2.2.7. Backup Web Page

This page allows you to backup your system's settings, either to a floppy disk (if you have one installed), or to a file. The files can be saved to the harddrive, or to a USB stick, and exported and restored via this page.

Figure 2.12. Backup screen

Backup screen Backup to Floppy

The top section of the panel of the Backup Web Page will let you back up your IPCop configuration to a floppy disk. The only current way to restore your configuration from a floppy is to re-install IPCop from CD-ROM or HTTP/FTP. Early in the installation process, you will be asked if you have a floppy with an IPCop system configuration on it. Your configuration will be restored and installation will terminate.

Place a floppy disk in the floppy disk drive and click the Backup to floppy button. Your configuration will be written to the floppy and verified.

All error messages and any information generated during a backup will appear at the foot of the panel. Backup to Files

The rest of the panel allows you to create multiple Backup Sets, and to select different media onto which you can save the files. The default is IPCop's hard drive, but removable usb-stick devices are supported.

For security, backups created on the Backup Web Page are encrypted using your 'backup' password. To be safe, enter your backup password and export the backup key, using the button provided, in addition to exporting your backups. You will need the backup key if you want to install from a usb-stick, or if you need to restore settings after a hard disk failure.

To import a backup during IPCop installation, you will be prompted for your backup key. Backup Encryption Key

To use the Web Backup Key Export feature, do the following:

  1. Set a 'backup' password.

  2. On the Backup Web page type this password in the appropriate field. The key is exported encrypted and you have to choose where to write the file when you click the Export backup key button.

  3. Create a backup and export the .dat (you don't need to fill in the 'backup' password field this time).

    You now have everything you need to be able to install a system configuration from a usb key, or http/ftp server.

  4. Write the .dat file, without the timestamp in the name, and the encrypted key file on the media you want to use to restore from (usb key or http/ftp server), and the restore will work if you type the right 'backup' password and the hostname matches the encrypted key and the .dat file's name.


When using usb key, you can use .dat file(s) with timestamp. IPCop will first look for a .dat file without the timestamp, if not found, the .dat file with the newest timestamp will be used for restoring.