What is PING

PING is a live Linux ISO, based on the excellent Linux From Scratch (LFS) documentation. It can be burnt on a CD and booted, or integrated into a PXE / TFTP environment. Several tools have been added and written, so to make this ISO the perfect choice to backup and restore whole partitions, an easy way. It sounds like Symantec Ghost(tm), but has even better features, and is totally free.

Features include:
  • Probably the best available Linux toolbox for rescuing a system;
  • Backup and Restore partitions or files locally or to the network (MS Network Shared directory, NFS, FTP or SSHFS);
  • Backup and Restore the BIOS data as well;
  • Either burn a bootable CD / DVD, either integrate within a PXE / RIS environment;
  • Possibility to Blank local admin's password;
  • Create your own restoration bootable DVD (see the Howto Documentation);
  • Partition and Format a disk before installing Windows (so to make sure your unattended Windows installation will happen on the right partition);



The documentation is simple and straight forward. Just start with the Introduction and follow the install steps.

  1. Introduction
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Configuring a PC to serve as a host for your images
  4. Downloading and Burning the PING ISO
  5. Installing your own PXE Server to allow network hosts to boot PING
  6. Using PING
  7. Storing an image on a Bootable ISO
  8. Annex

Get it all in one single document


PING Community Edition

  • Latest PING Release is 4.00 2016-06-27, with kernel 4.3.0.
  • PING Stand-alone ISO (ready to burn): PING-4.00.iso
  • PING Stand-alone ISO with CLAM Anti-Virus (ready to burn): PING-4.00-WithAddons.iso
  • Get and read the Howto (really mandatory) :

PING Business Edition

PING means productivity, and cost-killing!

By purchasing the Business Edition, you get extra benefits:

  • Dedicated support (one solved issue, by mail or by phone)
  • Early updates
  • Regular email information
  • Extra scripts and samples
  • This helps you get the most of PING.
  • Buying the Business Edition is also a great way to support a cool project!

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