2.6. Decide Upon and Prepare the Installation Media

Obtain installation files from www.ipcop.org. The size of image files is about 60 megabytes. You should check the MD5 checksum of the file you downloaded against the one on the IPCop web site before going any further.

There are many possible ways to install IPCop. The following table summarizes the requirements for each.

Table 2.1. Media required for different installation methods

Method CD Drive USB key Netcard w/PXE DHCP/TFTP Server FTP/Web Server Boot Floppy Driver Floppy
Bootable CD Y N N N N N N
Bootable USB key N Y N N N N N
netboot with CD Y N Y Y N N N
netboot with USB key N Y Y Y N N N
netboot with FTP/Web Server N N Y Y Y N N
Bootable Floppy with CD Y N N N N Y N
Bootable Floppy with USB key N Y N N N Y N
Bootable Floppy with FTP/Web Server N N N N Y Y Y

Architecture Limitations

The methods requiring USB key are only available for i486 architecture.

The methods requiring Floppy are only available for i486 and ppc architecture.

Most IPCop installation are done with CD or USB key, because it is much easier compared to the other methods.

If the IPCop PC has a CD drive and its BIOS can boot from CD, you should use the Bootable CD media for the installation. The CD drive can be removed after the installation.

If the IPCop PC has USB and its BIOS can boot from USB key, the Bootable USB key media can be used.

If the IPCop PC can use netboot (PXE), the netboot media can be used. Choose netboot with CD if the IPCop PC has a CD, netboot with USB key if the IPCop PC has USB or netboot with FTP/Web Server.

If the IPCop PC cannot boot from CD, but has both a floppy drive and a CD drive, the Bootable Floppy With CD can be used. Both the floppy drive and CD drive can be removed after the install. However, if you plan on using IPCop's backup and restore facilities, you may want to keep the floppy drive in the IPCop PC.

If the IPCop PC cannot boot from CD, but has both a floppy drive and USB, the Bootable Floppy With USB key can be used. The floppy drive can be removed after the install. However, if you plan on using IPCop's backup and restore facilities, you may want to keep the floppy drive in the IPCop PC.

Finally, if the IPCop PC has only a floppy drive or you do not own a CD burner, the Bootable Floppy with FTP/Web Server must be used. Again, the floppy drive can be removed after the install. Again, if you plan on using IPCop's backup and restore facilities, you may want to keep the floppy drive in the IPCop PC.