Pfsense 2.0.2 support IBM System x3500 M4?


  • IBM System x3500 M4
    CPU : Intel Xeon 6 Core E5-2630 2.3Ghz/1333Mhz, 15MB L3 Cache
    RAM : 8 GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
    HDD : 2 TB 3.5”SATA 
    LAN Card : 1 Card “ Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I340 Quad-Port



  • @wichern:

    IBM System x3500 M4
    CPU : Intel Xeon 6 Core E5-2630 2.3Ghz/1333Mhz, 15MB L3 Cache
    RAM : 8 GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM
    HDD : 2 TB 3.5”SATA 
    LAN Card : 1 Card “ Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I340 Quad-Port

    If you already have this system, it should work, possibly with some driver compiling for the NIC (though the thread I saw about it was fairly old, it's probably included now: http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,26592.msg140323.html )

    I would not, however, buy that system for pfSense.  The 6 core Xeon will be vastly under-utilized as pfSense and most of its processes are single threaded, so usually it doesn't benefit from any more than 2 cores.  You'll need to run the x64 version to utilize that much RAM.  Spinning drives, especially of that size are generally only good for very large squid caches, otherwise I'd probably suggest a single SSD.

    But, you also didn't tell us what you're doing with it.  As a pure firewall, I think 1/3 of that machine would saturate its 1Gb ports anyway.  VPN would probably do pretty well on it as well.

    If you're simply asking: "will it work", yeah, it should.  Will it do what you want to throw at it? Probably.  Is it overkill?  Quite likely.

  • Netgate Administrator

    Yep, massive overkill.
    Better to run pfSense virtualised on that box. At least you can then use the rest of it for something useful.

    Steve