Running NanoBSD Version on USB- Depreceated?



  • Hi all,

    I am going to install a pfSense diskless box. For pfSense itself I wrote the Nano-BSD Image on the USB-Stick I want to use.

    I guess it will work nice, but I have a question:
    On the wiki I found the statement "NanoBSD is depreceated with 2.4 pfSense".

    Whenever 2.4 will be released, will my NanoBSD version be upgradeable?

    How will 2.4 deal with flash/USB memory?

    Thanks

    /KNEBB



  • 2.4 will be released in less then 2 weeks (if nothing major happens)

    nanobsd upgrade guide:
    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Upgrading_64-bit_NanoBSD_2.3_to_2.4

    tl:dr:
    don't install a nanoBSD, use a full install instead.

    How will 2.4 deal with flash/USB memory?

    you can create ramdrives from GUI

    i honestly don't see the point in running a diskless pfSense.



  • @heper:

    2.4 will be released in less then 2 weeks (if nothing major happens)

    nanobsd upgrade guide:
    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Upgrading_64-bit_NanoBSD_2.3_to_2.4

    tl:dr:
    don't install a nanoBSD, use a full install instead.

    Ok, thanks for letting me know.

    How will 2.4 deal with flash/USB memory?

    you can create ramdrives from GUI

    I will check this out.

    i honestly don't see the point in running a diskless pfSense.

    Well, "diskless" in terms of not having a harddisk. Hardisks can fail (well, USB devices, too) and my hardware has no SATA ports, so if the P-ATA disk fails I do not have a replacement for it. So I prefer to install on a USB stick instead. But obviously I need to reduce writing activity…



  • @knebb:

    Well, "diskless" in terms of not having a harddisk. Hardisks can fail (well, USB devices, too) and my hardware has no SATA ports, so if the P-ATA disk fails I do not have a replacement for it.

    How old is that device? Remember there will 32-bit support will be dropped with pfSense 2.4 release.



  • @Grimson:

    How old is that device? Remember there will 32-bit support will be dropped with pfSense 2.4 release.

    It is an Astaro ASG220 from 2008 as far as I can see.
    I tried with 64bit version but it came up with something like "CPU does not support long command mode" or so. 32bit went fine.

    Ok, got it. Guess I cannot use these devices with upcoming 2.4. Damn.
    They are so cool with their 8 Ethernet interfaces… :( :( :(