Centeral Managment system for pfSense?



  • Hi Everyone,

    This question may fall under Feature Requests probably but with the abundance of pfSense routers installed these out there, I am wondering if there is a tool made by pfSense group or other contributers that partially or fully centrally manages many different pfSenses in the field. Things like pushing updates, changes, and making configuration changes across all units without having to login to them separately or even an xml management interface for the xml configuration page (even though that is what the pfSense GUI is) would be great to know about. Or in general any management tool to pfSense other than it's GUI would probably get me started on trying to find a way to centrally manage my pfSense boxes which are scattered all over and growing in numbers.

    Thanks,



  • Nope, its been discussed but no one has been interested in funding the development and none of the developers are interested enough in the project to give up their free time to it right now.



  • That would be a great asset to the project. I was just browsing through some of the packages and it seems like some of the tools can already do this sort of job (I mean at least create the reports needed) and all that is left is probably do a push of them to a server (over https or a secure tunnel) which accepts the xml and then generates reports on multiple Monitors :-) and can give you an Emergency or Non-emergency quality assessment of all the boxed that are deployed in the field. I think just a reporting tool rather than managing would be a good start and later on Management/Update functionalities can be added?!

    Is there any interest in this guys? I am willing to pitch in some for this.

    Anyone else interested in this?

    Regards,




  • Netgate Administrator

    This seems like such an unbelievably useful feature. $4000 and still no one had a crack at it!  :o How many out of work coders out there?! This would look good on your CV.  ;D

    Perhaps, as suggested in the bounty thread, the task of a complete CMI is just too large to be tackled in one go. Too much risk. Creating a basic but extensible application that can be completed over time might the way to go.

    Steve


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    There is something in the works for after 2.0 ships, but it won't be Open Source.



  • @stephenw10:

    This seems like such an unbelievably useful feature. $4000 and still no one had a crack at it!  :o How many out of work coders out there?! This would look good on your CV.  ;D

    Perhaps, as suggested in the bounty thread, the task of a complete CMI is just too large to be tackled in one go. Too much risk. Creating a basic but extensible application that can be completed over time might the way to go.

    Steve

    Considering the extensive amount of work required to put out a decent product, even with just basic functionality, $4k doesn't begin to compensate a coder for the effort.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Really? Hmmm.
    I think you guys are getting paid more than me!  ::)
    How many days coding does $4000 buy you?



  • jimp, what will be the cost for this closed source function? also is there a place to find out more info?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Still too early to say anything for certain. Some code exists (Check sullrich's twitter feed from several months ago for screenshots) but it's pretty far away from a finished product. Not sure anything like cost has actually been decided yet.


  • Netgate Administrator



  • @stephenw10:

    How many days coding does $4000 buy you?

    At typical US salaries for the type of skillset needed, less than a month. Nowhere near the few thousand hours it'll take.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @stephenw10:

    ProjectY?
    http://twitpic.com/xl4ou

    Yes, though it's no longer called that.



  • Sorry, so what exactly is happening at the $4000 point now? No one is willing to take it? I might have a coder who would be interested in this.

    Isn't the M0n0wall CMI code GPL? Can't it be borrowed or is pfSense now branched out too much away from M0n0wall?

    Thanks



  • The $4000 bounty was withdrawn due to non-interest.



  • No interest for anyone to take the project for $4000 or because people who committed were not willing to wait longer?

    Thanks



  • when will pricing be decided (will it be tired IE # systems/home/biz user etc)?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Still too early to say for sure



  • thats what I thought but wasnt sure.



  • @torontob:

    No interest for anyone to take the project for $4000 or because people who committed were not willing to wait longer?

    Thanks

    A little of column A and a little of column B.  Doing this project even remotely correctly would involve several thousand hours worth of effort at least and I doubt many developers with the requisite skill set would want to go to all that effort and then try to chase down money from all those different people.  Ultimately, the bounty was retired due to non interest as per the rules of the bounty forum.


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