Symantec

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite


4.5 / 5
19 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

IT Professionals: Midsize and Enterprise Organizations


Average Ratings

19 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 3.5 / 5
    Customer Service

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About Symantec Ghost Solution Suite

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite is an award-winning software solution for imaging and deploying desktops, laptops, tablets and servers. Ghost Solution Suite 3.1 includes the Deployment Solution 6.9 console and its core capabilities for operating system deployment, migration and cross-platform management. Combined with key functionalities from Ghost Solution Suite 2.5, like Ghost Cast Server and DeployAnywhere, Ghost Solution Suite accelerates and simplifies imaging and deployment.


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Symantec Ghost Solution Suite Reviews Recently Reviewed!


One person can setup 100 PCs at the same time in 10 minutes using Symantec Ghost!

Nov 03, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Speed, support for wide variety of hardware, wizards make even complex tasks easy to master.

Cons: Requires a good understanding of TCP/IP and networking fundamentals to use effectively.

Overall: In the past I worked in a university where classroom PCs needed to be refreshed after every course, that means wiping the drives clean, reinstalling the operating system, drivers, updates, applications, and configuring everything to be the same as the other PCs in the classroom. As you can imagine that process takes several hours to do just 1 PC but with Symantec Ghost I can create a baseline image in a few minutes and push that image to the PCs I want simultaneously and the whole process just takes about 10 minutes (your mileage may vary depending on your network speed, number of PCs, size of image, etc.).

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite provides several tools to manage the above tasks such as the Ghost Server, Ghost client boot media, Ghost Explorer to view and edit image files without having to rebuild them. Once you understand the concept of multicasting, the software is pretty straightforward to use: Create an image of your baseline PC, Create bootable CDs, discs, or USB sticks for your client PCs you want to image, start a Ghost multicast session on the Ghost server and give it the image file you want to push, boot the client PCs to the session you created and sit back and watch 10 or 100s of PCs get all their needed software in a few minutes.

Recommendations to other buyers: For organizations that need to install operating systems on large numbers of PCs or organizations that require refreshing their computers' operating systems often such as training centers and labs, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite is a must have product that significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to manage that process.

Symantec Ghost Review

Aug 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Very easy to use from an end user perspective

Simple interface that allows for a lot of functionality

Cons: Our deployment and management team seemed to have trouble with upgrades. However I cannot speak on behalf of them as I was not involved on that project.

Updates took a while

Overall: As an end user, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite was easy to use and simple. Although I wasn't involved in deployment, I had used the application almost every day to image new or old machines. From my perspective, it was easy and simple. That made it effective for new hires to quickly catch on as well.

Windows migration

Jul 27, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Symantec Ghost Solution Suite is quite good for imaging and distributing Windows. The system works very well in large environments.

Cons: Driver installation is relatively poorly automated. The system is relatively difficult to handle at the beginning.

Although it installed, there were some serious files missing and errors occured

May 29, 2018
2/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software functioned 99% correct, but that 1% was pretty critical. It was easy o use once it was installed, we followed the directions that we found on line and was able to set it up and fuctioned well.

Cons: There was absolutely no real support. We tried to call but waiting on hold for endless time and was disconnected three times. Very frustrating when there are errors and we can't figure them out and there is no support to be had. We did get through, but the support techs transferred us around a bunch and never really helped us.

Overall: We did not really benefit, we could not use it because of some critical errors and omissions in the software that could not be remedied. Very frustrating to work with Symantec

A backup solution suite

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Symantec Ghost allows you to create system images through guided wizards, that greatly speeds up the backup process, and the deploying process as well

Cons: I remember using a version (not the last one though as I recently switched to another solution) and it caused some compatibility problems on my machines, and it also appeared quite a heavy software to me

Capterra-loader

For prepare many PCs in little time with low personal this software is a winner

May 28, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use Ghost since winXP, in my lab have 5 PCs identical and each time that begin to malfunction only backup data and put the image store. Very easy to manage and use, many and variate options.

Cons: I don't have problems with my few PCs, no compatibility inconsistencies , for now. A little problems will arise if you no have knowledge about configuration of your LAN.

Great for imaging laptops/desktops with images built

Jun 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Simple to use to flash images created to machines with ease of use, load drivers on the go with each image.

Cons: Confusing at times with outdated interface, support is tough at times depending on the issue and if they re willing to troubleshoot outside of the product

Great for disk duplication!

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I use this mostly to duplicate hard drives that are failing. It's important that we get a good copy so that we don't lose our client's data and Ghost let's us do just that!

Cons: There is really nothing negative I can say. Another great product from Symantec!

Client Management

Jun 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: End-to-end client migration operating system settings, application data/settings, user data/settings.

Cons: Automated replication of tasks, images, configurations, packages, policies, and software compliance.

"Ghosting" HDD for PCs

May 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: I like the graphical interface of the product including it's bootable one, also the drive image capabilities are pretty successful from my perspective and is doing the job.

Cons: The product offer tiring advanced option menu which contains too much information for the average user dispite some of these features might be relevant, also, the copying process is not 100% and might miss some files, maybe due to the technology it leans on.

Long time user

Sep 05, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Very easy to use. Flexible options. Have used for many years. Enterprise and consume editions. Very pleased.

Cons: Compatibility can be an issues sometimes, but you have this with any software. Back can be slow based in the size of drive and data that needs copied.

Symantec Ghost

Apr 21, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We used Symantec Ghost on our computers we had at college both in the labs and throughout the public locations on campus. Using Ghost greatly simplified the setup and maintenance of public use computers. The suite made it fairly easy to update the various images for the different computers we maintained as well and allowed us to deploy images en' mass over the network. The initial setup of the system and server was a bit complicated, but once that portion was complete, using the suite was straightforward. For lab management, or public computers that need to be maintained regardless of who uses them, I would recommend looking into Symantec Ghost Suite.

Great software deployment for new PCs and Harddrives

Jul 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Deploys a software image to new drive in a few steps. The wizards provided in software allow people with limited IT experience to deploy software to new PCs.

Cons: You do need a little understanding of network connections to be able to connect to Ghost Images from workstation. Support is not very responsive.

Symantec Ghost is a great way to create standard image files.

Mar 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: I found Symantec Ghost very simple to use. We utilized it to create a clone of a standard desktop or laptop image. We then utilized these images for all of our PCs.

Cons: I don't recall having any issues with the Symantec Ghost software. We utilized the basic cloning/iso feature.

Capterra-loader

Great Ghost Solution

Mar 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: We use Symantec's Ghost suite for all of our new machine deployments. We have a system set up that when we plug in a new machine, we navigate to map-able drive and within one click it's blasting on our ghosted image. Very convenient and quick.

Cons: Not as user friendly as it can be, but it's pretty understandable given the boot environment we typically use it in.

Capterra-loader

One of the best imaging software

Sep 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: This was the first imaging tool i learned to use. I love it

Cons: Its a little complicated at first but after using it for awhile, its a great program

Very effective and thorough solution. Definitely worth the investment.

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Great options whilst using the package. Compression, password protect images to name a few. The time it take to capture images also is relatively fast.

Cons: Little compatibility issues. Works with all recentmost platforms though. Could be a tad bit more user friendly.

Overall: Effective way to manage data protection and certainly part of our Disaster Recover strategy.

Back up your computer

Jul 27, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: Once setup its easy to setup and make a copy of computer. You can restore a computer in 10 mins with this software.

Cons: Need to understand how to setup tcp/ip on your lan. Not the best support when you have issues its hard to get a hold of someone. Can miss files when backing up.

Overall: Did make a backup of my computer

About 2 months I had started to use this software, and it's good addition.

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: You can easy imaging and deploying desktops, laptops, tablets, and servers, and that can be happen from a single management console also you can migrate to the latest operating systems, deploy software.