I'm looking for a free alternative to Ghost, with as many of the following features as possible:
- Easy to use GUI
- Save to USB DVD writer, usb hard drive, or network share
- Creates bootable disks
- Can create an image for just the operating system that excludes data and certain programs. I want to fit my images on one DVD, so I'm prepared to need to restore the image, install a few programs, and then restore my data backups before everything is back to normal in case of a disk failure.
- Supports server-class operating systems. I run Windows Server 2008 on one machine at home.
- Can run it to a running OS and use it to image that OS on a schedule.
I know linux has had basic imaging functionality for years in the
dd utility, and so I'm surprised how difficult it is to find a free option that actually works and is easy to use. You'd think someone would slap a front end around it and put it on a purpose-built knoppix cd. I know that doesn't do everything I'm looking for, but even this seems hard to come by.