PFSense USB Installation VK-T40E
I recently upgraded by PFsense to the latest release 2.2.2 from 2.2.1 and i started having issues where i couldn't ssh to the box. Using the diag command line tool i sent "cat /etc/passwd" to query it and it displayed log output and script data back to me. I then went through other configuration files i new of and they were all looking corrupt so i created a bootable USB stick using the pfSense-memstick-2.2.2-RELEASE-i386.img. I formated the hard drive and installed a fresh instance of PFsense.
Now when i boot the VK-T40E it displays "PC Engines APU BIOS build date: Apr 5 2014" as the last line and does not boot pfsense.
My support has lapsed so i really need some help trying to get this thing working again. I have tried to roll back to 2.2.1 to no avail which means im doing something wrong clearly. I do know that i can boot the usb copy but that is it.
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At the end of the installation, did you choose the embedded kernel option?
Yes i did select the Embedded Kernel Option :(
So i did the install as you normally would then instead of rebooting i returned to the terminal.
From the terminal i mounted the disk where the new operating system was and add the following to the /boot/loader.conf.local file located in my mount directory
mount -t ufs /dev/ada### /root/ada###
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Then i umounted and rebooted the box cleanly and booted of the 30g mSata disk where i had just installed. Up came the operating system and everything was fine and dandy until i needed to remove the usb stick.
So i pulled the power on the VK-T40E (dirty shutdown) removed the usb device and then plugged it back in. Everything appeared to be working fine until it finished booting. It prompted me for a password then a username and password and none of the defaults worked so i rebooted with my usb stick again, mounted the disk as i had done before and discovered some configuration files in the ETC directory were corrupted.
So it appears i have hit the https://redmine.pfsense.org/issues/4523 bug which will require me to wait until 2.2.3. I had seen this issue on 2.2.0 upgrades etc when things such as the wheel group disappeared from the /etc/group directory. As i have an embedded device i need to ssh to the device and shut it down cleanly or suffer corruption everytime. so beware people :-)
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This has no effect on 2.2.x, read the wiki for proper hints.