SG-4860 running "Community Edition"



  • First off, congrats to 2.3! Loving it!
    I was using the Release Candidate versions of 2.3 on my SG-4860 and now upgraded successfully to 2.3 RELEASE. But now I am running "Community Edition" instead of Factory Edition. Do you have a process to migrate from Community to Factory Edition without full rebuild?
    Thanks for all your great work! Loving pfSense and 2.3 great!



  • Backup config –> Reinstall using factory image (ADI memstick image from portal) --> Restore config.

    This worked for me, though I had to use the custom install so that I could select the proper disk to install pfSense onto.  The quick/easy install was overwriting my USB key instead of installing onto eMMC disk.  I believe this is being looked into.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    There is a way to switch, but it's non-trivial and somewhat prone to user error. As macboy6 stated, reinstalling is the easiest path.



  • I had the same thing happen in addition to the updater switching me to the i386 build. My 1 year of support is about 1 month expired. How can I get access to the factory images to perform a fresh install?

    Edit: I got the image through a friend. Why does pfSense block access to the factory images after the support period expires?


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Do you have one at all from when you had access to the images?

    Install it clean, get WAN up, and run an upgrade to 2.3.1.


  • Netgate

    @mindframe:

    Why does pfSense block access to the factory images after the support period expires?

    Why do people believe they have a right to download the image and run it on hardware they didn't purchase from us?



  • @jwt:

    @mindframe:

    Why does pfSense block access to the factory images after the support period expires?

    Why do people believe they have a right to download the image and run it on hardware they didn't purchase from us?

    Yeah obviously nobody wants that to happen, but in this case the inadequate countermeasure made a paying customer go out of his way to obtain a factory image from an unofficial source.

    Maybe there should be a way for customers with expired support to generate a temporary link to download a new image.



  • Just as any other paid or paid support, once the time span has run it's course, thats it. I've run into this more times than I care to announce.
    ie: forum software

    Sure, it can be frustrating, at the same time with pfSense we can still grab the community edition and run the device just as we did with the factory image.



  • @mudmanc4:

    Just as any other paid or paid support, once the time span has run it's course, thats it. I've run into this more times than I care to announce.
    ie: forum software

    Sure, it can be frustrating, at the same time with pfSense we can still grab the community edition and run the device just as we did with the factory image.

    I tried installing several different 64bit 2.3.1 CE images and the installer either wouldn't boot or the resulting install wouldn't boot.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Then you were doing it wrong. CE will install and run on an SG-4860 no problem.


  • Administrator

    Make sure to grab the ADI architecture.



  • @jdillard:

    Make sure to grab the ADI architecture.

    Is the ADI version a specialized CE which will only install on pfSense/Netgate hardware? How does the ADI version differ from the CE?

    I see 3 options on the download page:

    AMD64 (64-bit)
    i386 (32-bit)
    Netgate ADI RCC-VE


  • Administrator

    @oletuv:

    Is the ADI version a specialized CE which will only install on pfSense/Netgate hardware? How does the ADI version differ from the CE?

    Yes, it just has to do with where it looks for the console port (I'm a web developer so not my domain). Which is why he is likely seeing boot issues.


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