rsync to 2000/NT servers?

Corey McGuire coreyfro at
Tue Dec 17 23:48:00 EST 2002

If you are going to copy a 2000 system (meaning, you'll have two from the
same image) you'll need Sysprep as well as ghost (available on MS's site)
which will make sure each has a unique GID.  If you are archiving a system
so that it is fully bootable, or upgrading a drive, ghost is about the only

Booting from DOS may be a large problem if you do not have a means of
storing the data.

Here is a DOS boot floppy I made with various DOS networking drivers.  It
is menu driven and the batch files are documented.

You can "net use driveletter: \\hostname\share" to any "Windows" share.

For Samba users, MS's DOS Network Client has a max send buffer of 2048, and
the value is set in TCPUTILS.INI as maxsendsize=2048.  This is the limit!
Any value greater than 2048 will cause the client to default to 1024.
You'll want to set SO_RCVBUF=2048 in your smb.conf or performance will
suffer.  If you are not regularly uploading from DOS, then don't worry.

As far as not using ghost, I've investigated the use of device copying, but
ease of use is a major selling point for ghost.

Options commonly needed for making a ghost image of NTFS are "-ntil" and
"-ntic" which ignore various check done for NT.

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On 12/18/02 at 9:59 AM Donovan Baarda wrote:

>On Tue, 2002-12-17 at 21:13, John Morgan Salomon wrote:
>> Dr. Poo wrote:
>> > Now, can you think of a way to sync the win 2000 OS? (the WHOLE
>> > system) so that if it were to go down one could restore the full
>> > (bootstraps, bootloader, ect!!?) by means of the rsync'ed "backup".
>> > please? thank you. ;-)
>> Yeah.  Symantec Ghost.
>Seriously, Ghost is probably the only tool that can do this well at the
>moment. If you have used NTFS, there is bugger all that can read it, and
>win2000/NT itself can't even read all of the partition it is running on.
>I read a review of Ghost that complained that backups/restores actually
>boot you into DOS to run. This is because win2000/NT locks certain OS
>files when running. Ghost _has_ to boot into DOS and then use its own
>NTFS read/write code to access the partition.
>In theory you could build a similar utility from Linux, but the Linux
>NTFS read/write code is a bit dodgey. I've even had older versions of
>Ghost complain because it couldn't always read the NTFS partition
>(something to do with NTFS internally... sometimes it does/doesn't use
>some sort of weird compaction or something).
>The best non-Ghost alternative is to just rsync the whole damn
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