Pfsense + Clon PC + Virtual Box
Im new on this matters about pfsense hardware.
I want to install pfsense in the next scenario:
- Clon PC:
- 3 x Gigabit NICs ( TP-LINK TG-3468 Gigabit 10/100/1000Mbps, PCI-Express )
- Intel Core i3 Processor
- 8 GB RAM
- 128 SSD
The host operating system will be Windows 7, im planning to install virtual Box and then Pfsense on it.
I know this is more expensive than getting a Netgate product, but i already have the hardware i mentioned unused.
Also i want to know if using the NICs i mentioned would work, since im planning to use Two of them for WAN connection, and the other one for LAN.
Honest opinions about this idea?
Don't install Windows on it, don't use VirtualBox, also, just install pfSense directly.
Also: don't get the TG-3468. Don't get any of those. For the same price you can get a quad gigabit intel card.
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pfsense will install on just about anything. Pfsense doesn't seem to have a particular preference. What u suggest will work. Doing your initial install on hardware u already own is a good starting point. Can always save config file, and restore it to a more dedicated box in the future if u like.
Running on what you've got already as a test is not a bad idea.
What's your reasoning for running pfSense virtualised? If it's because you have other VMs to run then almost anything else would be a better hypervisor!
If you need Windows 7 running natively (rather than that in a VM too) pfSense will run ok in virtual box.
Do you plan on using pfsense to protect the windows 7 client, or is it only to run the pfsense on virtual box? If only for pfsense, I would not recommend your setup. If windows 7 gets bsod, or exploit, your pfsense box is down.
If you need both, please look at a free esxi license. (Vmware)
Then run pfsense and windows as virtual clients.
Else, most secure is to install the pfsense direct to the box.