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Ghost Solution Suite 2.5

Ghost Solution Suite

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windows* mac
linux** unix

disk-cloning deployment

Ghost is easy to use, high performance software used to deploy operating system images to servers and workstations as well as management of both Linux and Windows systems. It's so well known and widely used that the imaging process, despite other products doing the same thing, is called "ghosting".

The latest version has enhancements to the core engine as well as updates to the console. The core, Ghost Server, does most of the work but the console isn't often noticed; Symantec has made major improvements to this aspect, which is a simple inventory system that allows you to keep track of and create machine groups. Once created, the groups help you deploy software and images based on your policies. Ghost is ideal for small to medium networks, providing important information such as which applications are installed, hardware composition and patches. For Vista users, the system shows you which of your systems would benefit from an upgrade and which would not. This feature is understandably popular with administrators, especially those with heavy workloads who need to save time.

Another popular feature is the DeployAnywhereTM technology, allowing you to create hardware independent images that allow image re-use across system regardless of hardware configurations. In addition significant savings in cost and time are realized, increasing production time and making downtime almost a thing of the past. It's little wonder that it's the most used imaging and deployment software.

Open source Ghost Solution Suite alternatives

Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Clonezilla is an open source solution to computer backup, restoration and "ghosting". It is based on partition imaging and allows you to backup and recover your system should it be taken out by a... Read more
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
FOG is an imaging solution for Vista and Windows XP that makes use of some open-source tools and a PHP based web interface. It is unique in that it requires no boot disks or CDs, using TFTP and PXE... Read more

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