Install pfsense on a server



  • Hi,

    I want to install my Pfsense on a test server (in a datacenter) instead of installing it on a computer

    I dont know how I can access this server, and how can I install my pfsense (not possible by USB or CD because the server is in the datacenter) and how I can do the manipulation on my screen?

    I do not really have a solid base on server types and access methods
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    I really need your help



  • If your datacenter doesn't allow you to install from an image, what do you expect us to do?  Maybe you should be talking to them and asking them how to get it installed.



  • @bisssane:

    I dont know how I can access this server, … and how I can do the manipulation on my screen?

    All the information given by you come down to "I don't know". You state not even knowing how to access your server. How is anybody supposed to help you out with that?

    What do you want your remote network to look like when you're done? I mean, installing pfSense on a remote server usually doesn't make sense if there are no other servers behind it. Installing it on bare metal (and not in a VM on that server) renders the device useless for anything else than running pfSense. pfSense is a whole OS with a dedicated purpose. it's not a "program" (nowadays probably called App) you install on a server running Windows or Linux.



  • @KOM:

    If your datacenter doesn't allow you to install from an image, what do you expect us to do?  Maybe you should be talking to them and asking them how to get it installed.

    why all this malice in your answer.
    all I wanted to know is if it's possible to install a system on a server, remotely



  • @bisssane:

    @KOM:

    If your datacenter doesn't allow you to install from an image, what do you expect us to do?  Maybe you should be talking to them and asking them how to get it installed.

    why all this malice in your answer.
    all I wanted to know is if it's possible to install a system on a server, remotely

    I already installed my pfsense on a normal computer. but the traffic on my LAN was limited to 40Mbits / s. I wanted to increase the processing speed of my Pfsense (router) so I wanted to install it on a powerful machine (server).

    I admit that I'm a beginner (student) and I do not have much knowledge but I'm here to learn, if you want to help me, it's great. if no it's not worth it to answer in a nasty way

    what i want to know now is: is it possible to install my OS (pfsense) on a remote server? and how?


  • Netgate Administrator

    If you don't have physical access to the server you must have some way of connecting to it.

    You can probably install via IPMI or some equivalent. You will need some sort of console access to install in the normal way though.

    If you can image a drive on it directly you might be able to install on a local machine then image that drive and export that to the server. It would need to have the same NIC drivers to come up with valid intercaces.

    What access do you have?

    Steve



  • why all this malice in your answer.

    I'm out.  Have a nice day!



  • @stephenw10:

    If you don't have physical access to the server you must have some way of connecting to it.

    You can probably install via IPMI or some equivalent. You will need some sort of console access to install in the normal way though.

    If you can image a drive on it directly you might be able to install on a local machine then image that drive and export that to the server. It would need to have the same NIC drivers to come up with valid intercaces.

    What access do you have?

    Steve

    I can access the datacenter, I have my pfsense on a USB bootable, is there a USB port on a server? so the installation will be the same thing as on a normal computer? and how can I do my configuration since there is no screen?

    the questions may seem stupid but I am a new trainee in this company and I am trying to learn :)


  • Galactic Empire

    Find an old PC with two LAN ports and have a play on your desk, it will be much easier.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Your server will have some sort of console ports. probably USB/VGA or USB/HDMI or serial console. Or all of those.  ;)

    If you're using a serial console connection use the USB serial image.

    It probably also has some sort of out of band access like IPMI you could use to connect to a console remotely. That has to have been configured though. And you need to know how to access it.

    Steve



  • There is no such thing as a human-less data center, if you contract with AWS, there is an Amazon employee who can plug in your USB. Is this one of those hypothetical classroom questions?

    But u got a bigger problem, u need physical console/kbd access.



  • @bisssane:

    … is there a USB port on a server? ...

    Candid camera?

    It may or it may not have a USB port. You should know better how it is configured or if in doubt have a look.
    All a forum member can do without knowledge of your server's brand and model (you never mentioned that, did you) is to say: maybe.



  • @bisssane:

    …and how can I do my configuration since there is no screen?

    Anyone remembers punchcards?



  • Netgate Administrator

    If you can install pfSense from punch cards there should be some special award created.  ;D

    @bisssane Since you say you have physical access to the server there should be no real issue here. It's just a matter of familiarising yourself with the console options on your hardware.

    Steve



  • @jahonix:

    @bisssane:

    …and how can I do my configuration since there is no screen?

    Anyone remembers punchcards?

    Now that brings back memories.  Haven't seen one of those in years.



  • @stephenw10:

    If you can install

    Sorry, then I'm not legit for the price. Was about configuration only.
    SCNR


  • Netgate Administrator

    Ha. I think the award could go to any use of punch cards. Other than, like, stacking under one corner to level your box!  ;)

    Steve



  • I've got a whole box of punch cards  :-[

    They were very handy for levelling the billiard table.