Hyper-V - pfSense Console Unresponsive



  • I am running a vanilla install of pfSense 2.2 using client Hyper-V through Windows 8.1. I have tried this configuration on a few different types of hardware with the same results. I generally allocate 1 CPU, 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of disk space.

    The installation goes smooth, the VM responds fine for a period of time, but at random intervals the Hyper-V console connection to the VM goes unresponsive. Keyboard input does nothing. For the time being My workaround has been to use the Web GUI, but this becomes an issue when I need to shutdown or reboot the VM (unless there is a way to do this through the web interface).

    Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions on a fix?



  • Problem solved. For the record - I have an LED illuminated keyboard on my system. The LEDs only work when scroll lock is pressed. Turns out pfSense does not like scroll lock. Sooo glad I figured this out!


  • Banned

    @bobtheninja:

    I have an LED illuminated keyboard on my system. The LEDs only work when scroll lock is pressed.

    Could you tell us who manufactured this engineering masterpiece? Would like to avoid products from these idiots. (BTW, Ctrl+Scroll Lock+Scroll Lock is a shortcut to generate crash dump on Windows servers…)


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Probably the same geniuses who made my KVM with a hardcoded command key of Num Lock.

    If I boot a VM and it has focus, the Num Lock toggling by the VM causes the KVM to switch. Brilliant.


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