Tutorial: Using VMWare ESXi and PFsense as a network firewall/router

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7 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Packet Loss onESXi 6.5 vm Pfsense 2.3.2 p1. how to solve a problem?

  2. vincent says:

    how to configure pfsense without nat?

  3. sean wingert says:

    Excellent writeup. Thank you!

    Although it’s true that “If, for whatever reason, PFsense dies – your network is offline and you cannot remotely manage it,” you could create a second pfsense instance on the management vsswitch that allows remote management (VPN, ssh, port forward to ESXi vSphere), and you could help secure that connection by only allowing your workstation’s IP address through the pfsense firewall.

    • Jon says:

      Fair point. There are several ways around the deficiency I mentioned but I wanted it to be really clear that if you used this out-of-the-box (as it were), you should beware of the risk.

  4. Jathan Lane says:

    Absolutely fantastic. This is extremely helpful and EXACTLY what i was looking for.

  5. The Thankful One says:

    Absolutely amazing. I was looking exactly for this guide.

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