VMTools and VMXNET3 working on pfSense 2.1 on x64

  • I finally got VMXNET3 drivers and VMTools running successfully in my pfSense 2.1 VM.

    NOTE: The VMTools "package" install does NOT allow for proper VMXNET3!!!

    I found the most useful article here: http://pastebin.com/kQMiqwF3

    However, I changed those instructions just a tad to match names correctly. Here is what I did:

    In the vSphere Client program or console window you need to "Inventory->Virtual Mahine->Guest->Install/Upgrade VMware Tools" before starting this.

    setenv PACKAGEROOT "ftp://ftp.freebsd.org"
    setenv PACKAGESITE "ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/amd64/packages-8.3-release/Latest/"
    pkg_add -r perl
    pkg_add -r compat6x-amd64
    mount_cd9660 /dev/acd0 /mnt
    cd /tmp
    tar zxvf /mnt/vmware-freebsd-tools.tar.gz
    cd vmware-tools-distrib
    ./vmware-install.pl -d
    To make it work every time, you'll have to modify the file /etc/rc to search for additional libraries
    within /usr/local/lib/compat/ folder too. Open it with your favourite text editor and locate the line
      /sbin/ldconfig -elf /usr/lib /usr/local/lib /lib
    and append the previously specified directory at the end, turning it into
      /sbin/ldconfig -elf /usr/lib /usr/local/lib /lib /usr/local/lib/compat

    I'm just posting this again to maybe lead people away from the older posts which can distract you a bit.

    NOTE: If you have traffic shaping configured you MIGHT run into crashes after adding VMXNET3 interfaces. YMMV

    NOTE: If you run the auto updater it can and sometimes will stomp on the changes in /etc/rc causing the tools to not load the next time. Reapply the fix to /etc/rc as needed!

  • Were you able to get vmxnet3 drivers working on 2.0.2/3 ?

    For me vmxnet2 works with no issues but vmxnet3 comes up as not detected. This is with the latest 2.0.3 version.

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