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 From:  =?iso-8859-1?Q?Anders_Nordstr=F6m?= <and at telia dot com>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] USB keys for configuration data storage
 Date:  Fri, 18 Mar 2005 07:52:23 +0100

I have booted computers with m0n0 on a USB stick. If I remember correctly I 
simply installed the generic PC image to the USB stick under Windows XP as 
if it were a hard drive. So that part shouldn't be a problem.

I think the breaking point is whether the computer you're using supports 
booting from the stick. I know my P2s don't while my P4 does but there's 
quite a time gap between those two... Maybe if you post info about the new 
host we can come up with an educated guess.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom McGuire" <tmcguire at midway dot com>
To: <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 8:32 PM
Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] USB keys for configuration data storage

> Brett,
> I agree that it would be very nice to have the config on some other media
> than floppy. I'm not sure if mono will detect usb devices, but I suppose
> since it currently mounts the floppy and looks for the config.xml file in
> the /config directory that it may as well just try to mount whatever it
> finds and which ever device it hit's first just pull the config from it.
> I'm rambling...
> -Tom
> -----Original Message-----
> Hello all,
> After my old laptop firewall blew a gasket (literally- after 6 years, the
> capacitors in the motherboard let the magic smoke out), I had to drag out
> the linksys router (ugh) to get back up, and I've been hunting for
> alternatives.
> After a half hour or so googling, I found some mentions of installing
> m0n0wall on a USB key, but no details on how to do so.  I think that may 
> be
> moot as I doubt the bios on the new host system will boot off USB, but 
> it's
> something I might still like to hear about.
>   The next best thing is a CDROM boot with configuration data on a USB
> flash key.  They're cheap (especially when you don't care too much about
> size; even 1MB would be enough), practically available at the corner
> drugstore, and secure- many have write-lock switches.  They're also
> reliable, unlike floppies and floppy drives.  No CF adapter needed- for 
> the
> host or wherever you do your configuration.  Heck, I don't even have a
> floppy drive in most of my systems! :-)
> However, I found nothing about support for this after checking release
> notes, documentation, and a list archive/FAQ search.  I did find mentions 
> of
> saving configuration data in the install guide, but they indicate
> configuration saving is something the user has little control
> over- it just 'happens', you have no way to tell it -where- to save the
> data.
> So am I being silly, in that it 'just works' if m0n0wall sees a USB mass
> storage device with a FAT partition?  Special tricks needed?  Not 
> supported?
> (if so, I smell feature request ;-)  Another nice alternative would be
> remote config retrieval so you could burn a CD with enough of a config 
> (say,
> the inside interface config) to get up and download the configuration file
> from another host.  I may want to change my port forwards a lot, but I
> haven't changed my router's internal IP in half a decade :-)
> Thanks!
> Brett
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