Hardware Migration



  • Hi,
    i'm going to change my hardware. Currently i run pfSense on a Qotom J1900 and i want to go on a Supermicro x11sba-ln4f.
    Is it possible to move the mSATA over to the new Board? Or do i have to make a fresh install and import the settings?

    What do you think, would it be a good idea to use 2 2,5" SATA Drives with ZFS as Raid 1 instead of the mSata?

    Thank you!



  • i'm going to change my hardware. Currently i run pfSense on a Qotom J1900 and i want to go on a Supermicro x11sba-ln4f.

    There is a long thread here in that forum you will be able to digg out many information about pros and cons for that board
    and which revision is really working with pfSense together. Long but really worth it to be reading.

    Is it possible to move the mSATA over to the new Board?

    You can try it out.

    Or do i have to make a fresh install and import the settings?

    Would be my way to go with, because it is mostly faster then all fid lings.

    What do you think, would it be a good idea to use 2 2,5" SATA Drives with ZFS as Raid 1 instead of the mSata?

    Only if this is really urgent but better to use the mSATA and prevent from heat and also saving more electric power
    many of them are cheap to get the hands on and if you get a small and cheap one and you will be copy it over you may
    have a better spare storage if anything is failing.



  • Thanks for the quick Feedback!
    I ordered the Mainboard just recently. It did not arrive yet.
    The only Con i read about was a Watchdog problem with older revisions. Hope i get a new one.
    Then i'll stick to the mSATA. RAM and mSATA should be compatible with the new board.



  • Keep a copy of the config.xml handy, and a pfSense installer as well. Sticking the drive on the new board might work, but often enough a reinstall produces better results, i.e. BIOS vs. CSM for boards that have UEFI.



  • I've always been able to just grab a drive and throw it into a new machine so long as the new machine had the same type of ethernet ports  (like em0, em1 etc)

    Also if the new one has as many or more than the old one, it helps.

    Otherwise, its turned into a goat rope and I've just reinstalled everything and started fresh.

    Same goes for restoring configs as far as I know.



  • Fresh install and recover from backup.

    I recently had to do a fresh install on my APU2 because the upgrade to 2.4 went bad, and I was really surprised how quickly I was able to get up and running.



  • The only thing that I sometimes have issues with on a restore is the package installer not waiting for WAN access and thus hanging or failing.



  • Network interface devices names will probably change too.


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