Shuttle barebone ds81 dual lan RTL 8111g NICs



  • OK I was thinking of taking a shuttle barebone DS81 combine it with Intel i3 4170 an adequate ssd 
    An run pfsense from a vm as there will be multiple VM in my setup.    I was thinking  the main os/ should be windows server 2012 r2  and from there through the VM hyper-v dedicate pfsense to assign both  lan / vlan    along with a VPN and a freepbx on the same box. Would I be able to assign the physical wan nic(ISP) to pfsense in this scenario using hyper-v/esxi 5.5 as the vm

    This is just my own setup here just looking for the easiest solution to meet my needs
    Shuttle ds81 dual 10/100/1000m RTL 8111g
    CPU Intel i3 4170  picked mainly for AES-NI for VPN
    ssd crucial mx200 250gb

    ISP 100m/20m
    Would this be capable of this type of load for the hardware chosen?



  • @ddarlington36:

    OK I was thinking of taking a shuttle barebone DS81 combine it with Intel i3 4170 an adequate ssd

    The config should be fine.

    @ddarlington36:

    An run pfsense from a vm as there will be multiple VM in my setup.

    Apart from the typical "not to do it in VM" reply, for an i3, I would not recommend VMs. I have tried it and you will not be happy with the response times, unless the other VMs are not too CPU intensive.

    @ddarlington36:

    I was thinking  the main os/ should be windows server 2012 r2  and from there through the VM hyper-v dedicate pfsense to assign both  lan / vlan    along with a VPN and a freepbx on the same box. Would I be able to assign the physical wan nic(ISP) to pfsense in this scenario using hyper-v/esxi 5.5 as the vm

    Doable but, as I said above.. don't expect it to fly

    @ddarlington36:

    This is just my own setup here just looking for the easiest solution to meet my needs
    Shuttle ds81 dual 10/100/1000m RTL 8111g
    CPU Intel i3 4170  picked mainly for AES-NI for VPN
    ssd crucial mx200 250gb

    ISP 100m/20m
    Would this be capable of this type of load for the hardware chosen?

    Capable.. yeah. You can throw SQL Cube configs on it. It would provide you the results.. but not speedy response. You also didn't mention the RAM on it.

    Your config would be good (with 4GB RAM) for a pfSense installed directly on the SSD. For VMs I would recommend at least i5/i7, preferably Xeon with sizable RAM to accommodate the number of VMs you intend to host. Look into vmware rather than Windows VM.


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