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    Virtual PC/Ghost

    I'll start here and it can be moved if required.

    I was on one of my deadlines...maybe this when i can use this smilie <IMG SRC=http://www.magicforest.co.uk/fun/jezzabearjuggle.gif> for real now. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I will be undertaking training all next week on some specialist software and the company had sent me a Ghost image of the server build we were being trained on and i was expected to put this image on 4 Dell PC's. Working in an IT department you would think it easy to get hold of 4 PC's but the ones we usually have are broken or have parts missing. I managed to get hold of 3 working one and was unable to get a fourth. So last night I had an idea. Maybe if I created a Virtual PC I could cut the GHO file across to a new drive.

    I created a vmc file that contained a primary disc (C :/) and a secondary disc (E :/). Tghis effectively creates two VMC files in seperate areas of the host machine which can "talk" together when activated via VPC 2004. I created an operating system on C: and then copied the GHO and a GHS file on to that drive. Booted the C: using a ghost boot disc and then extracted the image from C to E.....are you following this <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    After completion I then created a new virtual PC and used the image of the server on E as the new virtual machines root drive. ........The Virtual PC fired up but hung and stopped. I can see all of the files on the drive when I view it through the first viortual PC it just won't boot. <img src=/S/weep.gif border=0 alt=weep width=21 height=16>

    Any ideas/methods that I can use to extract a gho image via a virtual PC and get it to run?
    Jerry

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    Re: Virtual PC/Ghost

    Ghost alows you to mount the volumes in a Ghost backup as virrtual drives, then yo can copy the files wherever.

    You can even recover volumes from the recovery CD.

    However, when moving an OS from one PC to another, one cannot merely copy the files, as there may be different drivers involved and every computer on a network has to have a different SID.

    Since each of the computers yopu are using is likely sufficuently different than the original, there will likely be problems,

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    Re: Virtual PC/Ghost

    Howard, you missed the point.

    What Jezza tried to do is to create two servers (two Ghost servers) on one machine. He has no Ghost backup, but Ghost image file (.gho) of the server. Of course, it is possible to restore the image to the virtual computer, but Ghost server would not functioning this way. To open Ghost sessions, to operate Ghost Console ets. you have to have an access to NIC and real IP address, not access to NIC of host computer.

    Ghost Server can be installed on the machine with any Windows operating system, that's why Jezza probably thought such scenario is workable. But it is not. As illustration, did you ever try to install, say, two file servers on one machine?

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    Re: Virtual PC/Ghost

    I have plain Ghost 10, not server version.

    Only servers I would install would be for pizza and ice cream.

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    Re: Virtual PC/Ghost

    Thanks for clarifying that for me Kaplinb.

    Luckily for me the company supplying the specific software have realised we are quite an important customer for them at the moment and they created a full working version of the server environment and the database for me ( at present 11 Gb !!!!).

    I will be adding this to an external hardrive and do my development on that prior to copying across to my real development server.

    Thanks again
    Jerry

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