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|>From: "BobS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|>Subject: Imaging a Vista Installation - Question for the guru's - imagex
|>Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 16:51:39 -0500
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|>I've seen a number of posts in this ng as well as others that are asking
|>about how to clone a Vista installation (image backup) so it can be
|>in the event of a failure or short between the ears.
|>In the past I have used a number of disc imaging programs from freeware
|>the commercial ($$) ones and have had consistent recovery results with
|>Symantec's Ghost and Norton Save and Restore which is a variation. Your
|>mileage may vary and others certainly work, I just favor the flexibility
|>got with these. Notice, I did not say - bug free or that everything goes
|>smooth as silk when a disaster strikes but they have pulled thru some of
|>most interesting of hardware configurations. Ones you hope will work
|>after being tested but things changed in the meantime and you cross your
|>That said, Ghost 12 is in the works and I'll probably get it when done as
|>much as it pains me to give Symantec any more money - but their tech
|>has improved. I actually got a call-back from them doing follow-up to
|>insure the problem was solved.
|>But in lieu of Ghost for now, I went looking for a Vista compatible
|>solution. Yes I know what Acronis says but what their program does is
|>something different - inconsistent results is what I got under XP and a
|>corrupted disc on two other instances - no thanks.
|>After much looking around, I found " imagex " that is part of the Windows
|>"Business Desktop Deployment 2007".
|>In short, you can read about it here and it's free
|>I have not had the chance to try it but I did download the package and
|>watched a short tutorial. It is Ghost on steroids but the downside is
|>it's not GUI based so it's probably a bit geeky for the casual user. And
|>don't know how to use it to do a recovery but it does compression, allows
|>you to combine images and uses the WIM image format so you can recover to
|>any size partition from what I've read.
|>So my questions for the guru's that have used this imagex program:
|>1. Is anyone developing a GUI interface for this imaging / deployment
|>Would appear MS could have a Ghost killer if they did....
|>2. Is it realizable and as flexible as TechNet indicates?
|>3. I'm assuming I can make a bootable CD with this on it since it's a tad
|>large for a floppy.
|>4. What other tools would you recommend be placed on the CD to deal with
|>recovery scenarios for Vista?