Ghost Boot CD is the most important item in GhostCast-ing. You use Ghost Boot CD to boot you computer in order to capture hard drive images or to restore hard drive images previously created with Symantec GhostCast Server.

Ghost Boot CD contains DOS driver of NIC (Network Interface Card) of computer you want to capture/clone the hard drive. Every NIC has its own DOS driver so don’t be panic, if you don’t know what is you NIC model, just go Computer Management of your computer, open Device Manager, you will see your NIC details under Network Adapters. If you don’t have DOS version of your NIC then go to internet and provide your NIC details, 98% you will get it!, you can try here where I get most of my stuff! filewatcher/dot/com.

So, after you have the DOS driver of NIC, you can follow this procedure to create one for yourself. On this example, I am going to use my own laptop which is ACER TM6292 with NIC details: Broadcom Gigabyte B57.

I assumed that you already have Symantec Ghost version 11 installed on your PC and that your PC has CD-ROM. If you don’t have Symantec Ghost software, email me and will send one for you.

Note: Alternatively, you can use this method to create Ghost Boot using USB flash drive instead of using CD-ROM.

  1. Point to your list of program on Start Menu, “Symantec Ghost”, then “Ghost Boot Wizard”.
  2. Click on Network Boot package, “Next”, click on “Add”, Choose “NDIS2 Driver”, then click “OK”. Note: next step is the most important, so read careful and understand before you go forward and choose the right options, there are 2 options:

    Options

    Options

    Options {A}. If the NIC’s DOS driver comes with “oemsetup.inf” & “PROTOCOL.INI”, like showing on the Pic A, then follow this: Click on “Setup”, choose folder where you save DOS files (in my case, I locate to folder “Broadcom Gigabyte B57”), then click on “OK”.

    Options {B}. If the NIC’s DOS driver does not come with “oemsetup.inf” & “PROTOCOL.INI”, like showing on Pic B, then you need to obtain driver name on the internet. The driver name must ended with “$” sign. Look at some examples: Broadcom B57 has driver name: “B57$”, or Intel Gigabyte has driver name: “E1000$” or 3com-3c905cx has driver name: “EL90X$”. After you obtain the correct driver name then follow these instructions: click on “Browse”, and choose location of DOS file (in my case I have in folder B57 and only has 1 dos file there, see Pic B), then on the Driver Name, write driver name of your NIC. (In my case I write “B57$”). See picture bellow, the click “OK”.

  3. Well, after some complicated step (not really…..hahahaha), you have finally get your NIC driver there. Now, you must see “New Driver Template”, that is your newly created driver, so rename that to your respective driver name. In my case I rename it to “Broadcom B57”.
  4. Select on “Broadcom B57” (notes: this is my case, so if you have different name don’t be confuse) and then click “Next
  5. “Use PC default” must be default options, click “Next”
  6. “Symantec Ghost” must be default options and click “Next
  7. Don’t mark anything, just click “Next
  8. Click on options “DHCP must assign IP address” then click “Next
  9. Now, if you want to create a bootable CD click on “Create ISO Image”, then click on “Browse” to locate and define ISO image name, then click on “Next”.
  10. You will see Review of drivers and other information, just click on “Next” to move on.
  11. This step is where your ISO is being created. Click “Finish” upon the completion.
  12. Your Ghost Boot CDs has been created but it is ISO, so next you have to burn it to CD using your favorite CD burner.

Note: If you want to create Bootable USB flash drive instead of creating ISO and burn it to CD, you can prepare at one USB flash drive (at least 32MB, its erasable) and follow the above instruction from step 9.

  • Plug your USB flash drive to PC
  • On the step 9, choose “Format Disk”, and then click on “Next”.
  • This step is review DOS driver so just click on “Next
  • You will prompted to reformatted your USB flash driver, just click on “Yes
  • You will see the progress of reformatting USB and continue for creating bootable USB.
  • Click “Finish” when it ask.
  • You’re done!

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Options {A}. If the NIC’s DOS driver comes with “oemsetup.inf” & “PROTOCOL.INI”, like showing on the Pic A, then follow this: Click on “Setup”, choose folder where you save DOS files (in my case, I locate to folder “Broadcom Gigabyte B57”), then click on “OK”.

Options {B}. If the NIC’s DOS driver does not come with “oemsetup.inf” & “PROTOCOL.INI”, like showing on Pic B, then you need to obtain driver name on the internet. The driver name must ended with “$” sign. Look at some examples: Broadcom B57 has driver name: “B57$”, or Intel Gigabyte has driver name: “E1000$” or 3com-3c905cx has driver name: “EL90X$”. After you obtain the correct driver name then follow these instructions: click on “Browse”, and choose location of DOS file (in my case I have in folder B57 and only has 1 dos file there, see Pic B), then on the Driver Name, write driver name of your NIC. (In my case I write “B57$”). See picture bellow, the click “OK”.

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  3. Max Says:

    Please send me a copy of the Symantec Ghost 11 for creating Ghost boot cd. Thanks.

  4. simon Says:

    I have Ghost & combine Boot CD(Win xp installer, Mini Live Windows and many Tools) , But I can’t USB Boot Stick as like as Original Boot CD Behavior.
    I searched related Subject But I don’t find that. Is it possible?

  5. karthik Says:

    how to ghost from laptop

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