Does Pfsense install on USB?

  • Hello… Currently my pfsense is install on an IDE HDD and I was wondering if I could install from LiveCD to USB Flash drive.?

    I've read somewhere that pfsense didn't support that but its was posted in 2007 and I thought maybe current version supports it.

    if it does support it anyway I can installed pfsense directly from my MAIN PC and Attach to my pfsense server and load settings?

    thank you!

    I tried using booting it on my freeNAS system (which is currently running on USB key) and it seems like USB Boot and RUN doesn't work it just hangs there.. can anyone confirm?

    I downloaded the (pfSense-1.2.3-RELEASE-2g-nanobsd.img.gz) image onto my 2gig USB flash drive with physdiskwrite and removed freenas (usb) and placed the pfsense (usb) into the socket. Did I do it wrong?

    Since freenas and pfsense derive from monowall... can anyone confirm b/c I plan to purchase a mobo/cpu deal at local computer store!

  • BUMP! plz!

  • I have sorta done this,

    1. write embedded image to CF card, try to boot from card in USB to CF card adapter
       got blinking cursor of death.

    2. open CF card with hex editor and replace the first 446 bytes (1BEh) of the
       MBR with the MBR found in /boot/mbr on the freebsd 8.0-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso
       CD. that fixed the boot

    I also just tested installing from the pfsense cd to a usb thumb drive
    after install finished and booting from the USB drive, I made it to setup
    network interfaces, so I think it will work.


    I wrote pfsense 1.2.3 embeded release to the thumb drive, when booting from it
    I got the blinking cursor of death, so I replaced the mbr with the mbr found on
    freebsd 8.0-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso /boot/mbr with a hexeditor then I was
    able to boot and get to the config network interfaces screen.

    you can also decompress the embeded image and delete the first 32,256 bytes
    from the image and write it to your drive, which seems to work also.

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