There is nothing more painful than reinstalling your operating system and then going through hours and sometimes days of customizing and installing your favourite software one after another. Symantec is well known for not just its Norton Antivirus but also the well known data backup tool-Ghost. This latest release of the suite is aimed at both network administrators as well as standalone users.
Ghost Solution Suite 2.0 comes with the latest Norton Ghost 11.0 which is a DOS based application. Creating images from partitions or hard disks from it is easy and straight forward. The interface has changed a little over the years. Restoring or creating images isn't limited to local drives anymore.
Ghostcast offers a unique way of accessing images from the server over the network. Opening and extracting certain folders and files from an image can be done with a little utility called Ghost Explorer.
Administrating the Ghost enabled systems is made possible by the Ghost Console which gives the user an overview of all the computers on the network running the client. One of the main features with the Ghost Solution Suite is allowing the administrator to run a server with a session and then multiple clients connecting over the network to either dump or access images from the server.
The whole suite comes packed with pretty much everything a network administrator would need to setup new machines. In addition to this, upgrading from a current OS such as Windows XP to Vista is also made easy as the Ghost console automatically can backup all the necessary settings and system files. The application even goes to the extent of checking the machines configurations to make sure they can run Vista properly. Such features are made to be very customizable. The printed documentation shouldn't be of much use as it's more of a brief of the features available. The real documentation is in the form of well explained interactive flash animations and screenshots on the CD.
The entire package is very good for the network administrator managing several machines on the network; although a home user could have done with just a plain install of Norton Ghost. With a price tag of $39.20, it is a good buy for anyone who has to make clean installs of customized operating systems on several machines very often plus it also doubles up as a data backup utility.
Performance : 4
Features : 4.5
Ease of use : 3
Value for Money : 4
Overall : 4
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