norton commeercial site is here:

http://www.symantec.com/connect/ You can learn more about SSR here: http://www.symantec.com/system-recovery-server-edition 

If you are going to be using a backup/imaging product SSR is the only real choice Norton offers at this time.

Hope this helps. We'll be here when you need us. Til then

Stay well and surf safe

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Ghost: Norton or Symantec?

I have looked at the Enterprise Ghost Solution Suite and though that is what I needed. However I am not sure if it can support Windows 7 Home (Premium & Basic) and Windows XP Home. Basically I need software that can support 'Home' user software.

I have checked into that SSR product, but it sounds/looks rather confusing. Will this product allow to make images of computers and restore them to not only that computer, but other computers as well? I really don't need a Back-Up product per-see, I need a 'Imaging' product...

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Ghost: Norton or Symantec?


TechYouth12 wrote:

I have looked at the Enterprise Ghost Solution Suite and though that is what I needed. However I am not sure if it can support Windows 7 Home (Premium & Basic) and Windows XP Home. Basically I need software that can support 'Home' user software.

I have checked into that SSR product, but it sounds/looks rather confusing. Will this product allow to make images of computers and restore them to not only that computer, but other computers as well? I really don't need a Back-Up product per-see, I need a 'Imaging' product...


Hi,

I've tested SSR on W7x64 Premium and it works well. I have not tested it on the other operating systems. If you really only need an imaging solution then you might want to look at some of the other vendors who focus on that aspect. Both the Norton and the Symantec products are focused on providing backup security for your data. They may not have all of the other possible bells and whistles included.

Stay well and surf safe

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Ghost: Norton or Symantec?

I'm pretty sure both products I linked to support XP, and all versions of Windows 7. I'm sure someone in sales could answer positively. Both products support restoring to different hardware.

If you run sysprep on your PC before capturing an image, maybe Microsoft's ImageX would work for you. It is part of the Windows Automatic Installation Kit (WAIK)..

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Ghost: Norton or Symantec?

There is a huge difference between "A Hardware Independent Image" and restoring an image onto different hardware.

If you want to be a good technician you need to learn about what the problems really are and how to change them.

Basically the only big problems are the hal (hardware abstraction layer) and the different hard drive controller drivers.

Once those 2 things have been changed, windows will boot and happily redetect all the other hardware.

Once you figured those out, rather than being limited to a certain image program you will be able to use any image program rather than just a more expensive one that does all the work for you.   You'll never be a good tech if you just buy specialized programs for everything and if you get a job working for a big company your going to need to use what they got until your in a positition to be able to tell them what they need.

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Ghost: Norton or Symantec?

I understand that a HII is different than restoring a image to different hardware. What I want is. Apiece of software from a brand I know well that can do the job.

Personally I want the software so I can grab images of any PC or hard drive and have these images ready incase the PC decides to crash. They will act like a back-up so I know if all fails I can use the image and restore.

As a tech, I want to have a restore image to provide to users I build PCs for on a portable medium like a compact disc.

However I will look into Imaging software to see what is out there, and I will research more about the hal configuration file and the possibility of getting around it.

I would still like some more input on this question, between the two softwares.

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