Copy over Pfsense



  • Hi Guys,
    I am using pfsense latest build 2.2.5 on ESXI 6.0 with latest patches .
    I've installed the Open-VM-Tools  Version 1280544.12.
    everything works fine, however when I try to copy files between the VM's over the vSwitch, the speed stays below 50MB/s.
    when I copy the files directly between the VM's the speeds goes to 120MB/s
    any suggestions how to tweak this ?

    thank you



  • are you maxing out the real cpu on the esx? (check in vsphere client / vcenter)

    what type of vnics are you using? vmnet3 generally use less cpu …



  • what do you mean mixing our the cpu of the ex ?
    I am using VMXNET3 on the pfsense box, with 1024 MB Memory and 2 Virtual sockets and 1 Core per socket,SCI
    the HDD is SSD and the virtual SCI controller is LSI logic parallel,

    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4820K CPU @ 3.70GHz
    Current: 462 MHz, Max: 3702 MHz

    4 CPUs: 2 package(s) x 2 core(s)

    @heper:

    are you maxing out the real cpu on the esx? (check in vsphere client / vcenter)

    what type of vnics are you using? vmnet3 generally use less cpu …


  • Banned

    maxing (CPU usage) != mixing…



  • @doktornotor:

    maxing (CPU usage) != mixing…

    as you see the pfsense box have enough CPU usage, mostly is using 2% of CPU and 20% of Memory.



  • you copy/pasted the cpu-usage inside the VM. please post it from the esx management interface (when you are pushing a lot of traffic)



  • @heper:

    you copy/pasted the cpu-usage inside the VM. please post it from the esx management interface (when you are pushing a lot of traffic)

    I am sorry but I am not sure I understand what you do mean ?


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    The Hypervisor, VMWare itself, the thing your VMs are installed under.



  • @Derelict:

    The Hypervisor, VMWare itself, the thing your VMs are installed under.

    copying to the hypervisor is fine, using the physique NICS which provides between 80 and 100 MB/s



  • No, Jamerson, all the replies so far are trying to tell you that the CPU usage that pfsense reports in it's dashboard is NOT the CPU usage that is actually occurring.

    Please find the graph of CPU usage in the Hypervisor itself, and check whether THAT is maxing out (or not).


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