The quickest and easiest way to deploy Sphirewall is by using our custom Debian GNU/Linux distribution.
First you will need to download the latest ISO release of Sphirewall and then burn it to a disc.
- A dedicated machine on which to install Sphirewall
- A network card in that machine
- A working network connection (the installation collects the latest packages from the internet) - ensure that the upstream Debian distribution includes support for at least 1 of your network interfaces for installation. You may need to download a additional package for use when installing Sphirewall.
- Ensure your hardware matches the hardware requirements defined here: http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch03s04.html.en
This section assumes you have downloaded the ISO and burnt it to a disc using your favourite CD/DVD burning application (or other method).
Booting the installation
Make sure your computer is set to boot from CD-ROM/DVD or the medium you are using to burn Sphirewall. This guide assumes you use a CD/DVD.
Insert the CD/DVD-ROM in the drive and wait for the following screen:
1. Initial bootloader. For the installation, we use Graphical Install. This is recommended, especially for new users
2. You will be greeted with a familiar (or perhaps not so familiar) Debian installer.
3. When asked to, make sure you choose a root password and remember it. This is important as it is the administrator account used to access your system if manual login (not through Sphirewall) is required.
4. Caution: Proceed carefully at this point. You must select 'yes' to continue. Doing this overwrites all data on your hard drive and replaces it with the Sphirewall installation.
5. Make sure you select a mirror that is near to you (or you have a fast connection to). This will ensure your install completes in the least possible amount of time.
6. Sphirewall will now install. Note 'Running simple-cdd' will take several minutes, this is normal. Do not disconnect the network cable at any point during the installation, or it will fail.
7. Your machine will automatically reboot. There will be three failures listed on screen relating to DHCP, this is normal, as Sphirewall handles the configuration of such.
8. Open your favourite web browser and navigate to http://machine-ip:5000/ to access the Sphirewall management console (where machine-ip is the IP address of the machine that you installed Sphirewall on.
If you do not know this IP, you may need to login as root and run the 'ifconfig' command.
You're done! Enjoy using Sphirewall. Please contact us here if you have any questions or issues, and check out the other documentation for further details on how to proceed.