Is the pre-installed pfSense on SG units nanoBSD?



  • Probably yes, but I can't see where it actually says this anywhere on the SG-nnnn product description in the pfSense store.
    And if something happens to the pre-installed image slice(s) (e.g. you install a bad dev snapshot to 2nd slice then somehow shoot yourself in the other foot also by doing something to make the 1st slice also unbootable), how do you rewrite the eMMC flash from scratch with a good pfSense image?



  • AFAIK it's a full install.
    Follow this thread, assuming that RCC-VE is the same hardware as SG



  • It uses this installer, which I think is based off the memstick-serial installer, so yes, full install. As far as we know, the Netgate RCC-VE nnnn is the exact same hardware as the pfSense SG-nnnn (build-to-order options notwithstanding). The latter comes with pfSense preloaded and includes one year of pfSense Premium Software Support.



  • @phil.davis:

    how do you rewrite the eMMC flash from scratch with a good pfSense image?

    If there a PXE boot option you should be able to install from the Live CD installer also.

    Perhaps some install scripts where running over this installation to com closer to the used hardware
    or it is a special version from pfSense that could or must only be upgraded from special images they
    offers to this customers, could also be very realistic.



  • @jahonix:

    AFAIK it's a full install.
    Follow this thread, assuming that RCC-VE is the same hardware as SG

    The pfSense_SG-4860_QSG.pdf quick-start-guide for the SG-4860 has a screen shot of the dashboard with "Platform nanobsd (4g)" displayed.
    Hmmmm - I wonder what is actually installed. I'm sure one of the real pfSense people can answer this definitively.



  • I'm sure one of the real pfSense people can answer this definitively.

    Register your SG device, open a support ticket and then you will it know really!



  • I have not bought one yet. Just trying to know what is the standard install, and what is the process some time down the track to re-flash it if needed - neither of these things are explicitly documented in the specs or QSG. And I think many customers would like to know about these, as they impact on upgrade and disaster-recovery planning.



  • @phil.davis:

    The pfSense_SG-4860_QSG.pdf quick-start-guide for the SG-4860 has a screen shot of the dashboard with "Platform nanobsd (4g)" displayed.

    The same screenshot (p. 18) lists the CPU type as "AMD G-T40E" which usually is an APU board, not an SG-… which is Intel based.
    But I bet you knew that already.  ;-)



  • Yes, I noticed that and so that made me not confident to guess based on the screen shots in the QSG - they seem to just be generic screen shots, not ones specifically from an actual install on an SG-nnnn.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Yeah, that's an old screenshot. Pretty sure they're all full install, both eMMc and SSD. I haven't actually seen one of these IRL though. Checking…...

    Edit: Confirmed

    Steve


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