Symantecs Ghost 8.0 Tracks the Basics

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-11-10 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Symantec's Ghost 8.0 Corporate Edition, released last month, handily tracks basic hardware and software inventory, and it has plenty of new features to make operating system and software deployments easier than previous versions.

Symantecs Ghost 8.0 Corporate Edition, released last month, handily tracks basic hardware and software inventory, and it has plenty of new features to make operating system and software deployments easier than previous versions. Version 8.0 of Ghost—which is almost a household word for creating and managing PC images—is a significant upgrade, but Symantec has even bigger plans for the product that IT managers should anticipate, probably early next year.

I used Ghost 8.0 to collect inventory information such as processor speed and the amount of RAM in my test system at eWEEK Labs. The information made it easier for me to make decisions about which machines to upgrade to Windows XP and which machines would need additional memory.

Integrating inventory information into Ghost 8.0 will likely reduce the need for IT managers to get a separate inventory management tool. However, the inventory information that Ghost 8.0 provided in my tests showed that IT managers should consider using more specialized tools to obtain detailed inventory management.

Symantecs recent acquisitions of PowerQuest and ON Technology indicate that big moves are likely ahead for the Ghost product line. I will be watching for new products that result from the merger of the near- legendary PartitionMagic disk partition management software and ONs enterprise management software.

 
 
 
 
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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