Running both pfsense and unms on one machine



  • Hey guys, hope you are all well.I need your help..So i have this idea of intergrating pfsense and UNMS on one of my computers, meaning they would run as Virtual Machines.The computer specs: HP DC5700 , 3Ghz Processor, Core 2 Duos, 160GB HDD, 4GB RAM. Is this possible and how ?



  • Yes, it's possible. Install your hypervisor of choice, then install those other services as virtual machines.



  • @OpenWifi its possible to install it in a same machine . Since pfsense is a freebsd based ,you can go to terminal and installed the need packages like java, mangodb for that


  • Netgate Administrator

    @sabinlal28 said in Running both pfsense and unms on one machine:

    Since pfsense is a freebsd based ,you can go to terminal and installed the need packages like java, mangodb

    Yikes! Never do that on your firewall if you're at all concerned about security. 😬

    A 3GHz C2D with 4GB of RAM is not exactly an ideal hypervisor. But I would still much rather do that and run those two things as separate VMs than install java in pfSense. 😉

    Steve



  • @stephenw10 can you explain how does that makes firewall unsecure.!!??..


  • Netgate Administrator

    Two main reasons besides simply; java 😬 :

    You are increasing the attack surface of the firewall by running whatever that is you're running. Almost nobody else will be running that so any cracks it opens will be yours to find and fix.

    That is not hosted on our repo so to install it you will be pulling packages from the main FreeBSD repo or worse some unknown 3rd party repo. Those may overwrite default packages with unintended consequences.
    Will it upgrade to a new pfSense version? Who knows it will be completely untested.

    As you say it's FreeBSD so you probably can do that but I wouldn't unless there was really no alternative. And there are alternatives.

    Steve


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