PfSense on Hyper-V - applying reboot-patch



  • Hey guys,

    just changed our firewall from monowall to pfsense and we have to say: we are very impressed, great job guys!!

    Only one tiny-little-thing:

    When running pfSense within Hyper-V you can not stop the machine correctly.

    A possible Workaround: powershell-command (> Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\virtualization msvm_computersystem | Format-Table ElementName, ProcessId) + powershell-command (kill ID).

    I found some russian guy who published a manual how to patch the freeBSD-Kernel to fix this:

    http://blogs.technet.com/abeshkov/archive/2008/12/15/3169299.aspx

    Here go the commands:

    cd /tmp

    wget http://shell.peach.ne.jp/~aoyama/wordpress/download/fbs71-200809-hvpatch.bz2

    cd /usr/src/

    bzcat < /path/to/fbs71-200809-hv.patch.bz2 | patch -p1

    make buildkernel

    make installkernel

    shutdown -r now

    My problem: /usr/src is not in the installation-iso within pfsense - i do not want to play around with new kernel sources, so, my questions is:

    1. where do i get your kernel to patch it myself
    2. can't you patch your kernel with this patch so that hyper-v is happy and plays with pfsense? ;)

    Thank you,
    onestone



  • anybody?



  • There is already a post relating to this under the Virtulisation section of the forum dating back to October 8th 2008,

    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,12157.0.html

    There would appear to be no dev's willing to help out in fixing this. I could donate a valid M$ 2008 key to any dev's wishing to give it a go!



  • There is a discussion going on about this in freebsd-hackers@ and this doesn't seem like a bug is a meter of a workaround for Hyper-V.
    Lets where it ends and if a patch will be commited.



  • I'd also greatly appreciate it if this was implemented. I'm in strictly MS environement going from Virtual PC/Virtual Server to Hyper-V. I've used m0n0wall before, but (as expected) it doesn't even begin to start under Hyper-V. pfSense is so very close apart from this issue.

    I've talked to a number of people that are in the same situation…we need a good firewall, router for testing/production use under Hyper-V and I'd be very happy if pfSense would be the one (I've tried the latest 2.0 Alpha Snapshots and it remains unchanged there).



  • We have it working under Hyper-V for a couple of clients.

    The trick is to use the emulated network card.



  • DimitriRodis could you please provide additional details. Which version are you using, do you have it installed on a HDD or are you using a LiveCD. Are you able to restart/shut it down without it hanging?

    I'm naturally also using the Legacy Network adapters…is that what you mean by "emulated network card"?

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.



  • @DimitriRodis:

    We have it working under Hyper-V for a couple of clients.

    The trick is to use the emulated network card.

    No one is saying they can't get it working, its trouble stopping it working we are having  :P

    Again this should really be in the Virtulisation section of the forum.


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