Installation of ROCK can be broken down into three main steps:
Before that, let's cover what you're going to need before starting.
The analysis of live network data is a resource intensive task, so the higher the IOPS the better. Here's the bottom line:
If you throw hardware at ROCK it will use it, and use it well.
|CPU||4+ physical cores|
|Memory||8GB RAM minimum, the more the better :)|
|Storage||256GB, with 200+ of that dedicated to
|Network||2 gigabit interfaces, one for management and one for collection|
- ROCK install image - download
- 8GB+ capacity USB drive - to apply install image
- BIOS settings to allow booting from mounted USB drive
ROCK is first and foremost a passive network sensor and is designed with
the assumption that there may not be a network connection available during
install. There's some built-in flexibility with deploying ROCK, and this will
be clarified more in then next sections.
NOTE: Check out the ROCK@home Video Series that goes into detail on many things about deploying ROCK to include hardware choices for both sensor and network equipment.