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How to create an Airlock WAF Installation USB Stick

Affects product: 
Airlock WAF
Affects version(s): 
5.0 and later

Airlock WAF supports USB sticks (memory sticks) as an installation medium instead of using a DVD.

The following sections describe how to write the ISO image to a USB stick in Windows and Linux environments.

Windows Requirements

  • Airlock WAF ISO image
  • USB stick with a size of 1 GB or more
  • Administration rights on the local machine
  • USB-Writer (SourceForge)

Write image to the stick

  1. Plug in the USB stick
  2. Start USBWriter as Administrator using the context menu on the exe file.
  3. Select the Airlock WAF ISO.
  4. Select the target USB stick.
  5. Click on the "Write" button and confirm the overwrite alert.
  6. Eject the USB stick using the Windows system tray icon.

Linux Requirements

  • Airlock WAF ISO image
  • USB stick with a size of 1 GB or more
  • Access as user "root"

Write image to the stick

  1. Plug in the USB stick
  2. If the stick was automatically mounted, unmount the stick.
  3. Search the device name that the system has assigned to the stick:
    # fdisk -l
    OR if hwinfo installed:
    # grep -Ff <(hwinfo --disk -short) <(hwinfo --usb --short)
    OR watch the system log when you plug in the stick:
    # tail -f /var/log/messages
    WARNING
    It is very important to use the correct device name. If you write the ISO to the wrong device (e.g. a hard disk), then all data on this device will be lost!
  4. Write the ISO image to the USB stick (replace [usb-device] with the correct device name):
    # dd if=/path/to/the/iso of=[usb-device] bs=1M
  5. To be sure everything is written completely, initiate a file system sync manually before you remove the stick:
    # sync
  6. Remove the stick and install Airlock with your new Airlock install stick.

Server BIOS settings

  • If you get an error message while booting from the USB stick before the GRUB boot menu appears, disable auto detection of USB media in the server BIOS. Select the media as "harddisk" instead.
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