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Sat, Feb 23, 2008 11:34 pm

Ghost Console Waiting for Console Services

On a system with Symantec Ghost 7.5, I tried starting the Ghost Console, but it hung with the following message:

Wait...

Waiting for console services to start


Cancel
 

When I checked the Ghost services (click on Start, select Run, type services.msc and hit Enter), I found the Symantec Ghost COnfiguration Server was started, but not the Symantec Ghost Database Service, which had a manual startup type. I double-clicked on Symantec Ghost Database Service and clicked on the Start button to start it. I received the error message below:

Services
Warning symbol Could not start the Symantec Ghost Database Service service on Local Computer.

Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.

OK
 

The "path to executable" value was C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost\bin\dbserv.exe. When I checked, I found there was no C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost directory. I believe it wasn't recovered when a disk drive problem occurred previously. To correct the problem, I reinstalled Symantec Ghost. I chose the Repair option during the installation. At the end of the repair operation, I saw the error message below:

Symantec Ghost Configuration Server
Warning symbol 08001 [Sybase][ODBC Driver][Adaptive Server Anywhere]Unable to connect to
database server: Database server not running

Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.

OK
 

So I tried the Remove option to "Remove Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition from your computer". After deinstalling the software, I reinstalled it. The Symantec Ghost Console then started without a problem. And when I checked the running services, I saw that both Symantec Ghost Configuration Server and Symantec Ghost Database Service were started.

I didn't see the client systems in the default machine group, so thought I had to add the client systems back into the console. When I tried to reinstall the client software on a system, the installation failed. When I checked the RemoteInstall.log, I saw the reason listed as "Remotely Installed Client is installed on this machine."

To resolve the problem I restored the privkey.crt, pubkey.crt, and C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost directory from a Ghost backup I had from some time ago.

To backup those files and that directory or restore over them, you should close the Ghost Console, if you have it open, and stop the running Ghost services. You can stop the Ghost services by clicking on Start, then selecting Run and typing the following command and hitting Enter. You need to include the double quotes where shown below.

"c:\program files\symantec\ghost\ngserver.exe" -stop

If you check the running services, you should then see both Symantec Ghost Configuration Server and Symantec Ghost Database Service are stopped.

I then restored the privkey.crt, pubkey.crt, and C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost directory from the backup. Afterwards, I ran the command "c:\program files\symantec\ghost\ngserver.exe" -start to restart the Symantec Ghost services. I then saw the systems in the default machine group I had been using previously for the Ghost backups.

References:

  1. How to move the Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 1.x Console to a different computer or retain Console settings during a reinstall
    Document ID: 2001050812540225
    Last Modified: 11/08/2007
    Date Created: 05/08/2001
    Operating System(s): DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows ME
    Product(s): Symantec Ghost 7.0, Symantec Ghost 7.5, Symantec Ghost 8.0, Symantec Ghost 8.2, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 1.0, Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 1.1
    Release(s): Ghost 7.0 [All Releases], Ghost 7.5 [All Releases], Ghost 8.0 [All Releases], Symantec Ghost 8.2 [All Releases], Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 1.0 [All Releases], Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 1.1
    Symantec Corporation

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Sat, Feb 23, 2008 2:21 pm

Bopup Scanner

Bopup Scanner is a freeware network scanner that displays active computers with user names logged into the computers (NetBIOS), MAC and IP addresses. Bopup Scanner also recognizes and shows HTTP (Web) servers running on remote computers (TCP ports 80, 8080), if you select the option to have it scan for webservers, quickly detects online computers, and allows you to browse shared resources of a remote computer. You can save the results of a scan to a text file.

Bopup Scanner will perform a NetBIOS scan of a network, which will show Windows systems on the network. The program first tries to ping an address it is scanning. So, if you were watching its scan with a sniffer, you would see an ARP request for the IP address. If there is a reply to the ARP request, an ICMP echo request is sent to the IP address. If an echo reply is received, Bopup Scanner will then check for a response from the scanned IP address on UDP port 137. Port 137 is associated with the NetBIOS Name Service commonly used on systems running the Microsoft Windows operating system. The NetBIOS Name Service is typically how Windows computers find out information concerning the networking features offered by a computer, such as system name, file shares, etc.

Because it is only scanning for responses to NetBIOS Name Service requests, Bopup Scanner will show a red circle for IP addresses where it received no response to a NetBIOS Name Service query, even though there may be a system at that address. E.g. there may be a Linux system, networked copier, router, etc. at the address.

Regarding installation of the software, there is no installation procedure for the program. You simply run scanner.exe. When you first run it, it will create the following registry entries:

Keys added: 5
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	HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\B Labs
	HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\B Labs\Bopup Scanner
	HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Bopup Scanner
	HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Bopup Scanner\Scanner
	HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Bopup Scanner\Scanner\Settings

After starting the program, click on the Refresh button with the green arrows next to it on the toolbar menu to begin a scan of the subnet the system is on.

Bobup Scanner 2.0.6 scan

If you wish to check on whether a webserver is running on any of the scanned IP addresses, click on Options and check "Scan for HTTP servers (80, 8080 ports)".

You can save the results to a text file by clicking on Actions and selecting Save list.

The developer, B-Labs Software, also offers other software that can be used for secure instant messaging.

Download Bopup Scanner

Developer Website
MoonPoint Support (may not be the most current version)

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