You need to know how to use the Ghost Recovery Kit to set up an automated method of restoring a Ghost image.
: The Ghost Recovery Kit software is Value Added Reseller software that is intended for OEM System Builders. This process requires extensive knowledge of Microsoft's Windows PE, Ghost, hard disk geometry, partition types, and XML. You should
proceed without this knowledge.
Set up a model machine and capture an image that is locked to the hardware. For more information about locking the image so that it can only be restored to specific machines, see pages 17 - 20 of the "Ghost Recovery Kit" guide. BIOS locking is a Microsoft requirement for OEM distributors. The "Ghost Recovery Kit" guide is attached at the bottom of this article.
Create a Windows PE USB flash drive (UFD) by following the steps in the following document:
Capture an image of the UFD device using "Ghost32.exe." This can be done from Windows on the computer that has the "Ghost Standard Tools" installed.
Perform any desired customization on GhostOEM. For more information on customizing GhostOEM, refer to pages 21 - 28 of the Ghost Recovery Kit Guide.
Restore the Ghost operating system (OS) image to the model computer using the "Ghost Cast Server." In Ghost, adjust the size of the partition to a smaller size so that there is room enough to store the image file that will be used when the recovery is started. The partition can be re-sized in the "Destination Drive Details" screen by adjusting the value in the "new size" field.
When Ghost finishes restoring the OS image, click Continue. Do not exit Ghost at this point.
Reconfigure the "Ghost Cast Server" to restore the Windows PE image that was created in "Preparation Step 3 above." Configure the "Ghost Cast Server" to restore the Windows PE image as a "partition image." Restore the image to the second (smaller) partition on the drive.
Once the Windows PE image has been restored, restart the computer into Windows.
Access My Computer and note the presence of a second drive. Copy the OS image that was created in "Preparation Step 1 above" to the second drive.
Configuring the MBR to use the Recovery Partition:
Note: If the Windows installation you intend to restore via the Ghost Recovery Kit is Windows Vista, you must disable User Account Control in Vista prior to running the next set of steps. Simply running the command prompt as an administrator does not allow access to the master file table.
Copy the contents of the "Recovery Kit" folder from the "Ghost 2.5 installation CD" to C:\Recovery Kit.
Open SRFIXMBR.XML and ensure that the values for the "User Partition number" and the "Recovery Partition number" are set correctly. For this example, the "User Partition" is number one and the "Recovery Partition" is number two. These entries are located toward the bottom of the XML file. Look for the following lines:
Open a command prompt
Change the directory to: C:\Recovery Kit
When asked if you want to overwrite the "Master Boot Record", select Yes.
Restart the computer and note the message that appears just after the computer begins to start up: "Press F3 to boot to the recovery partition."
Test the "Recovery Kit" by pressing F3 at the prompt. If the "Recovery Kit" was configured correctly, the computer should boot into a Windows PE environment, immediately begin restoring the image, and then restart into the Windows OS after the recovery completes. The restore process will be completely unattended if the "Recovery Kit" was configured correctly.