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Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5

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Summary

The Symantec Ghost™ Solution Suite is the industry’s most widely used enterprise imaging and deployment solution with ease-of-use for managing the entire PC lifecycle, including OS deployment with hardware-independent imaging, software distribution, easy migration of user settings and profiles, and secure PC retirement.

Features
Use Ghost’s proven hardware-independent imaging capabilities to significantly accelerate day-to-day imaging and deployment needs. This Windows migration software can also migrate all your client systems, including Windows 7, to the latest operating system, all from a single management console.

Industry leading hardware independent imaging
  • DeployAnywhere™ technology inserts hardware drivers at the appropriate time during imaging to support a large variety of hardware configurations
  • Creates file-based images of any FAT, NTFS, EXT2, andEXT3 file systems
  • Supports logical volumes on Windows and Linux
  • Facilitates easy image exploration and extraction of individual files in file-based images, while also allowing the addition, deletion, or modification of any file within any FAT-based image
  • Enables sector-based imaging with SmartSector Technology for creating an exact and efficient image of a system that can be used for rapid OS deployment or system recovery
  • Hot imaging creates base images from a live system to ensure that the most up-to-date image is deployed every time
  • Image compression saves valuable disk and network space, while significantly reducing the time required to create and restore images over a network
  • Support for additional image files, such as VMware VMDK, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery V2I, and PowerQuest PQI images

Windows and PC migration
  • Symantec™ AutoInstall reduces the time and cost of managing software distribution across a network by providing an efficient means of installing application packages and updates
  • Custom templates expedite the overall migration process
  • Access rights and transport encryption prevent
    unauthorized access, providing secure transfer andstorage of user data
  • Web-based self-service tool for user migrations simplifies implementation, maintenance, and user-based operations
  • Client staging area minimizes network storage andbandwidth issues

Systems management
  • Hardware and software inventory capabilities provide administrators with client machine details that allow them to more effectively manage their image and software deployment, including the ability to design provisioning tasks based on specific client attributes
  • Client staging area preserves contents during a cloning or restore to ensure an original state “onboard” recovery solution for every PC, thereby helping to minimize disruption of user productivity
  • Multicast file transfers allow administrators to send and execute critical security-related “hot fixes” to multiple recipients simultaneously
  • A centralized management console increases IT productivity and helps lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) for networked PCs and workstations
  • New recovery kit allows VARs and system integrators to provision an onboard boot environment— eliminating the need to provide bootable media to initiate a recovery process—so the image and recovery environment can now be booted by pressing a function key
  • The ability to create detailed reports from fully customizable filters and views gives administrators easy access to the information they need
  • Easily create bootable CD-ROMs and USB Flash ROMs for increased flexibility
  • Universal network driver allows IT staff to create a single Boot Disk for every PC on their network—regardless of different network cards

PC and data disposal
  • GDisk utility ensures that confidential data cannot be recovered from recycled, retired, or leased PCs by using secure disk wiping in accordance with U.S. DoD requirements
  • GDisk 32 provides secure disk wiping from Windows PE
  • Includes FAT file system formatting, batch mode operation, hiding/unhiding of partitions, and extensive partition reporting
Following represents minimum hardware and software requirements to run all Symantec Ghost Solution Suite components, which may vary by components you install.

Symantec Ghost "Server" and Console
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 Ultimate/Business/Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate/Business/Enterprise, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server SP3, Windows Server 2003 Standard/Enterprise SP1, Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard/Enterprise, Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Video display, 256 colors at 800 x 600 resolution

Symantec Ghost Console Client
  • Windows Networking connectivity
  • 64/32-bit Windows OS including Windows 7 Ultimate/Business/Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate/Business/Enterprise, Windows XP, Windows 2000 Professional (excluding support for 64-bit Itanium processors), Windows Server 2008 R2
  • 32-bit Windows applications
  • Single boot system (no dual boot support)
  • Current DOS drivers for workstation network cards

Symantec Ghost Imaging Tools
  • Windows 7 Ultimate/Business/Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate/Business/Enterprise, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server SP3, Windows Server 2003 Standard/Enterprise SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003 SP2 Standard/Enterprise, Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Hardware RAID only supported with Ghost32.exe in Pre-OS environment (MS WinPE or similar)
  • Support for FAT, FAT32. NTFS, non-boot GPT partitions, native Linux ExT2 and ExT3
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