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** Create a 8GB primary disk, Virtio (scsi, qcow2)
 
** Create a 8GB primary disk, Virtio (scsi, qcow2)
 
** Add pfSense-LiveCD-2.2-RELEASE-amd64.iso ISO as an optical drive
 
** Add pfSense-LiveCD-2.2-RELEASE-amd64.iso ISO as an optical drive
** Options, '''use tablet for pointers''' (you don't have to use mouse to manage it, if disabled reduces interrupts)
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** Options, '''use tablet for pointers: No''' (you don't have to use mouse to manage it, if disabled reduces interrupts)
 
==Network Virtio consideration==
 
==Network Virtio consideration==
 
In the guest network interfaces names are like 'vtnetX'
 
In the guest network interfaces names are like 'vtnetX'
  
 
'''IMPORTANT:''' Enter the web GUI and go in System > Advanced > Networking and flag '''Disable hardware checksum offload'''. If you don't do it layer3 traffic from lan to wan will not work, or will be really slow (but traffic to/from the firewall will work fine).
 
'''IMPORTANT:''' Enter the web GUI and go in System > Advanced > Networking and flag '''Disable hardware checksum offload'''. If you don't do it layer3 traffic from lan to wan will not work, or will be really slow (but traffic to/from the firewall will work fine).

Revision as of 15:14, 3 March 2015

Tweaks and tips for better performance with pfSense >= 2.2 on Proxmox >= 3.4.

Note: This has been tested with pfSense 2.2 and Proxmox 3.4 (qemu 2.1)

Create VM

  • Download the pfSense 2.2 amd64 "Live CD with installer" ISO .gz (from here), extract (gunzip) and transfer the ISO to your Proxmox server.
  • Create a new VM:
    • CPU: dual-socket or dual-core
      • IMPORTANT: cpu type 'default kvm64' works, but if pfSense does not boot try 'qemu64' instead.
    • RAM: 512 MB (minimum)
    • Network: 2 or more Virtio (bridged)
    • Create a 8GB primary disk, Virtio (scsi, qcow2)
    • Add pfSense-LiveCD-2.2-RELEASE-amd64.iso ISO as an optical drive
    • Options, use tablet for pointers: No (you don't have to use mouse to manage it, if disabled reduces interrupts)

Network Virtio consideration

In the guest network interfaces names are like 'vtnetX'

IMPORTANT: Enter the web GUI and go in System > Advanced > Networking and flag Disable hardware checksum offload. If you don't do it layer3 traffic from lan to wan will not work, or will be really slow (but traffic to/from the firewall will work fine).