Need help getting pfSense onto my Thin Client (HP t5740)

  • Hey, Im new to the pfSense scene and would appreciate some help getting my system running. I have here a HP t5740 thin client with an Atom n280, 2gb Ram, 2gb DOM flash memory. I also have an expansion kit on it with a PCI Gigabit Ethernet Card (2 NICs total, one on-board, one pci)

    So, after doing some research, I'm 99% sure the file I need is this one: pfSense-2.2.1-RELEASE-2g-i386-nanobsd-vga.img.gz

    So I downloaded that, but now I'm stuck on how to get it onto my Thin Client. I don't have a USB device which I can connect the DOM flash drive onto in order to install directly from my laptop. One guide I read said to install from a LiveCD with a USB CD drive (I have one) however another guide said not to go that route and to boot into some Live Linux distro on the Thin Client and doing some commands to install the pfSense file onto the DOM. I'm confused on what to do. What is the easiest route I can take? I'm not too familiar with Linux command line, but if there is a tutorial, I wouldn't mind following along

    Thanks for the help[1] (this guy used a pfSense live CD)[2] (this guy used a Linux Live boot)

  • Did you pay for a 2GB dom or did you just happen to have one laying around?

    With the imbedded installs, I'm pretty sure you have to write the images directly to the drive.  Not so much "install".

    However, if you got a dom like this:

    You could just run a full install (with trim)

  • NanoBSD vs NanoBSD+VGA

    NanoBSD uses the Serial Console by default, so there are two sets of NanoBSD images:

    NanoBSD: Embedded install type using the serial console by default
        NanoBSD+VGA: Like NanoBSD, but uses the VGA console instead.

    The downloaded image must be written to target media before it can be used. For a Full Install, this media is used to boot and install and then will not be needed again, and for LiveCD it will remain connected to the firewall. For Embedded, the target media is the disk (CF/SD) that will contain the Operating System.

    Write the ISO (LiveCD): If the LiveCD .iso file was downloaded, it must be burned to a disc as an ISO image. See Writing ISO Images for assistance.
        Writing Memstick or NanoBSD images: This task is covered with great detail in the Writing Disk Images article here on the wiki.

  • I bought the DOM on ebay because the thin client I bought was stripped of it. It looks like this

    I read those parts on this site, however they instruct to move the DOM onto my current pc to install the pfsense however I don't have what is required to do that. I only have a laptop and I don't have a USB device which would allow me to connect the DOM to my laptop. I do have a USB Cd ROM drive and would love to install pfsense onto the thin client with a live Cd but I'm not sure if that's possible. Looking for some direction.

  • You can burn a linux mint disk to DVD, live boot and run linux mint fro the DVD and use its built in image burning tools to install the pfsense image onto your DOM.

    Had you gotten a bigger dom, you could do full install from CD.

  • Here's a way to install pfSense on the HP thin clients without having to remove the DOM from the client:

    You need a USB stick to boot from. Tested on tens of t5730s, I guess it should work the same with t5740 also.

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