Pfsense with vSphere and distributed switches

  • I am trying to use pfSense as a firewall in between distributed switches and physical switches in VMware vSphere. Does anyone have any experience with such, or have a good tutorial they can link? All the tutorials I am finding are for using a pfSense VM as your main firewall & router.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    You want to do what?  You want to firewall traffic from your vswitch to your physical network?  Is pfsense physical or vm?

    But all this traffic is on the same layer 2, so you want pfsense as a transparent/bridge firewall.  Not going to work as a vm, but sure could do on a physical machine between your vswitch uplink nic and the real world switch…

    esxi nic -- pfsense --- switch

    Why do you want to do this?  What exactly are you going to be firewalling?  Why do you need transparent?

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