A Face-Lift for GSS Automation Wallpapers…

I do not need a solution (just sharing information)

So I will start this post out by saying that I am a huge fan of Altiris Deployment Solution and Ghost Solution Suite.  I have been using ADS/GSS for a little over 5 years and while it hasn’t always been the smoothest solution, I will say that it has been a solid product.  One disappointment has been the lack of updates to the interface.  I realize that Symantec has promised to update the interface as GSS continues to evolve, but I thought I might give them a head start on at least one portion of that.

For starters the wallpaper Symantec has been using in the ADS/GSS/SMP automation environment is literally like 10 years old, maybe more.  It is of square/letterbox aspect ratio – 4:3, and it is also super low resolution – 640×480.  When it loads up on a system that is reimaging the wallpaper is stretched horribly and just looks like something from the 90’s.  Since most monitors today are widescreen and very high resolution it makes the wallpaper look even worse on most modern equipment.

My attempt to modernize this eyesore was to create a high definition widescreen wallpaper that was simple yet elegant.  But I also wanted to try and give Ghost Solution Suite a sort of official branding, something I feel they are lacking at this point.  

When you look at other Symantec products, Symantec has done a really good job of creating official modern logos and branding for most of their other products which looks consistent and polished when you market the product line-up.   With GSS however, the product was kind of the death of one product and the rebranding of another product so when you look for logos and official branding, it’s all over the place.

I tried my best to make this look like something Symantec themselves came up with.  I absolutely in no way intend any copyright infringement, nor do I seek any compensation for my work.  I just wanted the automation environment to look more modern out of box.  If you like wallpapers, I encourage you download them and replace the old dated ones. 
 

If you don’t already know, the wallpapers get placed in the following location(s):

     \%SERVER%eXpressBootwizplatforms%WINPE%%CPU%OptionalBoot

Here are some technical details about the wallpapers:

  • Resolution is 1920×1080 (Widescreen)
  • Includes both locked and unlocked versions
  • Includes both .jpg and .bmp file types
  • Created using official symantec logos/artwork (google.com)

Ok, I will stop rambling now and show you what I’ve made…

Just for reference…here are the originals:
 

Original – Locked

Original – Unlocked

And here are my custom wallpapers running in a vm so you can see what they look like at non-native resolution…

Custom Gold – Locked

Custom – Gold – Unlocked

These blue colored logo wallpapers was just me messing around… but I do like them better than the gold. 😛

Custom Blue – Locked:

Custom Blue – Unlocked:

Finally… if you want them, you can download them from here:

GSS Gold Wallpapers

GSS Blue Wallpapers

GSS Gold Wallpapers – One Drive Mirror

GSS Blue Wallpapers – One Drive Mirror

Thanks guys, any feedback would be greatly appreciated 🙂

– Joel Iglesias

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