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Old 07-01-2004, 08:35 AM   #1
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Question open source/linux equivalent to Norton Ghost or StorageSoft's ImageCast


looking for an alternative to Norton Ghost or StorageSoft's ImageCast. i need a program that can pull & distribute hard disk images over a network to multiple computers simultaneously. we also need a program that will support both NTFS and HPFS. we are currently using ImageCast, but we recently purchased some IBM machines which come with a nifty Rapid Restore feature. in order to take full advantage of it, however, we need to have the ability to image OS/2 partitions. we would prefer to use open source, but would consider a commercial alternative, although we haven't found anything open source or otherwise that has these particular features. any suggestions?
 
Old 07-01-2004, 09:16 AM   #2
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I think, if you do a search of the forums for Ghost, you might run into partimage. I think it's on sourceforge.net.

Good luck! Ghost 8.0 supports ghosting of linux partitions (even with the grub boot loader.)
 
Old 07-01-2004, 09:47 AM   #3
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my problem with partimage is i need something with stable support of NTFS. if it weren't for that, partimage might be a viable option. we're imaging Windows computers, so honestly linux file system compatibility doesn't even matter. Ghost supports NTFS but not HPFS, so we can't use that either.
 
Old 07-01-2004, 11:14 AM   #4
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Have you looked into deploying through RIS? It can actually be setup to deploy multiple OS's. All you need are PXE compliant NIC's.
 
Old 07-14-2004, 01:09 PM   #5
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Try this

Have you checked a tool named UDPCast?

This tool is a very good cloning tool that uses multicasting.

http://udpcast.linux.lu/

-ScriptKid
 
Old 07-14-2004, 04:53 PM   #6
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Create a "Clone" of the Windows Pre-Installation Environment (Windows PE) using a copy of this link and DRIVE IMAGE 2002 (Handles Linux, Windows etc etc partitions) and will write to NTFS for the backup images .

I also have created a Partition Manager plugin as well. If you need info on how to do this or how to add other plugins you might want -- the choice is almost unlimited either PM or email me off post.

( Don't use DRIVEIMAGE 7 as it requires that HUGE Bloatware Microsoft .NET to be installed).

The CD will boot and RUN ENTIRELY FROM THE CD / DVD so ideal for "cloning" computers.

It's very similar to the official version of Microsoft's Corporate tool Windows PE and is 100% LEGAL.

If you also write your Partition Backup on to the DVD then you've got a 1-button recovery system and with network support you can xmit / your backup images all over your network where necessary.

It's got a file manager built in and Network support so a very handy tool. I've built some add ins to use Mozilla-Firefox, WS-FTP (an FTP program) and some other recovery tools. NTFS file support of course is handled (Read AND write)

Anyway here's the link.

Hope it helps. I hate having to recommend a Windows solution on a Linux Forum but to maintain a lot of machines in a mixed environment it's a necessary evil.

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

Last edited by 1kyle; 07-14-2004 at 05:08 PM.
 
Old 02-26-2008, 07:13 PM   #7
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Updated list of open source norton ghost linux equivalents

found this list the other day theres a few that arnt mentioned here
cyberpunkcafe.com's List of Free Open Source Alternatives to Norton Ghost
 
Old 06-17-2008, 08:16 AM   #8
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Quote:
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my problem with partimage is i need something with stable support of NTFS. if it weren't for that, partimage might be a viable option. we're imaging Windows computers, so honestly linux file system compatibility doesn't even matter. Ghost supports NTFS but not HPFS, so we can't use that either.
I used clonezilla to ghost my 1 week old 120gb hitachi hard drive on my acer 6292 to a 250gb samsung. No problems, the original had a hidden 5gb partition, a 50gb ntfs and a 50gb fat32. All copied very well. Once I download mepis 7 I will convert the fat32 to ntfs, make the 2nd ntfs partition 100gb or so and use the remaining space for mepis.
Stable enough I think.
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