[HELP!] Installing pfSense on VMware Workstation



  • i need some help to install pfSense on vmware workstation v12.5.7.

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    pfSense-CE-2.4.2-RELEASE-amd64
    vmware workstation installed on win10-64, static pc, i3 third generation processor, ram 8gb, 1 ssd disc 120GB and 3x1 TB sata2 hdd.
    On motherboard is 1 LAN jack, but also i have one more network card installed in motherboard by PCIe and that is wireless card which is capable to receive wireless network and to transmit, but not at same time. That is ok because the static pc will receive internet by lan then will transmit by wireless card, which will allow me to use the machine like router and data backup.
    for pfSense i have 1 core of processor, 512MB RAM, 10GB disc, display-auto detect, CD/DVD -virtually-C:\Users\Owner\Desktop\pfSense-CE-2.4.2-RELEASE-amd64.iso
    From this static pc will receive internet 2 laptops and 4 phones, i thing 512mb RAM is ok, but optionally i can increase if is needed.
    By windows 10 os will be shared all 3 disc's where i can use them for data backup and storage for videos, music, documents, etc.
    Also, the static pc where is installed win10 64 must have internet.

    the network which is coming by lan, then must go to pfsense by vmware virtual adapter, there will be filtered the network, then will come back to windows 10 host pc by another virtual adapter, which host pc will transmit internet by the wireless card to other devices like laptops and phones. Network configuration i need to configure properly, but every time i failed.

    question 1) please i need help to configure the network!

    on vmware workstation > virtual machine settings > i have added 2 network adapters, first one is  Bridget, but is not checked "replace physical network connection state", and another one network adapter is Host only.

    Question 2) which options are best for me to make this to work properly? do is needed to change the first adapter to another one?  or the option "replace physical network connection state" to be checked ?

    question 3) which is the procedure to make this thing to work?



  • @kiko83:

    question 1) please i need help to configure the network!

    on vmware workstation > virtual machine settings > i have added 2 network adapters, first one is  Bridget, but is not checked "replace physical network connection state", and another one network adapter is Host only.

    Question 2) which options are best for me to make this to work properly? do is needed to change the first adapter to another one?  or the option "replace physical network connection state" to be checked ?

    question 3) which is the procedure to make this thing to work?

    • I would use a virtual bridged adapter on the NIC from "the network which is coming by lan" as WAN for pfSense,
    • on the additional NIC (WI-FI?) on the host system I would disable all services except of the vmWare-Networking, add a bridged virtual adapter on it and use it as LAN for pfSense
    • "do is needed to change the first adapter to another one?" - no, the "Host only adapter" should not be used for your configuration - it is in the "localhost" network, which can normally not communicate with physical devices,
    • "replace physical network connection state" seems to be good for pfSense - it will see, if the physical cable is connected,
    1. the question is too general, try to look at the documentation of installing pfSense on a virtual host, e.g. https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Virtualizing_pfSense_on_Proxmox, to general pfSense installation documentation https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Installing_pfSense , to "getting started" guides, read this forum, etc.

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