ops i accidently hit quote instead of just reply. hehe plus i adjusted the times below to what i can remember.
you guys are so complicated. either you're using the old method... or trying to use the Ghost Console... which doesn't really help sometimes.
so far i've successfully ghosted/restored my Prostar 8814 (8890's twin) using the CD-burner.
this image is only the BASE install of WindowsXP.
at work, i've cloned to and from a "Ghostcast Server".
Since you're mostly messing with the Enterprise version, on the "other machine" you should install the Ghost software... and then run Ghostcast server... however you can't do that if the OS not NT based kernel (last i recall). you need to make a session name, name for the new image, number of clients... then accept.
while that is running, create a bootdisk (seperate program) for the laptop/desktop you're trying to make an image of.... network boot disk... get the drivers if ghost doesn't already have em. if you don't have a DHCP, you have to make sure the settings for making the disk will have static ip address(es). create your disk.
boot the laptop with the disk, and then once Ghost is running, go to ghost cast, then multicast (granted it's only one machine, this is what i use)... then after it loads the tcp/ip data, it'll ask for session name, enter... if all goes well, it'll ask image related question... size of drive, type compression... etc.
lately at work, i've had to work on new machines from HP... they don't boot up correctly into Ghost without a specific switch... "ghost -fni"... even ghstwalk fails without that -fni switch.
if you do multiple machines based on one image (windows XP or 2000), don't forget to run ghstwalk when ghost is done and before booting into windows.
"Btw, this thing was much faster than ghosting a drive."
a) non-network cloning is usually faster if you're say HDD to HDD internally, or externally thru a fast connection (firewire anyone?) because then you don't have to deal with the network.
or b) again, from the sounds of it... a lot of you guys ARE doing it the old way. where ghost handles mapped drives... use multicast and you'll see some improvement in speed... ESPECIALLY when doing more than one.
single system or multiple systems indivdually (doing only one at a time) takes 10-15 minutes (say about 3 GB image) on 100tx network
multiple systems at the same time... time increases almost exponentially for each system.
ghost cast way....
maybe less then the previous 10-15 minutes... but this is the time it takes, if you're doing one machine... or 20 machines. but typically i only do 3 at a time, because i no longer maintain a lab, so i only need to work on a few at a time.