Binary Research Ltd, a New Zealand-based company, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its DOS-based Ghost package, which spell out as a Generated Hardware Orientated Software Transfer application. Ghost is for workstation cloning and disaster recovery and provides a means whereby system administrators can create a master image of a workstation, store it either on a network server or removable devices such as a CD-ROM, JAZ or ZIP drive and download it to multiple workstations across a network. Ghost supports File Allocation Tables, Network File System partitions and also clones OS/2, Novell, and Unix partitions. The company says that by duplicating physical images, Ghost ensures that every copy has identical system configuration and drivers. Key new features to the 4.0 release include support for TCP/IP Multicasting, enhanced compression and SCSI tape support for disaster recovery. The latest release also has a new utility called Ghost Walker for creating individual security IDs for cloned Windows Workstations. The makers claim that Ghost cuts the time to install a 300Mb Windows 95 system from about an hour, to five minutes, without the need for operator input. Source and target disks can be on the same computer or different machines and can be connected either by parallel port or via the network says the company. Ghost 4.0 is available now through worlwide resellers Innovative Software Ltd or from Ingram Micro in the UK.
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