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Can't backup Client PC(w/3 NICs) to Ghost 8.0 Console Server

Question: Can't backup Client PC(w/3 NICs) to Ghost 8.0 Console Server

I was able to successfully perform a 'remote client installation' of Ghost on 2 PC's, each containing 3 NICs by disabling all but my main network connection and then installing. (NOTE: You also have to be sure you are doing a 'clean' install. If you try and it fails you may have to manually clean all Ghost entries out of the Registry to get it to install) After the install completed I re-enabled the NICs necessary for normal operation. Then, In Ghost Console, right-clicking on the properties showed an error stating 'multiple NICs found ...', I followed some online advice and went into the configuration IP/Netmask settings and hardset the ethernet card template to the one I wanted it to use. Once that was done I was able to complete a clone/backup Task on the first PC successfully. However, on the second system, which happens to be 17 miles away and a little difficult to get to, it's not working. I can trigger the Task to clone, and through a PCAnywhere session to the remote PC I get a prompt saying that an Admin. task is starting to close all windows, so it's talking, but then the Ghost Cast Server session waits for it to complete the reboot and join the session to begin the backup, but it times-out. Any thoughts? The only difference I can think of is that the ethernet cards are different. The one that works is a Realtek, the one that doesn't is an Intel. Does anyone know of any other information on this? Is there a way I can 'log' what is going on? Snoop the network on a given port to see what it's doing? Any troubleshooting tips to gain insight are appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Can't backup Client PC(w/3 NICs) to Ghost 8.0 Console Server

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In our organization, we've got about 20 computers, 5 or 6 mobile users.
about a combined 40gb of data.

up until now we've been using a 3rd party online backup solution to keep the users documents and outlook data backed up. The more the data grows, the more the monthly price grows, and is becoming a budget problem.

We have 2 windows server 2003 standard machines, and I'm building a sandboxed environment replicating the current users connected to the domain, getting ready to test/debug/deploy windows server 2008 and some vista clients.

on the server 2003, I've tried setting up backup schedules with windows backup (ntbackup.exe) and its not doing what it's supposed to. Every time I set up a schedule, and wait for the right hour/30mins/10 mins whatever for the backup test, it doesn't work too well.

I need a cost effective solution to replace our online backup service.
It doesn't matter if we don't end up upgrading to windows server 2008/vista, I'm simply building a test environment to compare security and performance.

We have like I said..
about 20 desktops - XP SP3, Outlook 2003, and some documents, etc.
about 5 laptops - XP SP3, Outlook 2003/2007, documents etc..
1 production file/dns/dhcp server, Windows Server 2003 SP2

The outcome:

I'd like the server to be able to backup all users documents, outlook data, at regular intervals, so if the mobile users go out of the office for a few hours or couple days, the backup pro... Read more

Answer:Need help with Client/Server Backup Solutions

Issues here;
the program for backup and its technique to move the data,
sizing how much capacity you need for the storage,
protecting the data from prying eyes (ie encrypting it),
and the product or service for the storage (is it on or off site?)

all users documents, outlook dataClick to expand...

By all user documents to you mean explicitly the My Documents folder or the
entire user profile area \documents & settings\user-login-id\ ?
The User Profile is much bigger and the Application Data folder (eg mine @ ~ 400mb)
and the Local Settings (mine @ ~483mb) are sizable but certainly 'not critical user data'.
The exceptions are Outlook keeps the PST under Local Settings and Oultlook Express is there too.
Some third part stuff (eg Thunderbird email) is found under Application Data.

Personally, I use Allway Sync for replicating my data (but it's not encrypted).
The selectivity of files is excellent any it is fast due to duplicating only changed files.
As I use it in manual mode, I've not tried the scheduling feature which is available.

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Ok, so after a long time working fine, my desktops stopped backing up.

So, as recommended by the TN Article for Client Backup issues, I started the Database Repair Utility in the Dashboard.

It starts, and after a while it fails and says it fails due to an unknown problem. I click the link it provides to find help, and it dumps me in the generic Server2012E page. I've not been able to find any help on this issue.

Any idea's ?

I also ran a SFT /Scannow on the server. The last time I had a client backup issue this fixed it.

Exact Error Wording:

Backup repair did not complete.
An unknown error prevented the backup repair process from starting. Make sure that all services are running then try again.

The services I know to check are indeed running.

Answer:Server 2012 Essentials R2 Client Backup Failure

I just put my server together how do you like WSE so far? Planning to install it when my internet get re-connected in a couple weeks.

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I am looking for a freeware client/server style backup solution I can deploy over the internet.  I have looked at urbackup, and it seems perfect, except the files are not encrypted on the server computer.  I need a way to have those files encrypted on the server computer, so they can only be accessed by the password set on the client computer.
Basically what I am trying to do is set up a cloud backup service for my customers.  I ask in advance that everyone refrain from answers such as "Well, this backup service has a great re seller program, you should just use it" I am familiar with many of the already existing solutions, but I want to create my own.  
Thanks in advance.

Answer:freeware/open source client/server backup solution

You might start by reading this recent thread on cloud backup.

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i have the server with windows 2003 SP1 and i executed replication active directory, domain controller on the new server, as i have two servers. all expect one client computer work ok.onthe problematically computer is with the windows me.
problem is:
when i shut down old server,the computer with win me drop out from domain and he don't see new server.when i power on old server the client computer work ok.i deinstalled the win me on this computer and i installed to him win xp pro but problem is same. this computer don't see new server and he don't see others client computers in network.
what i do?
i tryed to make new user account but nothing i can't because of this computer don't see new server.
on client computer light green indicator on network adapter (Realtek 8139d) all the time.
i use commands: ping with the ip address of server, with the name of server nothing, ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew, ipconfig /flushdns, ipconfig /registerdns.

ip address of old server is and new server
maybe problem is when i type ipconfig in dosprompt on new server
i receive: DNS server and DHCP

plz help me thanks

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is there a way to use pxe to connect to the ghost console, so I do not have to use the virtual partition?

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Hi, i have a problem with making a connection between my client and server computer, i actually have 28 clients but newer mind that. The problem i have is not actually real a problem i just need to get a Ndis2 driver for RTL8111B integrated NIC on Asus P5RD2-VM MB, i couldnt find it on the Realtek site, Asus Site, Googling... I found other Realtek drivers that are good For Norton Ghost but i couldnt get any to work with my NIC, it simply gives me a message saing "Network Adapter Not Found In The System." so if anyone has a solution or any kind of sugestion or advice please post.

Thank you all in advance!

Answer:Norton Ghost 7.5 with ghost server, NIC Ndis2 driver problem, please help!

My link did not work Try typeing you problem into google
Good luck

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So I'm trying to use the ghost console to administer the cloning process in my environment. I get stuck everytime I try to push an image to one of my test machines. I can successfully boot the computer using the boot partition and the console can see the computer. But when I execute a task to push the image, the client closes the server connection and disconnects from the server. It's really odd, here is what is read on the client machine:

15:28:39 sending status to
Force closing the server connection
15:28:39 192168.2.10:1346 disconnecting from

Then it attempts to contact the session and establish a TCP connection which it can't cuz the damn client closed the connection. Anyways any insight would be helpful.

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Question: Intel Server Nics

Can someone tell me what the difference is between these two models of Intel Server Nics?

Model E1G42ET
Model EXPI9402PT

Answer:Intel Server Nics

Post the specs lol and you'll get a quicker answer... we aren't a Google add-on.

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We have a Windows 2003 server with two nics in it. Nic one is for user access to the server (, Nic two is connected to a switch that is used for tape backup purposes only ( The server is running our testing software from QuestionMark and everything is working great. But they have a tool that runs from users desktop called Author Manager that allows testing administrators to edit test question, answers and scoring.
Okay here is the problem, as long as nic two is enabled the author cannot connect to the server. If disabled then no problems at all. No routing is enabled and a persistent static route has been added to tell all traffic is to use the default gateway of only. We have seen this before with VPN client connections because checking with a tracert showed that the last connect was to the subnet, but adding the persistent static route would correct that problem. QM support will only say that they do not support 2 nic servers, which I find silly.
So the question is has anyone had this issue before and is there a way to fix it. And if routing is disabled why would a nic pass its traffic off to another nic. Is thier anyway to force the two nics to isolate themselves from each other.

Answer:Server 2 nics issue

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Hi Guys,

I've got a PC running 2003 Server that has 3 NICs installed. One NIC is for the WAN connection, One NIC is for a LAN network on the 10.x.x.x range and the last NIC is for another LAN network on the 192.168.x.x range. As the two LAN networks are on different IP ranges, how do I get these two LANs to be able to talk to each other (such as PING etc)?. I unsure of how to set up static routes so if any help can be given it will be great. Also how do I bind IP addresses to the NICs in 2003 Server. Once again, Thanks


Answer:3 NICS with 2003 Server

Hi Guys,

I forgot to mention that I am using the 2003 Server as the router (software). Thanks again.

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I had an issue with my windows server 2008 machine recently. the machine has two NIC (1 onboard and other pci network interface card )

so i notice that whenever i connect the two nic's (local and internet)
my clients or workstations on the local area subnet cannot access data or
even ping command to the server but if i remove the internet NIC they can
access data and information successfully> pls wat is the way out

Answer:problem of 2 NICs on Win Server

Hi, hopefully this will help you understand what is happedning.

When I set up my first service running 2008 with two NICS, I had a read of the following. Please note it is quite detailed, but it's a great education resource and should help you get your head around what's happening.

You didn't say if your clients are using DHCP or static addresses, or if both the NICs are configured on the same or different subnets, or of there are any switches or routers in the network, so I'm making a number of assumptions here.

Using the multiple NICs of your File Server running Windows Server 2008 (and 2008 R2) - Jose Barreto's Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


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I've never worked with Teaming NICs before in a server environment and I'm a little confused as to how they should work.

Can I just plug in the Teaming nic? Or do I need all 3 connected? (the two Teamed NICs and the Virtual NIC).

Answer:Teaming NICs in a Server


the vmware site has an article on the subject. Is this YOUR environment?

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looking to replace my server nics
lately the intels are just fading away
anyone got any feedback
I don't need gigbit anymore not going that way,but if price is right ??


Answer:whats your pick for best server nics

Perhaps Broadcom or 3com could fit the bill.

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Hi there,

After a hard drive failure, had to reinstall windows 2000 server. Pre failure the set up was like this, and worked without a problem.

1 server - win2k - dhcp.
4 pcs - all dhcp enabled to obtain from win2k server. Call them A,B,C and D.

3 of those pcs had 2 nics installed, which are for internet connection. 1 of those (A) obtains its ip from an adsl router that has dhcp.
The other two (B and C) are assigned fixed ips (as given by the isp).

Now, the set up is exactly the same, but when the NIC that is on the LAN network is enabled, the there is no internet access. Once it is disabled, internet access is restored. Is this a DNS issue?

DNS and DHCP are enabled on the server. The NIC on the server is assigned a static ip with the same ip given as the dns and the gateway.

Any help will be extremely GRATEFULLY received as this whole episode (rebuilding the server) has been driving me insane.

Answer:Windows 2000 server help - 2 NICs

You have multiple default gateways defined. Remove one of them, or replace it with a default gateway that has a higher weight.

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Server OS Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Client OS: Windows 7 Professional

I recently upgraded from Home Server 2011 to Essentials 2012. This required me to create a Domain which I did, and the other PC's connect with no problem. Using the same procedure to connect my main machine, and it does not see any other computers that are in the domain when I go to network places, not even the server. I have checked that the primary DNS is pointing to 2012 Essentials server. I can connect to the other PCs by manually typing in the other PC names.

Another problem is that I cannot access the shared folders in the Dashboard. I log in as an administrator and have checked permissions. When I try to access these shared folders it gives me the access denied message.

Does anyone know what is going on with these two problems?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Answer:One client not seeing other computers in the Domain. Client OS Win7, Server OS 2012

I didn't use 2012 Essentials yet - only regular 2012 and domain is working without any problem.
Main thing is that client pc must have dns connected to server - on server you can set forwarding for external internet access.
If you have problems with domain you could try rejoin to domain on client PC - you'll verify then that everything is configured properly - I can recommend tool called Profile Wizard It's great for rejoining to domain or when you want to switch to other domain without lose your profile.
Maybe Dasboard require for local administrator privileges to work properly ?

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how can i configure my 2 NIC THAT ARE on 1 server Running 2003 windows server?



Answer:how to connect 2 NICs to Windows 2003 server

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Need to pick the collective brains here on something.

Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64
(Does nothing other than FTP, not using IIS)

NIC 1 = Local Lan, connected to switch

NIC 2 = Internet, no switch/router, direct line from fiber connection

Does that look right?

Answer:Dual Nics Windows Server 2003...

Can you even use a class C subnet with a class A IP?

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Hey guys,

I have a question that maybe you guys can help with. Now bow to my awesome paint skills:

All computers are on the LAN and have access to the shares in the media server via the local workgroup.

All IP's are statically asigned, and so on. Now, here is the question, my media server has dual nic's. One of them is a Gigabit (currently using) and one a standard 10/100 (unused).

Is there a way that I can use both nics on the media server to separate my LAN from the internet and not have to use 2 nics on every pc? (as in using the 10/100 nic for internet and the gigabit nic for LAN only on media server?) Is there a benefit?

Already have strong passwords/user accounts for the shares, software firewals, the NAT and AV. Im just thinking of doing this for extra security, so that LAN and internet are separate on this box with shares if possible.


Answer:Question about network (media server w/2 nics)

It kinda sounds like you want to work with backchanneling. With more than one PC, this can be quite crazy.

Otherwise, then maybe you want to put your "media server" between the router and PCs? I'm not completely clear on what you want to accomplish I guess.

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I'm trying to setup a small test network on the bench but I'm running in what I think is a routing issue. My network consists fairly basic:

Cable Modem -> Netgear Router -> Office PC's (DHCP), File Server (Static IP).

The file server has 4 NICs on board so I was trying to take one of the other NICs and set it up to be a DHCP server so that I can re-image some machines and not saturate our main network. I was able to get the DHCP working on Interface 2 and I setup Routing and Remote Access, but I can not get the two interfaces to route traffic between the two of them. I can ping Interface 1 from the new network but I can not ping any other device on the "office" network. I did make sure that there was no default gateway setup for Interface 2 but now I'm just spinning my wheels. Here's a quick diagram of my network, any thoughts as I continue to RTFM?

Router (DHCP)
5 port hub
_ _______________
File Server (NIC 1) / User PC's
( / (192.168.1.x)
( / (
( / (
(NIC 2)
(no gateway)
(5 port hub)
New Machines to be Imaged

Answer:2 NICs 2 Networks Windows Server 2008 R2

The "new network" is NIC 2? Set NIC 1's IP as NIC 2's gateway.

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I have Ubuntu 10.10 (about which I know very little) running on my SR2. The SR2 has dual built in NICs. Because I want to take advantage of some of WHS' features, I am running WHS in a virtualbox VM.

I am using the box as a file server/media streamer. I have files being served by both Ubuntu and by the WHS, so both OSs will be serving files at different times.

Given this setup, what is the best way to utilize the NICs? Should I just team them and let ubuntu/virtualbox handle the load distribution?

Or, should I somehow dedicate the 2nd NIC to Virtualbox and leave the 1st NIC to ubuntu?

I'm a linux noob, so easy guides are helpful.

I did find this guide on how to bond the nics together.

Answer:Home server on SR2 w/ubuntu + WHS: how to use dual NICs?

If you were using VMware I'd say bond them and let the hypervisor figure it out. With Ubuntu as the host OS, I'm not really sure.

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Has anyone set up NIC Teaming with the new Intel ProSet for Device Manager? I know how to do it with the old one that sat in your system tray/control panel, but the newest versions now integrate with Device Manager, and for the life of me I can't find where you set it up. All the documentation on Intel's site that I found reffers to the old ProSet.
I've got a 2 boxes (Maxtor MaxAttach 4300 NAS units that I formatted and loaded from scratch with my own software) with dual onboard 100mbit NICs and want to load-balance them back to my Gigabit switch.

Answer:Teaming with Intel Pro/100+ Server NICs and new ProSet?

Perhaps this applies ... Intel(R) PROSet for Device Manager Tabs Not Visible Through Terminal Services

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I maintain a network with about 700 access, distro and core switches in less than ideal physical conditions. As a result I need to travel around and console into isolated switches on a regular basis. I have laptops for this purpose but they are beginning to break down and tend to be bulky and difficult to hold in one hand while typing with the other.

I am checking out some of the upcoming tablet style PC's as possible replacement for these laptops. Something with a serial port is preferred, but a USB port will work just as well. Something with expandable storage, quick to boot, able to run a SSH client and fairly solid so I don't have to panic every time someone on my team bumps it.

Does anybody out there have experience with a similar piece of equipment?

Answer:Portable console client needed

Looked into a Tough Book? Pricey yes, but rugged and have the items you're looking for. I'm sure someone else will suggest something probably cheaper, but this is the first thing that came to mind when I read this post.

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I'm having problems with my toshiba laptop getting too hot and shutting down and looking to take into a certified service center. To date used disk space on it is a little over 57 gigs. Could I use GHOST and then link up my desktop pc with my laptop via ethernet and put the Ghost Image on my larger hd on my desktop system? I'm not sure of the innner workinga or particulars of GHOST. With more then likely having to take this thing in..i'd prefer to back up using the mentioned idea instead of going out and having bo purchase and external dvd burner. Any at all help and hints in the right direction would be great. Possible alt solutions.
Toshiba Laptop
P4 3.06
1 gig
Windows XP Home

Answer:Laptop Backup...To Ghost or not to Ghost

The advantage to ghost is you can image the laptop, operating system, installed programs and data (everything). So if something went wrong you would just lay down the ghost image on the laptop. Disadvantage is you will need to purchase Ghost. My suggestion would be to just backup the needed data to your PC. It's a good idea to have a backup anyway and rebuilding one laptop from scratch is better then purchasing Ghost (approx $70)(at least from my prespective).

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Hello all,

I have been looking for several days and I have yet to find any machines for sale that offer dual NIC support. I have tried looking at the typical sites, including Google but to no avail. So, I figured I would look for help here.

Ideally I need a box that uses the atom processor (low power), dual network cards, and has a relatively large hard drive (500+ GB).

Anyone have any suggestions?

I looked here: and found an almost perfect match. The only problem is that it does not have dual lan which is a requirement for me. I could go and purchase a USB network adapter like this one: but I don't see that as an ideal solution compared to dual onboard network ports.

So, reaching out to see if anyone knows of a box like this that has dual NICs for a reasonable price (under $500 US).


Answer:Looking for Linux Intel Atom Server w/2 NICs & large HDD

I'm not sure I know of any Atom based units that have dual-NICs. A machine you might want to consider is something like the Acer Revo 3610 (I'm thinking of getting one of these - since you're in the US it'll probably be half the price over there). The unit comes with an dual core Atom 330 (I believe this shows up as 4 CPUs because it has hyper-threading on each core, or so I've been told), 4GB or RAM, and a 500GB HDD. You could then purchase a USB-to-RJ45 adapter.

Please let me know which unit you buy, as I'm very interested in doing the same (I want a low power consumption Ubuntu server).

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So I need to find out the MAC addresses of Teamed NICs without access to the box. Only remote desktop is my tool. I've tried ipconfig ./all, the properties of the NIC, and in Windows 2k3 tried the "status" and "details" on the network connection.

Anyone know any other ways to get a MAC from a NIC?


Answer:Find the MAC addresses of Teamed NICs Win2k/2k3 Server

When you do an "ipconfig /all", the physical address is the mac address. You should have three associated with a team (one for each NIC, and one for the virtual team NIC).

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Popped SP3 on my XP workstation yesterday, which installed the new 6.0 client. That's fine, but now I don't seem to be able to launch a console session to Server2003 servers. I have a couple that I MUST log in as a console session, because of some software running. Used to be, I would just click on Start > Run > and paste in something like "mstsc /v: /console /w:1024/h:768". When I do that now, I get this pop-up:

If I simply enter mstsc /console, I do not get the error, and allows me to log on, but I can tell it's not a console session.

What am I missing here??

Answer:Terminal Services Client 6.0 console mode

it is now /admin

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I have a set of M93P systems I would like to deploy images to via Symantec Ghost but I can't seem to find the correct drivers to use for the chipset (I believe).  When running the Symantec Ghost Console I receive the following error: Unable to locate driver for Standard ATA Controller - Intel(R) 8 Series/C220 Series AHCI Controller - 8C02 PCI Vendor: 0x8086 PCI Subsystem: 0x30a317aa I've tried downloading and extracting the storage and chipset drivers provided on the Lenovo support site without success.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks!


Go to Solution.

Answer:ThinkCenter M93P Symantec Ghost Console Driver Issue

You should have installed the chipset driver for USB 3.0 on your M93p.  I'm surprised it wasn't already installed.
Anyway, you need
USB 3.0 Driver: Intel® USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver for Intel® 8/9 Series and C220/C610...

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What I really want was to get something like the Linksys RV082 or some other router/switch with Dual WAN.

Since they are too expensive for my budget I was wondering if I could just use 2 seperate routers going into nic 1 and nic 2 in the windows 2003 server.

Then setup windows 2003 such that is path 1 (primary path) timed out after x amount of seconds, it would automatically try path 2.
The sticky issue is that if 2 routers are being used, the server will have 2 seperate NAT IP's. Lets say and

Does server 2003 support this?

EDIT: If the above is more of a pain than it's worth.. can anyone reccommend the cheapest of the cisco routers that support dual wan? rackmount preferred.

Answer:setup server 2003 for failover internet with dual nics behind NAT

If they're Intel cards, you should be able to use Intel's PROset for Adapter Fault Tolerance to do it.

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hi all, 1st time posting to a support forum.

my system: hp pavilion media center m7457c desktop w/pentium dou 3.0mhz, 3.0 mgh, 2gb RAM, running winxp [pro i think since i can run gpedit.msc] media center edition version 2002 sp2, phoenix BIOS [coudlnt find the version number of the BIOS ]

for many moons now i have used ghost backup, which requires booting from a floppy if u wanna restore the c: drive [i have only 1 OS on my machine, on the c: drive], but now, alas, even my desktop no longer sports a floppy drive [my laptops have always been floppyless], and so, booting from a floppy to restore the c: drive in an emergency is no longer an option.

i need help and advice on the following 3 options:

1. use an entirely different program or method for backup. any ideas? any ideas as easy and dependable as ghost? [which, as u know, allows for an exact image of the OS primary partition to be copied or restored since, as ur booting from DOS on a floppy, the OS primary partition is closed or locked or whatever]

2. i tried booting with BartPE on a CD, booted fine, plugged in a usb2.0 to IDE connector, which was connected to a mostly blank, partitioned hardrive [running from an external power supply. i could have used a regular external harddrive, but i didnt wanna buy one, and i have many IDE hardrives lying around] which i intended to use as a storage space for a ghost image of my internal c: drive, the idea being that i could than at any time [of emergency] reboot with ... Read more

Answer:non-floppy ghost backup [or best backup method]

Acronis True Image will work for you ...version 7 is now freeware.

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I'm trying to make an MS-DOS, mapped drive floppy. Were do I get the MS-DOS LAN Client files to supply to Ghost?

Answer:Ghost 2003 DOS Client

Wasn't sure where to move this to, but it's not a Business application so I moved it to All Other Software.

Good luck!

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I am having the KMS Server with Server 2012 KMS Key,which is hosted on Windows server 2012 R2.

We need to update the KMS Server 2K12 Key to 2K16 KMS Key, Is there any way to Get the detail that the key will activate these OS Versions?

MBAM Report Feature Error Alert

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I have been using Ghost to re-image other desktops and laptops without any problems, either booting from DOS floppy, from CD ROM or using PXE networks services to boot the machines and load the PC-DOS supplied with Ghost and the DOS Ghost client.

However with the Portege M100 (which is the only Tosh machine I have tried so far) I manage to get the PC-DOS loaded and the Ghost client begins to load but hangs at the splash screen and is unusable requiring a reboot.

Has anyone else had this issue or know of any fix I can use to allow me to manage my Portege OS's with Ghost.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Portege M100 with DOS Ghost client


Well, I have had a similar problem with other unit. I have solved it with completely formatting the HDD.
I don?t know if this procedure will solve your issue but you can try it.


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i'm trying to do a remote client install via Symantec Ghost console, it confirms that it has installed successfully. However the PC does not show up on the Machine Group in the console, or in the services on the client PC.

Does anyone know how i can install the client manually?

thanks :rolleyes:

Answer:Symantec Ghost, remote client install

insert the cd that you received from symantec. Install the client from there.

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i had to reinstall my lab-pc's and now i want to reinstall the client-software but the console says that i already have installed all of my licenses... i guess he doesn't recognize that i use the same pc's... how do i get rid of the 'old' clients?


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i'm trying to do a remote client install via Symantec Ghost console, it confirms that it has installed successfully. However the PC does not show up on the Machine Group in the console, or in the services on the client PC.

Does anyone know how i can install the client manually?

thanks :rolleyes:

Answer:Symantec Ghost, remote client install

insert the cd that you received from symantec. Install the client from there.

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I am having an issue with offline files created offline syncing back to the server. I have set up a network share to be available offline on a client computer. All files are available offline without issue. Here is the issue however. If I set the folder to work offline any file I create in the folder when it is offline just disappears when the folder comes back online, there are no conflicts or sync failures reported in sync center. If I create a new folder offline the folder does sync back to the server. Any changes made to an existing file are also replicated back to the server once the share is back online. So the issue is only with newly created files when the share is offline. I have not been able to replicate this error on any other file server in our environment, However I have recreated the issue with multiple shares with multiple Win 7 clients on this file server.

Steps taken so far.

Checked and reset permission levels on the share.
Recreated new shares from scratch for testing.
Disabled and enabled offline files on the client computer and cleared the offline cache.
Check various registry entry settings.
Disabled cashing on the File server.
Tested with XP the issue does not exist with XP.

I have spent hours researching this error online to no avail.

The clients are running Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
The File server is Server 2003 Standard 32 bit with SP2

Any help or ideas would be most welcome.

Answer:Offline Folder sync issue, Win 7 Client Server 2003 Flie Server.

I've seen the complaints about this problem but with no clear resolution. There are some hot fixes listed that may help, updating to Windows 7 SP1 is supposed to help in some cases but nothing seems for certain.

No way for me to recreate this problem but apparently others have the same problem.

Offline created files disappear after re-connect

Browse by Tags - The troubleshooters and problem solvers... - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Administratively assigned offline files on Win7 client disappear from server (Network Steve Forum)

The Group Policy settings in the next link may have an effect on this problem.

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There is a process running on my computer called csrss.exe
I went to and looked it up and came up with 2 different things. One says it is a Trojan and needs to be removed. The same exact process name also says it is Microsoft client server runtime server and SHOULD NOT be removed.
How I am supposed to tell the difference so I do not make a mistake by either leaving it alone or removing it???

Answer:Process: csrss.exe (trojan or Microsoft Client Server Runtime Server?)

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Hi I'm working on a client/server with the Java programming language and trying to figure out how to protect my server. With my current Virus/Firewall protection suite theres nothing I can do to keep out unwanted Java applications on the port I choose to allow the Java SE Binary through for clients accessing the server application. ESET Smart Security 4 is what I am using. Does anybody know of a security suite that would allow only a specific Java application to get through the firewall? I'm not to sure on this subject because my firewall is identifying any Java application as only the "Java SE Binary" and not I'm sure if you can even really name your Java application like you would something you would write in C++. Any information would be appreciated, thank you.

Answer:Java Server/Client + Server Firewall Safety

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I'm looking at setting up windows 2003 terminal servers all over the place to replace the awful thing people are currently doing here - vncing servers with one small shared password among everyone <holding my hands over my ears for the backlash>. Don't blame me, it's another awful legacy I have to get rid of...

1. I've got to set up a Terminal Server Licensing server and was thinking about putting this on my second domain controller. I was wondering what would happen in this server dies, though. Is there some way of having resilience in this scenario? Perhaps a second Licensing server or something, the way you have 2 or more Domain Controllers?

2. Also, I know that Windows XP has an RDP client, I've used before on many occasions, but what about all the Windows 2000 clients that I still have out there. What should I do for them to access the new Terminal Servers?

Answer:Terminal Server license server(s)? RDP client for Windows2K?

I'm not 100% sure on #1, but I believe that the TS licensing becomes integrated into the AD, so if one DC goes down, the other one will be able to check licensing. On another note, if you are using the TS for administration only, I don't believe you needs the TS Licensing to be installed.

For #2, you can download the latest version of the RDP client from MS's website. It should also be available through Windows Updates, although I think Win2K isn't supported any longer, other than Critical Updates.

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was trying to network my computer to the server but keep getting the message 'server not responding from client computer' can anyone help please.

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A friend is moving his business, and the new business park that he's setting up shop in does not have anyway to get any wired internet to his building, excluding a T1 line, which he can't justify the cost of.

One windows 7 machine acts as the server, primarily for Quickbooks database, and there are two other windows 7 machines that are clients, reading off said database.

He's getting one of those usb dongles for wireless internet service, for the server only (the other two computers will be tethered to a smartphone for internet for QB and windows updates periodically).

They do NOT want to share the servers wireless connection to the other machines.

My only concern was if the server will continue to try to check the LAN for internet connectivity, or will it check both network connections when one fails, or is there a setting I can tell them to change to ensure it knows to go to the wireless dongle for internet all the time, without interfering with the workstations talking to the server over the LAN to get to the database?

The setup at the old office was business class DSL, they are using a relatively new Linksys router, which had the DSL authentication information.

Thank you!

Answer:LAN network for server/client only, USB hotspot for server internet.

I managed to find a solution this morning, for anyone that's interested, the whole article is here: Multiple Network Connections at the Same Time on Windows | Ivan Zlatev

But the short answer is, under the advanced properties of TCP/IP v4, uncheck automatic metric, set your internet to a value of 1, and the LAN to a value of 9999.

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I'm in the process of installing an application server that requires SQL Server 2008 R2 (x64) on a separate device. However, I'm noticing this error message whenever I try to install the application through its proprietary configuration tool:


ERRO: CheckDBCreation failed to create database. Error: A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections (provider: TCP Provider, error: - = No such host is known).
ERRO: CheckDBCreation failed to drop database
ERRO: The provided SQL user may not have permissions to create and drop databases.
ERRO: ConfigureServer: The Configuration did not validate
ERRO: Task 'ValidateConfiguration' Failed (Exit Code=1)

This is what I have done so far:

On Server:
- Installed Client Tools
- Set it as Mixed-Mode Authentication (Windows + SQL)
- Created inbound rule on Windows Firewall to allow TCP 1433 (SQL Connection) and UDP 1434 (SQL Browser Service) from a small IP scope (only have four "test" servers in my network) under Domain, Public, and Private
- Created SQL accounts in Server Management Studio and verified that they are able to connect to SQL
- Checked DB instance in Server Management Studio to allow remote connections to the server
- Checked in Server Configuration Manager > Native Client 10.0 Configurat... Read more

Answer:Client(s) can't connect to SQL Server 2008 R2 server

You were on the right track, but having the server listen on localhost/ may or may not be what you want. Regardless, you need to tell SQL to bind to the ethernet interface since you're trying to connect to it over the network.

Do a netstat -a on the server and see if you have or the ethernet interface:1433. You could also do telnet serverip 1433.

If it's not listening on the desired interface, you need to look up how tell SQL to bind to that interface (I don't know, I'm not familiar with it either).

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I have a bunch of Cisco gear coming in a couple days, and have yet to figure out a solution besides cable hopping. Once the original config is done on the gear, everything can be connected to via SSH correct? I'd like to get a 2511 or 2509 but the high cost prove otherwise. And a NM-16A card is just as bad.

For the record I have coming:

2620XM (3)

Already have


Answer:Console Server vs SSH

If this is for a learning lab don't waste money on console servers.
Just serial in and "cable hop" when you need to.

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Question: DVD ghost backup

I have tried to ghost my hard drive onto CD-R using Norton Ghost, but when it gets almost to the end of burning it tells me that there is an error, and I am left with a coaster. I have set Ghost to span Multiple CD-Rs but it has done it twice now. Is there any way to use my DVD burner to make a ghost image from a DOS command. Is it possible to do this and is there a program that would allow you to do this. I have a Hitachi Deskstar hard drive but it did not come with a utilities disk that might have allowed me to ghost it. Thanks

Answer:DVD ghost backup

This is a problem with ghost... go to the symantec website (click here) and see if their online database help can help

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From Vista i am trying to take console of my server with mstsc /console,
but it is not hapening. it showing RDP screen.

What is the process or command in Vista to take console of server.

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Can anyone help me with a question regarding Norton Ghost and re-installing a CD backup set.
A few weeks ago i made a complete backup of my C:\ drive with Norton Ghost onto 4 CD's and thought that i would not have to use them.

But i installed a program that caused some problems and after trying to solve it, i think that i made it worse.
So i thought that i would use the CD backup set instead, and put the C:\ drive back to the state it was in before i installed the troublesome program.

But when i did this, my Norton Internet Security 2001 program instead of coming up with the 305 days left as it was when i did the backup, it came up with the days left that were on the C:\ drive before i did the re-install (234 days left).

The question that i want to know is how does this happen?

As i thought that the CD backup overwrote all of the files on the C:\ drive, and it would install Norton Security back to the days left as it was when i did the backup?

As all of the other programs i have on the backup went back to the settings that were on the day i made the backup, but for some reason this happens only with Norton Internet Security.

Can i do anything about this happening, so that the days re-install to the days left that are on the backup?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Norton Ghost Backup

The Norton software uses the date it was originally installed and compares it to the current's probably set in the registry or in a custom dll they created expressly for this purpose. It would be different if you had done a fresh install of Windoze and a fresh install of the trialware AV software.

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I picked up an old 700mhz PC for my dad. I've installed and fully configured and tweaked Windows XP on the machine, including all patches and such.

Is there a way I can backup the whole installation and make that image easily restore-able in case he breaks everything down the line?

If so, where do I begin? I've never dabbled into backups before.

Answer:Backup (Ghost) and Restore?

Damn man. Do you hate your dad that much? 700mhz? lol

Acronis is probably the best software to date if you're willing to shell out $40 for the home version.

But if you're looking for free solutions, check out your hard drive manufacturer's web sites for their utilities. Most of them offer downloadable software you can use to clone your drives or take snapshots of it.

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Hi, I'm backing up my C drive to dvds. I don't have enough HD space to back it up locally. I got a error writing to the DVD #3. Ghost stopped with error msg (bad media) I put in a new blank dvd and couldn't find a way to resume from that point. Do I have to start all over and with dvd one? I can't find a way to resume backup from disk 3.

Answer:GHOST 10 and resume backup?

Nope, sorry you have to start over again there is NO resume in norton ghost...

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I've never backed up my PC before only docs.I have XPHome 80g drive with 10g partition, Norton ghost read the instructions but lost my way after a couple of pages so I thought dive straight in.Problem 1, the type of this usb device cuoldn't be determnied, so it may not be accessible in the virtual partition.You may need to add drivers for it in the users files section of the advanced setting dialog.I canelled that and carried on.Problem 2 if I back up to cds then I am going to need quite a batch.Now I am stuck, reading some of the other posts it sounds so easy or is it me? TIA

Answer:norton ghost backup

If your "partition" is from your hard-disk that is IDE or SATA (internal drive), then you DON'T need to use the "advanced settings" option... Also, if you have a DVD-RW I suggest you backing up onto that cause if your hard-disk completely fails you wont have anything to recover from!!!!!Also.... if you are using "Norton Ghost 9.0", then some of the options are different and you can only backup onto rewritable media (hard-disks.. aka partitions, cd-rw, dvd-rw and dvd+rw)I used to use ghost, but found that when I wanted to recover the system it could take up to 2 hours, so I switched to "Acronis True Image" which recovers my system in 20 minutes max!!!!!

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just did my first copy of Ghost v9 of c drive to another drive[using dive to another drive option + copy mbr] i copied to a logical drive on another HDD is that ok. And to give me piece of mind in the event of having a disaster is it just a case of using the same option again in reverse?

Answer:advice re first ghost backup

sunny staines,There are 2 ways of using Norton Ghost:1. to make a backup image of a drive2. to clone a driveMaking a backup image leaves a file with a .GHO extension on a disk. You use Norton Ghost again to restore that image back to the drive it came from. It is a total back-up of the drive. It does not affect the other contents of the drive on which you make the Ghost image..Cloning a drive means making an exact copy of the drive. You might want to do this to set up 2 or more pcs identically if they have the same motherboard etc; it is easier than installing XP from scratch on multiple pcs if you have multiple licences. Cloning a drive wipes out any data that may have been on the drive being written to.It sounds as though what you have done is clone your drive rather than back it up. In theory, i your main drive fails, just take it out and replace it with the clone.Regards,Felix

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Hello All, I want to buy a second HDD for my computer to use as a split partition drive and use one of the partitions as my backup drive, copying my entire work space periodically across. I was going to just use the XP backup utility but got to thinking about buying or downloading software to do a ghost/mirror image of my drive. I also have Nero and spotted that has a backup utility. I am not too sure what is the best method and wondered if I could gain the thoughts and wisdom of the forum people on this subject.Can you share tips and best methods for backing up an entire drive?I am using about 15-20Gb at the moment.Can anyone suggest good software for backing up in this manner? I had a look at Norton's site and could only find a corporate ghost edition.Any thoughts and stories would be appreciatedcheers all

Answer:Ghost images and XP backup

Drive Image has the ability to make an exact of your existing drive onto another drive. The program can then be used subsequently create complete backups of one partition to the otherclick here

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I hve just installed Windows 7 on a new hard drive. No problems all went OK. Now I have always made a total hard drive copy of my O.S. so if anything went wrong I could just slide the back up drive into my machine via the withdrawable front drive bay. I have done this with Windows 7 and it seems that the system is installed to a specific drive only and copys made like I have done will not work. It comes up with unrecognisable item !!! I use Norton Ghost as always.
Any suggestions please?


Answer:WINDOWS 7 Backup with Ghost

I havent used Ghost for years.... I use Acronis True Image Home 2010 and have never had a problem backing up or restoring an image file.... That being said, Im not sure why you're having such a problem... Are you having a problem with Windows that you need to restore, or are you just testing?

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I have used Norton Ghost for severel years, making an image of my C:, so I allways is able to return to last backup-stage. But with Windows 8 and UEFI boot, there are now 3 partitions that has to be in a "complete" systembackup, and only one of these partitions has a drive-letter. Does Norton Ghost support this?
Or is it better to use Windows 8 own backupfunction? (aka a complete system-disk backup on another HDD)

Answer:Ghost or Windows 8 best to backup?

I don't know about Ghost, but Windows own backup is flaky.

There are several 3rd party imaging programs which are more flexible and reliable.

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how to take windows xp back up on a cd using norton ghost.and how its used to an another system without formatting plz help with screenshots.....

Answer:how to take backup using Norton Ghost

You haven't told us what version of Ghost you need help with!
If it's the latest version (Ghost 15), the manual is here in PDF format:

To download it to your PC, right click the link on that page and choose "Save as" or "Save link as". You need Adobe Reader to read the manual.

When you have made a backup of a computer system with Norton Ghost, you cannot use that backup on a different computer unless it has exactly the same hardware components and it's hard drive is the same capacity or larger.

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Hi I am having problems getting my PC to boot afterI decided to create a more recent backup using ghost,My drive is partioned so I backed up the C drive(XP and progs) onto my f drive which contains all my data, replacing the previous ghostimage,something I've done many times before without a problem.It went through the usual checks and rebooted,it then said the process had failed and to click retry, or return to windows,and if I did nothing it would return to windows in 20 seconds. No matter what I click on, or nothing at all the PC just hangs and I have to turn off the PC manually,It then goes back to the same loop I've already described.I tried using my ghost boot disk,to reload my previous image from my F drive but it loads the floppy then locks up on the ghost splash screen,forcing me to reboot.I tried using the xp disc and the recovery console,when it comes to the part to click on the drive with your OS onits only showing the F drive which only has my data on, not XP, as if it can't see my C drive.Does anyone out there have any ideas of anything I can try to get the PC to start,as I have loads of progs and games configured,I don't want to lose.Or am I doomed.I have the XP CD Disc and a win XP start up floppy disc.In the worst case scenario what is the procedure for reinstalling XP over itself so I don't lose any progs or settings etc.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.

Answer:PC won't boot after Ghost backup

Help!! Anybody?

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Can anyone recommend a good FREE ghost backup system. Does Vista's backup system do the same thing? I'd like to be able to backup and if necessary reinstall without having to reconfigure everything.

Answer:Ghost backup system

This? click here

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I have an 80Gb HD as a master.I have a second 80Gb HD as a backup.Question;Should I continue using Ghost to clone from Master to Slave or,should I look into the possibility of setting up my raid facility.MB is A7N8X DeLuxe, 512 DDR, 2500+ Barton, XP Pro.Present HD usage is about 20% so I have plenty of capacity on one disc. What might the advantages of Raid be ?

Answer:Raid or Ghost as a backup.

If you want to use RAID make sure that forst of all your motherboard supports it. Also if you are going to set RAID up make sure you go for 'Mirroring' type and not the 'Stripe' mode. The Mirroring mode makes a backup where as the Stripe mode spreads the data over the TWO drives meaning if ONE of the drives fails you lose everything. Not nice! Have a read of further info at click here

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I have Norton Ghost 10, I was wondering how I do a backup restore DVD like those OEMs have. Thanks.

Answer:Making a Ghost Backup DVD?

Not sure if Ghost 10 can be used, but I use BartPE to make the CD's/DVD's

Bart PE has an option to 'include contents of this folder' when creating the ISO image,
- built a customers PC
- get it all configured, updated, tested, etc
- boot from BartPE, map a network drive to my server, make a Ghost image of customers PC (I use Ghost 8.2)
- go into the Bart program, copy the customers GHO files into the certain Bart folder, make an ISO image
(Image now has Bootable BartPE with network support, usb drive support, AV, etc, and also contains the ghost backup image on it)
- tape it inside the customers case in a zip lock bag (they never lose it that way)

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I have just used Ghost 2003 to backup my computers hard drive.
When I installed the last CD-R, in order to copy my hard drive, it recorded happily until there was about 5M left to copy, but when the disc came out of my read/writer, Ghost said there was something wrong.
(I had plenty of room left on this CD)

I am not sure if it finished this last Disc correctly or not?
As I have a log of this fault can I check to see if the disc is ok?
I do not know how to check any of this?
As I have used up about 14 CD-R Discs to copy my 12G of data on the hard drive, and it was the last disc, will I need to do it all over again?

I would be very grateful if any body can help with this.


Answer:Ghost Backup Problem

Welcome to TSG.

If you are sure of exactly what size it divided the images to then what I would do is to have it write a ghost image to the hard drive with the same size selected. Then just record the last one.

I wouldn’t chance that it was OK with the indications you have given. If you have an Office Max nearby they have a spindle of 50 CDRs free after rebate. If you are counting on the ghost I would write to the HD split in 680Mb files and write those to CD if Ghost says the image is OK.

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My old computer died and I had done a complete Ghost backup to an external hard drive.Where in the backup do I find my old documents to restore to the new computer? HELP.Don

Answer:Restore from Ghost Backup

Do you have a program called Ghost Explorer? - it should have beeen installed alongside Ghost? If so it will allow you to examine the Ghost image and extract what you want, I think.

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I have a quick question

I have a xp cd with key, also have Norton ghost

Question is I want to back up all the files on the computer and the windows I have on it at the is coming up as not genuine. Will Norton back up even the old key or will that part be left out


Answer:Win XP backup with Norton Ghost

Norton Ghost makes images, that is a byte by byte representation of the hard drive.. everything will be copied.

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I am building my business computer running xp Pro. I have 2 hard drives, 1 for backups. What is the best way or software to duplicate my daily backups? I have been told bootback is good however I have never heard of it. Please make suggestions. Thank you

Answer:Backup software/ ghost?

NovaStor backup is one of the easiest to use. and you can back up to a hard drive or to CD or DVD disc's.

While Ghost will dot he job, I have seen even experienced people trash and installation they were trying to back up using it. which is why I don't generally recommend it.

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Hi, I'm backing up my C drive to dvds. I don't have enough HD space to back it up locally. However I got a error writing to the DVD #3. Ghost stopped with error msg (bad media) I put in a new blank dvd and couldn't find a way to resume from that point. Do I have to start all over and with dvd one? I can't find a way to resume backup from disk 3.

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My old Norton Ghost won't work on Vista, so have to shell out on new software.Acronis 2009 click hereNorton Ghost click hereAny thoughts, please?

Answer:Acronis or Ghost for backup

My own choice would be definitely Acronis!

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Hi---I would like to backup by C partition (14.6 GB) to DVD. Can anyone tell me how many DVD's will be needed? Is 14.6 divided by 4.7 the only answer or is there an option to compress the 14.6 GB?

Answer:Backup with Norton Ghost

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Ive just done a nice clean reinstall of WinXp and loaded all the updates, what a perfect time to back up the harddrive for the next time i want to do a clean install.

I have a copy of Ghost, but from what I understand from the last time I used it, it backs up not the "used" portions of the harddrive, but ALL the drive. I don't need the 95% of blank space backed up, just the 'good stuff'

Can anyone suggest a way to completely back up Windows without ending up with 5 DVDr's (or CDR) worth of "empty space"

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Backup Software - Ghost

I dont know what version of Ghost you have, but the Ghost 2003 I use only backs up the data, not the entire drive. I have a 40G drive, with 4.7G used, and the Ghost image is 3.9G total. Reinstall and check your settings.

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I've got a 2003 SBS Installation and I was cleaning up the start menu, and accidentally removed "Server Management" from the list.. it's nowhere to be found.

How do I get it back? any special mmc command I can type into command line?/run?


Answer:How do I get Server Management Console back?

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I would like to know how to configure a Windows Server that will host a windows Diskless Client, I've read a lot of forums and blogs regarding this subject and I even tried to applied those summarized guide but until now I'm still stuck, and I hope someone
in this forum can help me or give me a detailed guide to this particular subject. I would really appreciate whatever suggestion or support that may give to me. 

Thank you,

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Had DriveImage7 (sector based) - but due to it no longer being supported, and its tendency to rename files into cryptic strings all by itself, I decided to buy Ghost 14.0

Any input on its performance and reliability would be appreciated.

Contactin their support, they tell me basically Ghost will backup everything but a recovery partition, whatever that is.

Figured this is the time to start with a clean new system install, my new build.

Answer:backup solutions - Norton Ghost

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Hello peeps!

I'm a newbie here. Sorry if the title is so lame, but I do have to do some research

Ghost Imaging Backup --> I'm confused with this.
What is the detail meaning of Ghost Imaging Backup? What I understand is the purpose is to do backup, but then, is it used to backup system image, or backup files/data, or both?

I did few research from the net, videos from youtube, and I found so many different method, and I'm not sure what is the most efficient way to do backup.

So here's my questions:

1. Does system image is only to backup OS?
2. If so, do I have to backup data & OS separately?

P/s: I'm using windows 7 starter, which has the backup & restore function, so I guess I don't need to install any ghost software.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:What is Ghost Imaging Backup, in details

Imaging captures an exact copy of a partition (if you choose) or an entire disk drive of your system. Therefore, it captures everything that is installed or sitting on the drive when the image is taken. Thus, it contains the OS, Programs and Data (as long as all of that stuff is on the partition or the drive being imaged.

Ghost is an imaging type program. It captures the entire partition or drive.

Take my computer for example. I have an 80GB SSD for my OS and that is my C drive. I install the OS and the apps on this drive. I then have a D drive...which is all of my data, internet downloads, music, audio/video files. I regularly take images of my C in the event of a disaster, I can restore my C drive and be right back to where I was when the image was taken (my OS and my programs will have reverted back). However, because I keep data on D and choose to NOT image that drive....that drive will stay intact. So, any new data will be on that drive.

For me, I take regular USB backups of my actual data from D to another location on a regular that I don't lose this data in the event of a disaster. And less frequently I take a new image of C (once a month, before some big updates or before I update drivers). Used in combination, this backup routine works great for me.

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I'm running Norton Ghost 12 on a new Vista laptop and am having some problems. A month ago a full recovery point backup worked fine, and weekly incremental backups have run each week with no problems. The total disk usage on the drive is around 30Gb and I have a Western Digital external USB drive that I'm backing up onto. I've also run a file and folders backup that completed normally.

However, with a new month rolling round Ghost tries to create a new full recovery point. It gets to between 33% and 48% (having created a file with zero size) and then just sits for hours (I've left it overnight at 33% and it hadn't moved by the following morning).

I can't see any errors in the logs and the disk was defragmented a couple of days ago, so I don't know why Ghost seems to be hanging.

Any ideas on how to work out what's happening would be appreciated.


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I keep getting a message up when I schedule a backup on a computer to back up one of its drives to another computer. It keeps saying 'A specified logon session does not exist'. After I do the backup manually though, it asks for a domain, username and password to access the other computer. I type that in and then it works fine. Then if I schedule a backup to run before the computer is restarted it works fine still, like it remembers the password until it is restarted. Is there any way to make it remember for good! There don't seem to be any options for it within Norton Ghost.Both computers have a single username/password. Maybe I should get rid of the username thing - is there any point in just having one username?Just to add, both computers are running WinXP Pro with NTFS and are using Norton Ghost 9.0Thanks

Answer:Norton Ghost backup over network

I am trying to backup an image of my C drive on a laptop to a drive on my main PC. I am using Norton Ghost 9. They are connected via a Voyager 240 modem/router. I have no problem with accessing and changing or transferring files from one to the other.When I go into Ghost on the laptop and select the appropriate destination drive on the main PC a dialogue box comes up requesting input as:-?To access a network location the connection must be made as a user with permission. Please enter a user name and password? Also a Domain is required.I am a little uncertain as to what these refer to as I have entered the user name as being the name that Windows gives, but to no avail and I also do not have a password on either of the PC?sAny ideas out there?

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I have been experimenting with various backup and restore methods on my Toshiba Qosmio G30 with Vista Home Premium 32-bit.

I am running a Windows Home Server (WHS) box that has been doing backups of the Qosmio for months. The problem is I can't restore them because of the boot structure of the Qosmio (via a hidden partition) and the need to load RAID drivers as part of the WHS restore process.

So I thought I would try using Norton Ghost 12 to save drive images onto a USB drive instead. The most interesting thing happened: when starting up, Ghost 12 extacted backup database information from Vista Backup and Restore. From this info, Ghost 12 appears to have decided that my XP and Vista boot partitions had already been backup up, and refuses to even see them as backup candidates. Not surprisingly, these were the very partitions I wanted to backup.

If anyone knows how Backup and Restore works behind the scenes, please tell me how to removed the "backed-up" status from a drive, so I can use Ghost 12 ?

Acronis True Image Home 11 has no such issues with these partitions. Presumably it and Backup and Restore don't speak !

Regards, mcphzgig

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Hi, after reading that I should have an external backup, I bought a Nexstar 3 USB 3.0. compatible with USB 2.0. This in part as I lost my last Computer during an electrical storm about thirty miles away. I just want to back up about once a week.
I also bought Norton Ghost. Norton Ghost seeming to be working ok. Question: why do I need it? Apparently with Windows 7 I can just transfer Data to the external disc. I have to ask this question as the instructions coming with Norton Ghost don't seem to have been written by a human being. I should like to uninstall Norton Ghost , reformat the external and start again. Is this OK?


Answer:external backup, Norton Ghost

I'm a big fan of disk imaging software, but I'm not overly fond of Ghost for exactly the reason you state. The best of breed is Acronis True Image, but it's not free. An excellent free alternative is Macrium Reflect. I'd suggest using either of those on a regular basis.

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Hi everyone,

A friend and I set up a little network for this guy we know and we're just having a little debate which to use to back up his data.

Network setup;

He has 4 pc's, all running XP Pro. He's main machine, we call server, has two 200 GB Hds. This machine stores all the data from the other 3 client computers. He wants the first 200 Gb drive which stores the partitions for the client computers to be backed up into the second 200 Gb drive.


Which is better to use Norton Ghost 2003 or Windows XP Pro backup utility?

Thanks inadvance for any replies and it is appreciated.

Answer:Windows backup utility or Ghost?

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I'm using Norton Ghost 12 with Windows XP. Whenever I create a new recovery point, I get the following error at the end:

-Unable to read from file.
--Error EBAB03F1: The system cannot find the file specified.

The back up appears to have worked and I can browse with Recovery Point Browser, but I'm still concerned that if I actually had to restore my system then it might not work because of this error.

Does anyone know what this error means?


Answer:Norton Ghost 12 Error After Backup

A little hunting on the web turned up a couple of suggestions:

1. Make sure the drive you are copying to has a drive letter assigned.

2. Make sure you are logged in as an Admin.

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I'm using Ghost 9, and have setup an unscheduled backup job which is a base image plus incrementals.

However, frequently when I want to backup incremental changes to my drive, it instead creates a new base.

Sometimes, when I tell Ghost that I want to run a job, it gives me a choice popup, where I can choose base, base with incrementals, and incremental. Sometimes, while there is a perfectly valid base file saved on my backup disk, the incremental option is disabled (grayed out) and my only choice is to do another base. Not what I wanted.

How does Ghost determine if it can do an incremental over a baseline, and when does it decide to create a new baseline instead?

Please identify if you are guessing, or if you actually have knowledge about this subject. If you have any supporting references please provide them in the form of URL links.

Thanks for any help you may provide


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For the last week I have been trying to understand the concepts of Ghost 8.0.

Imaging machines over the network, restoring etc. all works fine. The thing I am really interested in is the backup regimes. If I got it well, this version of Ghost supports creating incremental backups of cloned machines, just what I need!!
Tried a few backups (using the backup regime wizard) and it works, but what surprises me is that there is no possibility to backup just a partition in stead of the complete disc. Creating images however, lets me choose wether to backup a certain partition or the complete disc.
I don't care about other partitions than the system on the targeted computer, so backing up the complete disc is not interesting for me and a waste of disc space.

In short:
Is there even a possibility to create incremental backups (via the backup regime option) of a certain partition in stead of complete harddisc?? (maybe upgrading to Ghost 9.0)

Thanks a lot!

Answer:Symantec Ghost 8.0 backup regimes

You can back up any partitions of your hdd with Norton Ghost 8. Usually it will highlight all partitions to be backed up, but you simply click the partition to be backed up and select file to backup or CDR/DVD to back up. When select backup up to a file, you need to give it a name and back it up onto a different partition.

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I have used Norton Save & Restore to make a back up of my machine. If at a later date I only want to extract certain folders from this, can I - or do I need to copy the whole file to my machine?Thanks

Answer:Norton Ghost - Backup files

yes you can in the recovery you can use the recover my files, it's a good program and yes it does really work i know i have had to use it to recover my whole hard drive

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How do you manually backup over network using Ghost 9?I am trying to backup an image of my C drive on a laptop to a drive on my main PC. I am using Norton Ghost 9. They are connected via a Voyager 240 modem/router. I have no problem with accessing and changing or transferring files from one to the other. When I go into Ghost on the laptop and select the appropriate destination drive on the main PC a dialogue box comes up requesting input as:- ?To access a network location the connection must be made as a user with permission. Please enter a user name and password? Also a Domain is required.

Answer:How do you manually backup on network with Ghost 9

suggest that you first make your administrator user on both machines have the same password, then log on as that user and try again

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Backing up my entire 60GB harddrive onto CDs seems like an endless process. I am running Win XP and have Norton System Works which includes the Ghost program (I've never used it). Let's say I bought a second harddrive just for backup purposes and also installed XP. Here are my questions:

1. If I set the bios to boot up the old drive (master) as "HDD 0" can I assume it will just be automatic and boot to that drive each time?

2. If that is so, should I list "HDD 1" as 2nd in the boot order so I can call it up to copy to it, or should I exclude it?

Now for Ghost. I'm not really sure what to do. If I make a ghost copy of the master hdd and copy it to the 2nd hdd:

3. The backup includes the OS, so how does it work to back it up on top of another OS?

4. And each time I backup to HDD 1, will the new files simply overwrite the old ones?

5. Once I've made my ghost copy, how do I get to the backup drive so I can copy it?

6. I've heard Ghost will read an NTFS drive (which is what I prefer) but will only write to FAT 32. Therefore, the 2nd hdd would have to be a FAT drive. Is that correct?

I believe you need to use DOS to start Ghost:

7. Do you need DOS again to copy it to the backup drive?

8. XP doesn't have DOS. Do I use some kind of boot disk?

Sorry for the long post.

Answer:Ghost and two harddrives as a backup system

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I have a windows XP system operating with a new copy of Ghost backing up two discs to an intranet disc server. Unfortunately during a backup there was a power cut of about 10 minutes. When I restarted the PC, after a colleague had restarted the disc server, I noticed Ghost was busy but didn't mind as it was good to see it had survived the crash. It hasn't changed status since then and won't cancel the backup. I've tried to delete the task, logout/in cancel the job, but all to no avail. I could really do with some help as I use this PC to develope code and need to be sure it doesn't get lost ;-) . I can't find any answers on the Symantec web site, or a way of communicating with them, so I'm hoping somebody has a clue.

Answer:Norton Ghost 14.00 won't give up a backup

pjcoleman said:

I have a windows XP system operating with a new copy of Ghost backing up two discs to an intranet disc server. Unfortunately during a backup there was a power cut of about 10 minutes. When I restarted the PC, after a colleague had restarted the disc server, I noticed Ghost was busy but didn't mind as it was good to see it had survived the crash. It hasn't changed status since then and won't cancel the backup. I've tried to delete the task, logout/in cancel the job, but all to no avail. I could really do with some help as I use this PC to develope code and need to be sure it doesn't get lost ;-) . I can't find any answers on the Symantec web site, or a way of communicating with them, so I'm hoping somebody has a clue.
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Hi Patrick,

Mike from the Norton Authorized Support Team responding to your posting.

Since the server that you were sending the backup to had a power outage, the backup most likely did not complete, or other problems may have occurred on the server, which are preventing the backup from completing. This power-outage may also have affected your Windows XP machine as well, and may have corrupted the Norton Ghost application.

Make sure that you can access the server in Windows, where you are sending the Ghost backup. If you can access the server, launch Ghost and create a new backup job and try to send the backup to server again.

If the Ghost application is still having ... Read more

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I'm not sure if this is possible or not but here is what I want out of the end product. I want to put the DVD that I make (which has my HD image on it) into my computer and recover the image to the HD.

Here is the scenario: I want to build a PC for my mom. Run all the updates, install all the apps, virus scan, firewall, DVD software and all the utilities that she needs and get it running smoothly for her.

Then, with Ghost 9, I want to make a backup of that perfect fresh install. I know I can write the image to DVD (s), but the computer won't boot to them directly, correct?

is there a way that if she pops the DVD in, it will reinstall the "fresh" system back to the way it was? I'd be great if it would even re-format the partition if it is possible. I guess I am kind of trying to make recovery disks like Compaq and HP have with their new computers.

Does anyone know hoe this is done and if it is possible? I would like to do it without a floppy if possible. Thank a lot for any help you can give me!!!

Answer:Making a bootable DVD backup with Ghost 9?

Id know and can walk you through it... It's really a fairly easy thing to do.
First you need to actually create a floppy for starting up a system with the DVD. On the floppy, you need the autoexec.bat that will launch whatever it is that you want to run, the config.sys with all the drivers for the DVD for dos and anything else you will need. I use Perl and have Perl installed on the DVD so that i can run special functions, but I don't think that will be needed for you. All you need is to make a bit of .....

you do know how to write a few simple batch commands right?

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I have Norton Ghost 14 and Vista 64 Ultimate.

I don't see any reason to use Ghost over Windows Backup.

Both take about 2 hours to backup my hard drive.

Am I wrong?


Answer:Norton Ghost vs Ultimate Backup

Use vista complete pc backup and restore image as it is integrated into the o/s, and the image can be updated

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I read a article today in Computeredge magazine and one of the readers sent in his notes for simplifying backup and restore in Ghost 2003.

He uses DOS autoexec.bat to do it. This will not be useful to everyone but might help some understand the program a little better.

The link is

Answer:Article about simplifying Ghost backup

I used to use a batch file with GHOST 2003 to do automated backups on several machines. I had a scheduled task run to swap my BOOT.INI file to boot up in MS-DOS, run the GHOST, and then boot back into Windows.

I find it much easier to just schedule a backup with Acronis True Image and it happens.

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I am using Norton Ghost to make a backup of my hardrive. The problem that I have is that both drives are exactly the same model and size. When using Ghost it only show the two drives. Problem is I am not sure which ones is the original and which one is the backup drive. If I proceed with the wrong drive I am going to lose all the info I am trying to backup.Any help please ??

Answer:Solved: Using Norton Ghost for Backup ??

I always make my partitions different sizes so I can tell them apart in Ghost. So you might consider shrinking one just slightly with a partitioning tool such as GParted.

You would then have to change your backup procedure from "drive to drive" to "partition to partition".

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Any views or comment please....I have an external hard drive so as to make full system backups plus future auto backups...Does anyone have any views on which is best, user friendly etc.....Norton Ghost or Iomega Backup Pro....Many thanks


If you want a recommendation, I, and most of my clients, use Acronis TrueImage. Really excellent.

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I want to create a full DISK IMAGE, ie: one big file so if I need to restore my whole hard drive, I can.

Does Win 7 backup do that?

Answer:does the windows 7 backup do everything Ghost & Acronis will do?

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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I'm using Norton Ghost 12 with Windows XP. Whenever I create a new recovery point, I get the following error at the end:

-Unable to read from file.
--Error EBAB03F1: The system cannot find the file specified.

The back up appears to have worked and I can browse with Recovery Point Browser, but I'm still concerned that if I actually had to restore my system then it might not work because of this error.

Does anyone know what this error means?


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I have both versions & have found a great deal of info on MultiCast & doing this manually but need to know what files are required on the PC to run this from a scheduled task. Computer is running XP Pro w/ 2GB proc & about a gig of RAM. PC has 2nd 20GB hard drive as the destination for image.

Any help on this will be greatly appreciated.

~Thank You

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