Unable to install pfSense on ESXi



  • First off, I know virtually nothing about networking and virtualization, but please don't tell me not to bother. I just want/need to finish this.
    I have Vsphere installed and somewhat configured.
    The server has two SSDs: one on which the Vsphere itself resides, and the other where VMs will be.
    I read several articles about installing pfSense on ESXi, but I am unable to get the installation going.
    I created the actual VM just like the articles said, uploaded the installation ISO to the first SSD, booted the VM up and... no matter what I do it just attempts to boot from network (VMXNET3).
    In the BIOS I changed boot order to CD first, but it makes no difference.

    Does anyone know right away what am I doing wrong?

    I'll provide as much additional information as I can (no idea if this is enough - probably not).
    Thanks!


  • LAYER 8 Rebel Alliance

    Huh? Don't go crazy, just open the VMRC console on your machine for this VM, mount the .ISO and it will boot from there.

    -Rico



  • @rico said in Unable to install pfSense on ESXi:

    Huh? Don't go crazy, just open the VMRC console on your machine for this VM, mount the .ISO and it will boot from there.

    -Rico

    I forgot to mention I have built a standalone server. This is not running on my machine.

    Also, one thing I noticed is that the datastore iso in the VM's settings keeps unchecking the "connect" checkbox, which is probably the reason it's not booting, but I have no idea why.



  • Consider that the download images are packed.



  • @viragomann said in Unable to install pfSense on ESXi:

    Consider that the download images are packed.

    ...ok.
    Now I feel retarded. I thought I was downloading an actual ISO, and now that I re-checked it's indeed an archive of some sort.
    LOL!
    Thanks for pointing that out :D



  • I would have thought that ESXi would automatically filter out any non-ISO files. It really let you pick the gzip file as an ISO?



  • @kom
    No, Octopuss mentioned anyway above, that he wasn't able to connect the file.



  • @kom said in Unable to install pfSense on ESXi:

    I would have thought that ESXi would automatically filter out any non-ISO files. It really let you pick the gzip file as an ISO?

    Yup it did. Weird!



  • @viragomann But that was after letting him select the .gz in the first place. It was smart enough to know it can't connect to a gzip, but not smart enough to filter out all non-ISO files in the image picker dialog?

    I just tried it myself with ESXi 6.7 and it doesn't show any non-ISO files. I couldn't select one even if I wanted to.

    Bizarre.


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