imageIT v 1.01 released, a shareware utility and an alternative to Symantec GHOST, PowerQuest Drive

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imageIT



imageIT is disk / partition backup utility that is an alternative to
Symantec GHOST, PowerQuest Drive Image and to Altiris RapiDeploy disk
imaging / cloning tools



imageIT is command line driven and may be used for OS provisioning purposes.
imageIT supports file injection into the image file (in registered version
only), for image maintenance purposes and file injection in restored FAT32
based file system. You can simply XCOPY files / folders to restored FAT32
file system!



Desktop / Server deployment teams may use it for a quick (image based)
deployment of Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows 2003 based OS. OEM System
Builders may use it on recovery CDs / DVD to restore the system to factory
state.



Versions:





1. Shareware version 0.99 is limited to 30 days of use. See related
links for download information.

2. Registered version 1.01 [Improved performance and file injection
feature included]





Requirements




To run imageIT, you need a bootable floppy containing one of the following
operating systems:



1. MS DOS

2. PC DOS

3. FreeDOS

4. Windows 9x (command prompt only)

5. Other MS DOS compatible operating system





Disclaimer



Using this program comes without any warranty. The author and distributors
will not accept responsibility for any damage incurred directly or
indirectly through use of this program. In other words: use at your own
risk!





Copyright



All copyrights are exclusively owned by Synergix Inc.



You are NOT allowed to sell, modify and reverse engineer either version of
the program without Synergix Inc's written agreement! You are NOT allowed to
distribute the registered version of the program without Synergix Inc's
written agreement!



You can distribute the shareware version freely as long as no money is asked
for it and all files in the package are intact. Permission is granted to
distribute the shareware package on shareware collection CD-ROMs or DVDs.



The shareware version can be used on one computer for a 30 days evaluation
period.



Registering this product is necessary after the evaluation period is over.






Getting started





Partition level backup and restore





For partition level backup and restore, you simply need to know the
following two commands:



1a) imageIT /backup /part:0:1 /image:filename.img /clevel:6 /split:600

- for partition level backup; source partition MUST be FAT32



2a) imageIT /restore /part:0:1 /image:filename.img /clevel:6 /split:600

- for partition level restore





The second parameter above i.e. /part has two numbers, the first # signifies
the hard drive number (starts w/ a '0') and the second # signifies the
partition number (starts w/ a '1'). 1,2,3,4 are for primary partitions.



Note: First logical drive starts at 5. So, to backup the first logical
drive (let's say, drive D), the /part option will become /part:0:5



Clevel option is for compression level and compression levels from 0 (store
only) to 9 (max) are supported (default is 6)



Split option is to split the image file into small image file. Set split to
no more than 600 if you desire to store the images on a CDROM.



Options such as clevel, split can be specified in imageIT.INI file







Disk level backup and restore





Optionally, you can run hard disk level backup and restore. The commands
are:



1b) imageIT /backup /hd:0 /image:abc.img

- for hard disk backup; FAT32 source partition is recommended;
NTFS, Linux is also supported



2b) imageIT /restore /hd:0 /image:abc.img

- for hard disk restore





The second parameter above i.e. /hd has one number and signifies the hard
drive number (starts w/ a '0')



Note: Should you desire to create a disk or partition level backup of an
NTFS system, it is recommended that you carve the partition down to the bare
minimum size first to accommodate the installation of OS, application set
and necessary add-ons. You should include the ExtendOEMPartition=1 in
SYSPREP.INF in order to expand the target partition to full size of the hard
drive.







Typical OS Provisioning scenario



We strongly recommend the following steps for an optimal OS provisioning
process; 1, 2, 3, 4 being the most critical steps:



1) Install OS on FAT32 partition



OS installation tip:

It is strongly recommended that you create two partitions, primary partition
for OS (drive C) and extended containing one logical partition for DATA (let
's say, drive D).



Redirecting the \Documents and Settings folder and other data containing
folders to the DATA drive will help in user data recovery when the OS
crashes and the system drive (drive C) is restored from an imageIT image
file, for a quick system recovery.



For setting up the source system with redirected \Documents and Setting,
please refer to the profilesdir entry in the unattend.txt file. For more
information, see
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000pro/deploy/unattend/sp1ch01.mspx



2) Source partition for imageIT purposes MUST remain FAT32. Do NOT
convert to NTFS, yet !



3) QA the machine for OS and application integrity



To optimize the image, disable System Restore on Windows XP / Windows 2003
and then, re-enable (if desired). This will clean up the system restore
folder and reduce the size of the image file.





4) If NTFS is desired on target system(s), run CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS on
Windows 2000 / Windows XP. DO NOT REBOOT !



5) Run SYSPREP to seal the computer and shutdown the system



6) Reboot using MS DOS / Win 98 + MS Client for network connectivity
(we recommend our other complementary product, UNIT to ease this task).
Optionally, you can use second partition or second HD in the same system to
create the image



Note: Backup and restore over the network is significantly faster than
local backup and restore.



7) Create an image of the partition(s) using imageIT (command (1a)
above)





Note: Pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys files are hard coded in imageIT binary
to be excluded from the image file created from a FAT32 source partition.
This does NOT apply to NTFS source partition.



8) Deploy the image on target systems (command (2a) above) on an
existing partition. Partition size should be equal to or larger than the
source system.



9) Reboot



10) Target system will convert to NTFS (if queued in task 4 above),
re-create pagefile.sys file and hiberfil.sys (if enabled in source
partition) and then, run SYSPREP (queued in task 5 above) to complete the OS
install.



11) QA the machine and release for production use







Other imageIT features



1) File injection into the image file (in registered version only), for
image maintenance purposes

2) File injection in restored FAT32 based file system. You can simply
XCOPY files / folders to restored FAT32 file system!




Related
linkshttp://www.synergix.com/products/imageIT/downloadhttp://www.synergix.co
m/productshttp://www.synergix.com/support

Licensing



Licensing is based upon site licensing model and is nominally priced at USD
5,000 per physical site. Site license allows you to use the product
unlimited number of times on unlimited number of machines (unlike other
products that may be limited to one time use per system). Based upon your
requirements, we will price out a corporate license that will enable you to
use it through out your enterprise, on a global level, without any
limitations on # of times you can use it or # of devices or # of physical
sites within your corporation.



OEM System Builder license (supporting image restore feature only) is also
available.



Software maintenance and support (web support and email only) is priced at
USD 1,000 annually, per site license.





Support



Web based at: http://www.synergix.com/support

Email: (e-mail address removed)





Trademarks



Symantec, Symantec GHOST and the Symantec logo are registered trademarks of
Symantec Corporation. Altiris is a registered trademark of Altiris, Inc.
All other brands and products are trademarks of their respective holder/s.
 
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