Its Scary How Well This Works

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-05-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ghost 7.0 nearly succeeds at being all things to all people and is still a good choice for setting up PCs in a central depot.

Ghost 7.0 nearly succeeds at being all things to all people and is still a good choice for setting up PCs in a central depot.

In testing the latest version of Symantecs software (www.symantec.com), I was able to clone a range of Windows 9x, NT and 2000 systems. Besides disk cloning, which is the products raison dêtre, Ghost has improved user migration and incremental backup tools.

Although the cloning operations usually went off without a hitch, Ghost still cant clone Windows 2000 systems that are configured with a dynamic disk. And the user migration tool doesnt stack up to single-purpose desktop migration products such as Altiris PC Transplant Pro.

IT managers should expect to see big improvements in disk cloning and desktop migration tools in the near future as several vendors ready new versions. Look for competitors, including Altiris and Miramar Systems, the maker of Desktop DNA, to be nipping at Symantecs heels.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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