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>> De: "Kanwar Ranbir Sandhu"<m3freak@...>
>> À: ipcop-user@...
>> Envoyé: Mardi 24 Avril 2012 16:11:32
>> Objet: Re: [IPCop-user] 2.0.3 flash install doesn't boot
>> On Tue, 2012-04-24 at 14:39 +0100, Caparo wrote:
>>> that is quite a big ask for the average Joe NOT using this in a
>>> commercial environment,but to protect his family network with something small, green,
>>> fast and reliable. Especially if the family stuff is windoze based
>> I'm having a hard time believing this, too. Luckily for me, I can
>> accommodate this at home (I have the knowledge and skills).
>> Maybe there's been a misunderstanding. If there hasn't, the
>> documentation should be updated to clearly state all flash installs
>> MUST be done over PXE.
> There is no reason flash install MUST be done over PXE.
> The reason PXE work is that the easiest way for us developer to test the install so it is the most tested way to install.
> Independently of the method to install (cd/pxe/usb), result should be the same.
> A bug may have slip on usb install.
> Or a bios may play some bad trick (change the letter/add a device before the disk) when an usb key is detected.
I was going to say that some of us used flash installs a plenty and
never used PXE. To clarify some of the myths propagated here in this
thread, you can do a flash install on any install whether using flash or
spinning drives, cd keyboard and mouse to install etc using any install
method. Of course you, Gilles know that some of us using strange semi-pc
hardware cannot use pxe nor any conventional method to get IPCop onto it
directly. Yep, the biosless headless x86 Cobalts.
Fortunately, IPCop when installing, writes the partition name in the
fstab, not drive letter. This makes it rather trivial to use VMWare or
Virtual Box to install directly to a flash or other drive connected by
usb to the flash drive and have it boot since it goes by label, not
drive letter node (sda,sdb etc). Once in the actual machine, rerun setup
for the network and go. Usb backups can be easily used on future
VMWare/Virtual Box installs. A fresh install with a usb backup key takes
about 20 seconds. Want flash raid? No problem! Use two usb slaved drives
with VMWare/Virtual box and choose raid, this choice is made before the
choice of flash during install.
For those that do not know, raid in IPCop is raid 1 mirrored.