PfSense and KVM



  • hi.
    is anyone using the latest pfSense (2.0.2 or 2.1 beta) as a KVM guest?
    I've had bad experiences in the recent past, with weird networking problems (some hosts accessing internet, some other don't, without any specific rule).

    I'm willing to do some more tests in the next week, but in the meantime I'd like to know if someone else had experiences like mine.

    thanks



  • hello,

    i had pfSense 1.2.3, 2.0 and 2.0.1 in kvm/qemu working fine.

    Now I have running 2.0.2 in kvm/qemu also working fine…



  • can you give a try to 2.1 beta? it has virtio drivers



  • I tried 2.1 beta on kvm and the performance of the virtio nics were not as good as well as the the intel 1gb nics.  otherr wise it runs nicely on kvm hypervisor.



  • @rclaus:

    I tried 2.1 beta on kvm and the performance of the virtio nics were not as good as well as the the intel 1gb nics.  otherr wise it runs nicely on kvm hypervisor.

    until some weeks ago I still couldn't use the virtio driver for NICs, otherwise I run into weird natting problems, like some hosts working and some not. Haven't tried anymore ever since, or maybe once, but still with no good results.
    Did you try it for some time? Did you try in a test environment with several hosts?

    thanks



  • i only tried for about a day.  was running a couple ipsec tunnels along with a number of servers doing web services and also OpenVPN.  only issue i ran into that was a show stopper was a application that that did a file transfer of 9 large sqlserver bkups and using Curl for the transfer program.  had very slow data transfer rates and had to revert back to using the Intel em drivers in order to get the data to transfer correctly.  not sure what was wrong.  my main reason for going to 2.1 was to resolve my daily pfsense/FreeBSD crashes that i attributed to the buggy Intel drivers on FreeBSD.  since 2.1 is on a newer version of FreeBSD with newer improved nic drivers, my daily crashes have ended.  i thought while i was doing this i might try the virtio drivers but reverted back to intel.



  • thanks for your feedback.


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