there was a good write up online as to how to create the boot cd and kick off the program automagically... but since symantec bought power quest i cant seem to find any helpful support info. So i will try from memory.
Using the Create boot floppies wizard do what you normally do. Install the dos drivers and such. Create the two disks.
the first one is the boot disk that kicks off the Networkboot and all that jazz...
the second floppy contains the program files to run power quest..
After the two floppies are created.
Create a folder in the shared folder on the network that you told power quest where the image will go. \\computer\networkshare
call the folder PQDI. or what ever you want that is less then 8 letters. (remeber you are using DOS)
copy the entire contents of the second floppy into that folder.
Insert Disk #1
right click on Autoexec,bat and choose edit.
scroll down, you will see "please enter disk #2"
before that line type in \\computer\networkshare\PQDI\PQDI.EXE
@Rem out the rest of the statments.
Save the autoexec.bat file.
TEST the floppy to make sure it will boot the computer and kick off the program.
after you have it working....
Open your CD burning program. Most CD buring porgrams have an option to create a bootable CD. Usually it is under file/create cd/create bootable cd... do a search in help for your cd burning program for 'bootbale cd'....
It will read the floppy convert it and burn a bootable cd for you. Nice...
Now go to the computer you want to image put in cd, reboot and it will go all the way to the create image screen... a few clicks and it will create the image....
the issue is you are cutting it pretty close to the amount of space you have on the cd compared to your image.
if you can fit it all, you can create the bootable cd to run the program and restore an image on the cd.
do all the above steps, edit the autoexec.bat file acordingly, and burn the image, and the boot files to a cd.
I have never done that though, all of my images are about 2 gigs or more so i have no need to do that.
Automation if fine, but i have never had a need to do it all automatically, Since I am creating an image, i want to make sure all of the setting are correct and it kicks of properly. Nothing worse then THINKING you have a good image, and finding out it is no good when you REALLY need it.... considering it only takes less then am inute to click the buttons and confim it is correct and starting..it is worth it to be infront of the computer.
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