In its Quest to make Ghost more than just synonymous with disk cloning, Symantec next week will release a version of Ghost that aims backup and recovery squarely at the home and small-business user. Based on a stripped-down version of the corporate version of the application, Ghost 2003 includes a simplified Windows interface as well as tutorials on backup on installation. The opening screen offers three basic choices: backup, restore and view the log file.
I used Ghost 2003 to back up one test client to another machine on eWeek Labs test network. The process went smoothly, and I could just as easily have backed up to a CD or DVD. This makes it a good choice for small shops that want a quick snapshot of a critical disk drive, and at $70 for a single-user license or $560 for a 10-user license, its a small price for piece of mind.