2.3 maturity and firmware for SG-2440



  • A couple of questions on 2.3 maturity.

    1. I have an SG-2440.  Do I need to install special ADI version of firmware to retain factory optimizations?  If so, where do I find it?  I don't see it in the 2.3 snapshots.

    2. I use basic functionality such as firewall, certificate services, traffic shaping, OpenVPN client, OpenVPN server, OpenVPN client export.  Is 2.3 considered stable enough to use as my home firewall?  OpenVPN client stability is important for connecting to my VPN service.

    I would like to start enjoying the new GUI in 2.3, but still want a certain level of stability, realizing it is still beta.  If anyone can chime in to give me a certain level of confidence, it would be much appreciated.

    Thanks to the pfSense team for their great work.  Love my SG-2440, and 2.3 will only make it that much better! :)

    Marco



  • General rule of thumb is to never use anything that's in Alpha, or Beta for production purposes unless it's been extensively tested by you before put into production use.


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    @macboy6:

    1. I have an SG-2440.  Do I need to install special ADI version of firmware to retain factory optimizations?  If so, where do I find it?  I don't see it in the 2.3 snapshots.

    If you install fresh, use the memstick labeled -ADI. We don't have a version of 2.3 with the factory pieces built-in ready for testing, but that should be fine for now. Most (if not all) of our staff are running 2.3 on our SG boxes we have in our houses and many of us work from home as well, among other places we run 2.3. We're different though, since we're dogfooding it so we hit things so others won't. :-)

    @macboy6:

    2. I use basic functionality such as firewall, certificate services, traffic shaping, OpenVPN client, OpenVPN server, OpenVPN client export.  Is 2.3 considered stable enough to use as my home firewall?  OpenVPN client stability is important for connecting to my VPN service.

    All of those should be fine, and it should be in good shape for a home firewall. In some cases it's actually more stable than 2.2.x since FreeBSD 10-STABLE (almost 10.3 now) fixed some panics that people are hitting on pfSense 2.2.x which uses FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE.

    @macboy6:

    I would like to start enjoying the new GUI in 2.3, but still want a certain level of stability, realizing it is still beta.  If anyone can chime in to give me a certain level of confidence, it would be much appreciated.

    Once we crossed into Beta territory the likelihood of major breakage is low. There are still some areas that need polish but all the major features are there.

    When in doubt, consult these:

    Open regressions in 2.3 (things that worked before but are broken now): https://redmine.pfsense.org/projects/pfsense/issues?query_id=61
    All open 2.3 issues: https://redmine.pfsense.org/projects/pfsense/issues?query_id=51

    And keep in mind some packages have not yet been converted for 2.3, though most of the popular ones have.

    @macboy6:

    Thanks to the pfSense team for their great work.  Love my SG-2440, and 2.3 will only make it that much better! :)

    Thanks for being a customer!



  • Thanks.  Will upgrade tonight!



  • I don't see any memstick -ADI version in the snapshots.  You may want to look into that.  I will just upgrade for now.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate



  • My bad.  I was in 32-bit folder. :-[



  • Just wanted to report that the upgrade to 2.3 Beta went well, and all the services I mentioned are running well.  Just a few web interface issues, but nothing major.

    I did notice yesterday night that when editing firewall rules that the entire rule would disappear if I clicked on some of the action buttons (edit, copy, gear).  The rule reappeared after clicking away to another screen and returning to firewall rules.  This happened on both my iOS device and desktop browser.  I upgraded to the latest snapshot this afternoon and have not been able to recreate this bug.  Do you know if this has been seen before and if it's been corrected?  I wanted to open up a ticket in redmine if it's a new or unknown issue.

    Marco


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    IIRC that was known & fixed



  • Yeah that should be fixed, but if you see it again, let us know.



  • not meaning to highjack this thread. Any idea how close are we to the first 2.3 RC?



  • @Asterix:

    not meaning to highjack this thread. Any idea how close are we to the first 2.3 RC?

    I have no idea or say in the matter, but I will point to the FreeBSD 10.3 release schedule: https://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.3R/schedule.html
    Given we are only 2 months away from an official FreeBSD release and it looks like that will go to schedule, I would be inclined to aim for the pfSense 2.3 official release being the week after FreeBSD 10.3. And thus pfSense 2.3 BETAs on a similar time-frame to what is in the FreeBSD schedule.



  • After running 2.3 for several days (updating daily), I just wanted to report back that 2.3 beta is working perfectly as my home firewall with all the features mentioned above.  The GUI is awesome!

    Thanks pfSense team.



  • Agreed love the new look and redesign of gui. I still have a few package issues but over all loving it!


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