Install pfsense 2 on ALIX board
I have an ALIX board with a serial connection to my Debian box. I downloaded pfSense-Embedded-Update-2.0-ALPHA-ALPHA-20090115-1853.tgz but I have no clue what partition type to use. Does this even use GRUB for a bootloader?
I see there's a zfs folder under boot which is interesting.. I do have a Solaris box but to the best of my knowledge zfs is not [yet] bootable. I've heard that ZFS is optimized for flash devices.
I have spent a bit of time Googling through the forums but I have not found anything that seems like it currently applies. I'm guessing a lot has been improving. ;)
I went from visiting the m0n0wall website to logging into the m0n0wall install on my ALIX board within 10 minutes. I downloaded pfSense-1.2.2-Embedded.img.gz but I was unable to get that image to work either.
Has pfSense outgrown the ALIX boards? Is it possible to get a dd image of a working ALIX image?
I booted Freedos and upgraded the firmware on my ALIX board to 0.99h. I also successfully booted iMedia and Voyage Linux.
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If you have been able to write a m0n0wall image to cf, you should be able to use the same procedure to write a pfSense image. Please detail your steps, as I have had no trouble with 1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, and 2.0-Alpha-Alpha on various Alix 2c3's.
$ md5sum pfSense-1.2.2-Embedded.img.gz
gunzip -c pfSense-1.2.2-Embedded.img.gz | dd of=/dev/sdb bs=16k
sfdisk –dump /dev/sdb
partition table of /dev/sdb
/dev/sdb1 : start= 0, size= 0, Id= 0
/dev/sdb2 : start= 0, size= 0, Id= 0
/dev/sdb3 : start= 0, size= 0, Id= 0
/dev/sdb4 : start= 0, size= 50000, Id=a5, bootable
/dev/sdb5 : start= 0, size= 235032
/dev/sdb6 : start= 235032, size= 10240
Partitioning is corrupt... Partition type a5 is FreeBSD and bootable flag is correct. Unable to mount image.
Same method with the same CF card worked on iMedia Linux.
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I'm not familiar with all the options on various linuxi versions of gunzip, but you probably need to use -cd instead of -c to tell it to decompress the img before writing it.
gunzip by default decompresses, gzip would require -dc.
I have had no trouble with 1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, and 2.0-Alpha-Alpha on various Alix 2c3's.
Could you post a dd image for a working 2.0 pfSense on ALIX?