No GUI on nano install

  • Running pfSense-2.2.6-RELEASE-size-arch-nanobsd_vga.img.gz on 16gb stick in supermicro a1sri-2558f

    WAN = igb0 set to dhcp

    LAN = igb1 set to  GUI on browser always times out

    Have tried re install from fresh re run of pfSense-2.2.6-RELEASE-size-arch-nanobsd_vga.img.gz on the usb stick always the same result no GUI

    Have tried different IP numbers i 192.168 * * ranges  always the same result

    GUI set to https times out with unable to connect

    ping to or any other ip set for the GUI is ok

    The only other thing is during boot Starting device manager (devd….kidload: cant load uns: No such file or directory

    Cant find anything that will let the GUI connect

    Any ideas this is driving me crazy!

  • tell me about it mate , soon i will just deploy my only maining server as the router lol

  • Running pfSense-2.2.6-RELEASE-size-arch-nanobsd_vga.img.gz on 16gb stick in supermicro a1sri-2558f

    pfSense-2.2.6-RELEASE-size-arch-nanobsd_vga.img.gz is not an image to download, it must be more like
    pfSense-2.2.6-RELEASE-4GB-amd64-nanobsd_vga.img.gz it should be called if you wnat to go with the
    NanoBSD image, but I really think you should go with a full install and the following pfSense 64Bit image:
    pfSense-memstick-2.2.6-RELEASE-amd64.img.gz = VGA console
    pfSense-memstick-serial-2.2.6-RELEASE-amd64.img.gz = serial console

    And then install from there to an mSATA or SSD or HDD like you want, this would be a better deal in my eyes.

    WAN = igb0 set to dhcp

    LAN = igb1 set to  GUI on browser always times out

    What browser you where using? Are there any kind of add blocker installed
    and the browser is then not allowing to get connected to this side.
    Or a incompatible browser that is not working well perhaps?
    Try the tiny MS IE browser to get a proper connection.

  • Thanks for the replies:

    image used was pfSense-2.2.6-RELEASE-4g-amd64-nanobsd-vga.img.gz  must have been error in copying it in to txt.

    Did manage to get access the GUI for about 3 weeks but have just moved system from US to UK and on start it had reverted back to no GUI

    Browser is Firefox as i am only using  Linux (script & Add blockers off)

    What I discovered was the system seems to be fussy over the USB stick used could never get the Lexar to work but the Scandisk worked to start with but now it wont.

    I spent hours setting up the system and need to amend various bits but no GUI or any way of working out why its not connecting especially as its pinging ok And, other than ping there seems little else available to check out.

    I did want to use a 60gb pro SSD but didnt use it as opinion seems to be that SSDs will fail very quickly and using a mechanical drive in a low power, low profile system seemed self defeating.

    Anyways, without the GUI its pretty much useless - there is obviously something wrong somewhere .

  • Banned

    So you really think a lousy USB-stick for some 5 bugs will survive a decent Intel/Samsung SSD? Really?

  • @2chemlud:

    So you really think a lousy USB-stick for some 5 bugs will survive a decent Intel/Samsung SSD? Really?

    Thats the question there seems to be no good answer for. I assume that the following is true.

    The nano version does not constantly write to disk and runs on ram  so there is little writing going on. Therefore, drive life is better

    As far as I was aware SSDs have limited write capability - which was why the nano version was devised.

    I'm willing to be convinced otherwise as the full version would be more useful

    I would rather run the full version on the Kingston Pro 60gb SSD I have BUT do not want to be replacing it i 6 to 12 months - a 6GB stick is pennies and having a bunch to plug in on failure is no big deal but $80 for an SSD is not good

    The GUI problem seems to be caused by the fact for some unknown reason (nothing was changed) igb0 switched with igb1 - was attempting to use igb0 as lan when it was wan - no idea how that happened as the outputs were photoed and put back right.
    Now seems to be ok

  • Long and short (feel free to search the forums, Google, what have you to verify this).

    A modern quality SSD is going to last you on the order of 7+ years no matter what you ask pfSense to do to it.

    The worst case scenario is a a small (<60GB) SSD with Snort or Suricata hammering at it constantly for 150 users 24/7.
    Still going to get multi years (I claim 7+) before things get  close to dicey.
    Anything less intensive will probably outlast the scenario you start with.

    Stick with the SSD, and take the weekly backups you were going to need with the USB anyway.

    Just my $.02

  • Thanks for your input.

    I searched most of whats available which was why I went with the nano install

    In terms of reliability the choice between regular small mechanical HD, SSD or USB seemed to be one that the SSD was more vulnerable tho I couldn't work out if that was for old SSDs as a lot of the info was quite old.

    I have a Kingston 60Gb KC300 which was bought to run pfsense - I only went with the USB because after reading what was available: it seemed that SSDs could die in a short time.

    Things like power failure during write seemed to be problematic as I'm not going to be using UPS

    I'm only going to be running for 5 or 6 users at a time with 1 or 2 VPNs and a clear net and 2 wireless access points  so not a large overhead.

    It would be interesting to start a post for real experience on reliability VS HD type and usage  to get this info in one place.

  • The mfg. warranty for that SSD is three years.

    Make sure you take backups and let 'er rip.

    How badly could you lose with three years of guaranteed drive life? (I'll bet it's closer to 7+, my previous guesstimate and could be much more)

  • I guess you're prob right there !

    I would be interested to see a review of reliability over time for memory sticks; SSDs; and various HDs  - most of the SSD failure complaints seem to be old and they appear to be improved recently.

  • My gut tells me both technologies have improved (and continue, I'm waiting for Nantero to reveal a commercial version of their product - exciting possibilites).

    Any rough analysis will tell you a USB stick will never outperform/outlast a SSD if their from the same generation.

    The SSD is supposed to be hard drive storage for laptops/desktops/servers, etc.
    The USB stick is supposed to be convenient storage you can carry around and plug into various things.

    There's lots of overlap in their design criteria, but there's differences in their intended usage which makes SSD what you want for a pfSense box.

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