Alix to APU Upgrade



  • I am upgrading my pfSense box from Alix to APU1D4.

    Is there more to it than simply moving the SD card from the Alix to the APU
    and powering it up?

    Anything I should watch out for?

    MV



  • I am upgrading my pfSense box from Alix to APU1D4.

    There are some other actual threads are insite of this forum that are explaining it much more
    well as I could do it, so I would suggest you to get more informations out of this threads with
    success story.

    Is there more to it than simply moving the SD card from the Alix to the APU
    and powering it up?

    This could be one way but didn´t work for others! The interfaces were renamed at the APU
    so they are not more called re0 but more vr0, so the best way is that you do a fresh and full
    install on the APU board and then you do a config backup from the ALIX board and edit the
    config.xml file or better a copy from this to work on, and then you might be only renaming
    the NIC interfaces likes used on the APU board.

    Anything I should watch out for?

    Other threads with the same problem and a success story by editing the config backup .xml file.

    • full and fresh install (amd64)
    • if a mSATA is in usage enable TRIM support
    • please activate the PowerD (hi adaptive) function


  • Alix has a CF, APU has an SD. So you can't move the card.
    Load a fresh SD with nano x64 and restore the config. It should prompt you to re-assign the interfaces. If it doesn't take for some reason, you can re-assign from the console after it reboots. You may need to change the serial rate in pfsense to match the console, or vise-versa. If you enabled glxsb, be sure to disable it on the APU.



  • Thanks BlueKobold and dotdash.

    Clearly I had not thought this through :-(

    Any way to preserve active leases across the upgrade?

    MV



  • Any way to preserve active leases across the upgrade?

    What kind of leases you want to swap over? DHCP leases I really don´t know why, a reconnection
    will be done in some milliseconds and then all clients get a new IP address and thats it. Or did you
    mean leases for a captive portal or whatever?



  • I mean DHCP leases. Would prefer for clients to keep the same IP address across the upgrade.

    Presumably the clients will request their current address when they try to renew.

    [Edit] On second thought, relying on this is fragile and I only have one client that cares,
    so probably best to fix the issue instead.

    MV



  • If there's only one (or few) clients that care, perhaps that's a candiate for a Static DHCP lease?



  • And don't forget that APUs are x64 capable and should run 64bit images.
    ALIX was 32bit i386 only.
    But that doesn't alter anything when restoring your ALIX config to an APU install.



  • divsys,

    Thanks. There is indeed only one client with "brain dead" applications
    that can't handle a change in IP address. I've moved it to a static lease.

    jahonix,

    Thanks for pointing that out. I will indeed use the amd64 embedded image.

    MV