Esxi 5.1 WAN via passthrough nic, Lan vlan nic



    1. Thank you guys for doing this project and for any help you provide

    2. Sorry in advance if this is already answered. I spent the day with a crash course in all things esxi ie. update esxi via SSH shell.  :'( :'( :'( burnt out now.

    3. pfsense sees it's a VM, em0 shows up, it's the vlan nic. 
      passthrough nic (for WAN) doesn't show. Can't select it.
      pciconf shows the passthrough nic as em1

    pfsense 2 on esxi 5 guide has no info. Googling so far haven't found an answer.

    Help, thanks!



  • There are some NICs that ESXi just doesn't pass-through that well.  There was another thread about just that problem but I can't find it now.

    Was there some reason you wanted to pass-though the NIC?.

    What make, model of NIC?



  • Intel Gigabit CT, I heard it's supposed to be well supported. vSphere saw it, and pfsense sees it on the pcie bus. Seems it's just the config script that doesn't.

    It's the extra security - Esxi will be behind pfsense, so you only have to worry about pfsense vulnerabilities. On other sites guys were recommending it, so I figured it was done.

    the config script is nice otherwise, makes it easy.



  • @vv111y:

    Intel Gigabit CT, I heard it's supposed to be well supported. vSphere saw it, and pfsense sees it on the pcie bus.

    What build of pfSense?

    @vv111y:

    Seems it's just the config script that doesn't.

    Which config script? The one that runs at installation? The :assign interfaces" script (option 1 at the console menu)? something else?



  • @wallabybob:

    What build of pfSense?

    Not in front of the machine - but the file is "pfSense-LiveCD-2.0.3-RELEASE-i386-20130412-1022.iso.gz" . downloaded on EDIT:Wednesday

    @wallabybob:

    Which config script? The one that runs at installation? The :assign interfaces" script (option 1 at the console menu)? something else?

    Yes that's the one. It recognizes em0 and recognizes it's in Vmware (Esxi 5.1)



  • It's the extra security…

    My view is that, if security is so much of a concern, it may be better not to virtualize pfSense at all.  As you may have seen on those "other sites", opinions about virtualizing pfSense (or any firewall) vary a lot.

    I suggest you try it without the pass-through.


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