We had an aging fleet of T21 Thinkpads, so I started buying some X40, X41, T40, T41, and a bunch of the T60s. When we went to image the machine with Ghost, that worked OK. Then if you put that image back over the same machine that also worked; but if you tried copying the image to other machines, then at the boot you just got a blinking cursor at the top left and a black screen. No beep codes, no error messages, no Windows anything.
This at first was a real disappointment to me. At the same time, we had decided to look at Acronis also as an image deployment solution. Acronis seemed to work perfectly with the Thinkpads. There was one catch, if I wanted the same functionality as Ghost Enterprise Suite, I was going to have to fork over $5k instead of the $1.5k upgrade to Ghost (my cost here is based on how many licenses I had to buy). And the Ghost product did both Unicast and Multicast, where as with Acronis you had the multicast version, which indeed was cheaper than their Workstation product, but still more than the cost to upgrade Ghost.
Here is another piece of advice: "Don't listen to sales people too closely, look real hard before you buy". The sales guy we talked to at Acronis seemed to make it a point, how Acronis worked with the Thinkpads, and how Ghost would not. Now being a sales person, he could of known more about why I was having a problem with Ghost, or maybe it was an opportune line for him to get us to buy his product. In either case, I did not bite. I decided to go with Ghost and give it another try. Even if it did not work, the rati of PCs to Laptops made buying Ghost still a good value.
Here is the real answer though: After looking a little harder, and having a bit more time, I found the answer of how to Ghost these IBM laptops:
1. Build the first laptop. Do what ever you need to do. Install Software, updates, drivers, etc.
2. Sysprep your laptop with Microsoft's Sysprep (You have a little set up work for Sysprep itself).
3. Now, Sysprep shutdown the laptop, so boot it up, but make sure you get into CMOS (Thinkpads used the F1 key).
4. In CMOS, make sure you can boot to the CD ROM or whatever you are using to boot the laptop to use Ghost . I use Bart's PE with my licensed copy of Ghost32.exe.
5. Also, in CMOS, go into the Security section, then in the IBM Predesktop Area, and set the Access to IBM Predesktop to Disabled. This is the source machine.
6. Save changes, boot to your Imaging process.
7. Before you run Ghost, whether you are running from a batch or through the GUI interface, set the Option Switches to -IB.
8. Create Image and then you can boot and set the Predesktop back to Normal on that machine.
9. On the target machine do the same in CMOS disabling the Access to Predesktop area.
10. Apply your image.
11. Set the Presdesktop area back to normal on target machine.
12. Run the mini install that Sysprep creates and you should be in business.
If you are already using Acronis, I don't think you will have any problems. If you are using Ghost this seems to solve the problem.