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Introduction Ghost is used to backup and restore computers. Ghost is best suited for labs where there are a large number of identical machines. Ghost will copy an entire hard driveand39s contents into an image file onto a local server. This image file can then be used to setup as many other machines as necessary that have the identical hardware. These instructions will assume that you have an active network connection, a network boot diskette and a computer that you are wanting to make an image from. If you do not have a network boot disk, please see the instructions below. Creating a Network Boot Disk You will need a formatted 3.5 floppy disk. 1. Go to T:/software/WIN/BASICNET/IP only Boot Disk/ and run the file called makedisk.exe. This will create the disk itself. Booting the Machine 1. Insert the boot disk and restart the computer. 2. Choose the network card and press ENTER. 3. If/when prompted by Novell, take the defaults until the login box appears. Enter your userid and password and tab down to CONTEXT. 4. Under CONTEXT put .x.employee.clemsonu where x is the initial of your userid. 5. Allow the next two boxes conveniently labeled Timeout to time out. 6. Type T: to change to the T:/ drive. 7. Change directory to backup/ghost/ghost80 and type ghost to run Ghost 8.0. Ghost can be used for two things, backing up a machine by creating an image file on a local server and it can be used to restore an image to a machine. Creating an Image from the Machine 1. At the splash screen hit ENTER. 2. Choose Local Disk To Image and press ENTER. 3. Select a drive and name your ghost image and hit ENTER. 4. Choose High Compression and click Yes to Image Spanning when prompted. 5. When asked to proceed, click Yes. Errors If you get an error to the effect that the image header is too big no matter which drive you try to use, try using Ghost 7.5 in the backup/ghost/ghost75 folder. 6. When the image is finished, a box with prompt you. You can choose Continue and quit out of Ghost yourself or Restart to restart the machine be sure to remove the boot disk. Restoring a Machine from a Disk Image 1. At the splash screen hit ENTER. 2. Choose Local Disk From Image and press ENTER. 3. Choose your image and press ENTER. 4. The Local Destination Drive window should appear. This will show you the local drive options. If you have more than one drive it will display them and you can choose to load it to a different drive but you will more than likely select the C: drive. Hit ENTER. 5. The Destination Drive Details windows then appears. This will show you if you have more than one partition on the drive you have selected. Take the default by pressing ENTER. 6. Click Yes when asked to Proceed with Image. 7. If you are prompted during the image to insert another disk, click OK. This may come up more than once if you are copying from a large image. 8. When the image is finished, a box with prompt you. You can choose Continue and quit out of Ghost yourself or Restart to restart the machine be sure to remove the boot disk.