PfSense VMware Appliance and VMware Server 2 NIC's doesn't work [solved]



  • How can i use the Appliance with an Debian VMware Server 2.01 installation, because the NIC type
    ethernet1.virtualDev = "e1000"
    is not aviable in this Installation…  :(
    After updating it to an "flexible" type (only choice of the web GUI) the NIC isn't aviable inside the Appliance  ???

    Thank's for your help



    • Go to the folder where you created your virtualmachine.

    • Look for the .vmx file.

    • Open with wordpad

    • scroll all the way down

    • enter the following entries at the bottom:
      ethernet0.virtualdev=e1000

    • repeat if you have multiple network cards, replace ethernet0 with ethernet1 etc…

    • Start your vm and it should work with the e1000 driver.

    Good luck!



  • Hello Black_Adder

    Thank's for your informations but VMware Server 2.01 doesn't have the »e1000« Ethernet virtual device inside the Host Sytem (Debian Etch + VMware Server 2.01)

    The pfSense Appliance is already configured with the »e1000« virtual ethernet devices and if i open the config with the web GUI it shows me:

    Virtual device type not supported.
    The current virtual device type (e1000) is known not to work with this virtual machine's configured guest operating system.

    There i can Click on Modify Type
    and here i can deside between
    e1000
    This device is compatible with newer guest operating systems, including 64-bit and Solaris systems, but is not supported by VMware Server 2.0.1.
    Flexible
    This device is compatible with most 32-bit guest operating systems and provides optimal performance when the latest VMware Tools software is installed.

    After changing the type to »Flexible« the network config seems OK but the pfSense appliance doesn't knows the network cards anymore (have no drivers?)

    Thank's for your support!

    Peter



  • @pbk8530:

    After changing the type to »Flexible« the network config seems OK but the pfSense appliance doesn't knows the network cards anymore (have no drivers?)

    After you change the NIC type, you'll have to bring up the pfSense VM's console and configure the LAN/WAN/etc adapters again (i.e, the same setup routine you would've run when first installing pfSense).



  • Hi Rezin,

    Thank's for the Information now it works

    A short user manual how to use pfSense appliance with VMware Server 2.01

    1.) Download VMappliance
    2.) Unzip
    3.) Edit the .vmx file and remove (comment) the lines
        #ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"
        #ethernet1.virtualDev = "e1000"
    4.) Start the appliance
    5.) Connect via VMware Remote Console and reconfigure the NIC's
        le0 –> LAN
        le1 --> WAN
    5.) Set Lan IP
    6.) Connect to the web GUI


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