I would like to suggest the following.
The distro easygate has a verry usefull option, that i think would perfectly fit ipcop. When you boot, you have the option to enter a service menu. There you can preform disk checks, return to previous profiles (so another request about that), and , restore from factory default (with option with preserved settings).
The easygate does this, by adding an extra partition during install, and copying the iso image to that partition. Also you can save profile backups on that partition.
Having such a service menu option during boot would be great for less technical users (example, our ipcops are spreaded across 20 locations, not all techies there).
When a system becomes unusable , and the disk is not smoked, you can recover with this option.
Any thoughts on this request ?