Symantec Ghost Boot CD With Mouse and Network Support

If you build a Symantec Ghost Boot CD from Ghost Boot Wizard there will be no mouse support. The CD will work in every other respect, booting DOS (PC-DOS is the default), connecting the network interface card (NIC), using the driver you selected, to the network and running the Ghost application. It is unfortunate that Symantec have not included mouse support in the CD target boot package as they have done in the Floppy Disk set. Although you can use the arrow keys to navigate the menus in Ghost, it is much more intuitive to select the required option by moving and clicking the mouse buttons. First I will run through how to make a Ghost Floppy Disk Set and Ghost Boot CD using Ghost Boot Wizard, then give step by step instructions on how to build a Ghost Boot CD with mouse and network support.

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.0
The latest version of Symantec Ghost is Ghost 11 and is supplied as part of the Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.0 for which we have a support licence for twenty copies. For details of the licence see Sheila Gardner or Archie Howitt. This package contains: Symantec Ghost Console Symantec Ghost Console Client Symantec GhostCast Server Symantec Ghost Boot Wizard Symantec Ghost Symantec Ghost User Migration Wizard Other utility programs….. The latest version of Symantec Ghost Suite 2.0 has been downloaded and is available on a CD for installation.

Installing Symantec Ghost
Copy the install program from the Symantec Install CD to some temporary folder and in that folder run Symantec_Ghost_Solution_Suite _2.0_AllWin_EN.exe, which is a selfextracting program. If you get a Security Warning you can safely ignore it. An install dialogue box will appear automatically. Note the Destination folder should be the same as your temporary folder - Install.


In the Destination Drive dialogue box select Create ISO Image and browse to your temporary folder. You can now close the Symantec Ghost Solution Suite install selection dialogue . In your temporary folder you will have the ISO image .Finish.burn it to CD.if it looks right . Then the Symantec Ghost Suite install selection dialogue box will come up.g.assuming you have the right NIC driver. Ghost Boot Wizard For the next part you will have to find out what network card (NIC) is in the computer(s) you want to can always get it back if you want to install other options by running CDStart.Next. This time click on Install Ghost Standard Tools.Next. which is the third option down from the top of the list. you will have to add the driver you obtained Ghost Boot Wizard.exe Next Next Keep as DHCP . but this time at the Destination Drive dialogue window select Floppy Disk Set – Next.note this down.Lots of folders and files will be extracted. This will take a few minutes to complete. you should see a new entry for Symantec Ghost . When done . From the Windows Start button menu select All Programs. If it is not. You could try them first if you want.Finish. Leave as Symantec Ghost and make sure the Program Location is: C:\Program Files\ Symantec\Ghost\ghost. A second list selection will appear. Leave as PC-DOS . You will have to get a DOS driver for this device if it is not included in this next step.iso – Save. In the Symantec Ghost Boot Wizard dialogue box select Network Boot Package . Boot your PC with this CD and all should work . Accept all the defaults for the install procedure. Ghost_boot. Click on Install Symantec Ghost at the top of the list. but I doubt it. The ISO file will be generated and written to your temporary folder. A similar procedure can be carried out to produce a Floppy Disc Set. First we will create a Bootable Ghost CD with network support for disk imaging or cloning – note there will be no mouse support. In the File name box give your ISO a name e. Look at the Review window . You will see a couple of Universal Packet drivers .Next. Inspect the Review 2 . or tick the box Show All Drivers and see if your driver is there .these may suffice.Next.if it is then select it. You can see this by opening the Device Manager and clicking on the Network adapters . Next.exe in your temporary folder. at the end .Next. .

Next. Start to format the first floppy disk.window . As mentioned above. using MS-DOS supplied from an external source. mark the floppy disks: disk1 & disk2. On completion a message will tell you to insert the second disk – follow the same procedure as for the first disk. we have seen that the Floppy Disk Set does. using Ghost Wizard to produce a Boot CD will not give you mouse support. this version of MS-DOS must be produced from Windows 95 or 98 – no other version is compatible! If you do this the Boot Ghost CD produced still does not have mouse support. such as a floppy disk. however. When finished.html It may be a good idea to gain some background information by reading this article before proceeding further. however. First create the following directory tree in which to build the project files: C:\Bootable CD Project |_Boot Image |_Downloads | |_Mouse (Microsoft) | |_Win98se OEM Boot Disk | |_WinImage |_Extracted Files |_WinImage Then download the following files to their respective “Downloads” subdirectories: 3 . Admittedly you can build a Floppy Disk Set or a Boot ISO image.bat and config. When this is done . You would think that you could use these floppy disks to supply the operating system files from which Ghost Wizard would produce the CD image.radified. Here I will give the step-by-step procedure I used to produce a Ghost Boot CD based on the article mentioned above. However.close. with the required information since Ghost Wizard generates its own copy of these files. will also include network support. My solution. A warning message will inform you that two floppy disks are required OK. autoexec. even although you provide the mouse driver and edit the MS-DOS files. for burning on to The Floppy Disk Set is built using PC-DOS by default and MS-DOS is required. but you can not.sys. Ghost Boot CD with Mouse and Network Support The following notes are based on an article “Creating Bootable CD/DVDs Without A:\Floppy Drive”: http://nightowl. the floppy disk will now be written. Booting your PC with this floppy disk set will give you both network and mouse support.

sys msdos.dos command.exe.bootdisk.exe The hidden image files within from the Downloads\Mouse (Microsoft) directory that you downloaded earlier.sys oakcdrom. These are the files that will be used to create the operating system image on the Boot CD. add the mouse driver. From the File|Open menu selection in config. Then change to this directory and start WinImage by clicking on winimag.exe.exe. To add the mouse Then from the Image menu select Extract and in the dialogue box browse to the directory C:\Bootable CD Project\Extracted Files .dos 4 . Extract the following files by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each file in turn: • • • • • • • • autoexec.IM?.EXE) Then open C:\Bootable CD project\Downloads\Win98se OEM Boot Disk\boot98.sys io. network driver and the file config.*WLZ. The C:\Bootable CD Project\Extracted Files should now look like: • • • • • autoexec.sys From the Downloads\WinImage subdirectory install WinImage.bat b57.IMG in WinImage and extracting the files from the Net directory.sys himem.exe are revealed and listed in the main window of WinImage. by running the selfextracting program winima80.htm WinImage – from http://www.bat to have the files extracted. into C:\Bootable CD Project\WinImage.*.htm#mouse Win98se OEM Boot Disk – from http://www. just copy mouse. Now in the Extracted Files directory we have to edit two files. The easiest way to get the network driver files is to make a Floppy Disk Set from Ghost Wizard as explained above. Open the first floppy disk in Windows Explorer and copy all the files from the Net directory.winimage. select Files of Type: All WinImage files (*.• • • Mouse (Microsoft) – from You can also do the same from a Boot Ghost CD by opening OSBOOT.sys dis_pkt.

IMA). Then add the following: @echo off path=a:\.com mscdex.44 MB . Then add the following: mscdex.sys mouse.exe Open config.exe prorocol. Go to the Image menu and select Boot sector Properties… and then click on the Windows 95/98 button .sys netbind.bat and config. Save the file as GhostBootCD in the C:\Bootable CD Project\Boot Image directory with the Save as Type: box selected as Image file (*.com Now we want to edit the autoexec.exe msdos.dos /I:A: device=dis_pkt.sys protman. Hold down the Ctrl key and click on all files except ebd. Open autoexec. which can now be used for the Boot CD image.OK.ima.dos device=B57.sys files. From the Image menu select Inject and navigate to the C:\Bootable CD Project\Extracted Files. Close WinImage.ini ebd.dos protman. In WinImage select File|New and in the Format Selection dialogue box select 1. 5 .exe /d:ghost /l:x /m:16 /v netbind. to select them – Open. There you will find the file GhostBootCD. Open the C:\Bootable CD Project\Boot Image oakcdrom.dos lastdrive=z Now we are ready to make the image.x:\ mouse.sys device=protman.• • • • • • • • • • • himem.syst in Windows Notepad and delete all its contents.sys io.bat in Windows Notepad and delete all its contents.sys /d:ghost device=himem.

New. You will see all the files listed that you used to make up the boot image.Burning the CD I used Nero 7 Premium to burn the image to CD but other popular DVD/CD burning programs such as Roxio Easy CD Creator will do equally well. Archie Howitt 03 May 2007 6 . Then Ghost will be launched and you will have mouse and network support.X:\ indicating that Ghost can be rerun at any time from the A: or X: drives. The Ghost application is on the mounted drive X. From the Applications menu select Nero Burn Rom and in the New Compilations window choose CD-ROM (Boot). browse to C:\Bootable CD Project\Boot Image and select GhostBootCD.ima . When the Burn Compilation dialogue appears click Burn to commence burning the image to CD. Booting with the Ghost CD When you boot the computer with the Boot Ghost CD.<return>. Open Nero 7 and select CD as the disk type from the dropdown menu. The path command will show: Path=A:\. To change to this drive enter X: .exe to the centre pane. notice the prompt will be A:\> and a dir command will read the CD in the CD-drive as if it was a floppy disk. network drivers and mouse driver being loaded. and quit Ghost. A dir command will show the Ghost.Open to select this as the boot image to burn . In the right hand File Browser pane navigate to C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost and drag a copy of ghost. Under the Boot tab select Image file as the source of the boot image data.exe program file. Pop a CD-ROM (I suggest a CD-RW at first until you are happy with the results) into the CD-Rewriter and click on the Burn icon in the Tool bar. information will be displayed on the monitor showing the operating system. When you have finished.

The mouse. autoexe.bat • The path= instructs DOS to look in the root directory of the drives with these letters for the listed programs that are called for in the autoexec.bat and config. If you wish the first letter to be assigned to the optical drive to be M:. the letter X: so the first optical drive letter can be no less than X:. The netbind.radified.exe program assigns the drive letter to the optical drives.m:\. The command line switch /v is for verbose. If you have a second optical is part of the network driver building process. or else it will default to the next available letter after the hard drive partitions. the root directory of A: and will load that mouse program if found in the path= statement path. that letter has to be after all the hard drive partitions have been assigned. then change the x to m so it looks like this /l:m.sys program oakcdrom. like so: path=a:\.html with some addition given for network support. You would also have to change the path statement above so the x is m.Appendix: Here are some notes to explain the editing in the autoexec. in DOS. it will be assigned the drive letter Y:. or typed at the DOS prompt. and subdirectories if you wish. The command line switch /l:x tells mscdex. The command line switch /d:ghost is the link to the config.exe to display after loading the full text results of what it has done. The file.sys that mounted the optical drive.exe to use as the first possible drive letter. so in this case. it tells mscdex. The command line switch /m:16 is telling DOS to set aside 16 memory sector buffers for better performance. • • • • • • • • • 7 . Last thing to be done is to load and run Ghost.sys files – most of these have been lifted from: http://nightowl. But. You can also specify specific folders (directories).

The /d:ghost after oakcdrom. The lastdrive=z tells DOS to reserve memory space so drive letters A: through Z: can be used.sys • The oakcdrom.config. dis_pkt.sys is a command line switch that tells oakcdrom. The himem.dos.dos and B57. Network files are protman.dos.sys what name to give to the CD-ROM drive that mscdex. Note the /I:A: telling protman to find the files on the A drive.sys file is a universal driver that mounts a CD or DVD drive so you can read from it.sys device loads DOS in high memory (not really required but I have put it in).bat file will look for.exe in the autoexec. • • • 8 . it is just a designated name so could be anything that is eight or less characters after the /d: .

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