Deploy pfSense VMware vSphere as a virtual machine step-by-step

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Deploy pfSense VMware vSphere as a virtual machine step-by-step

Deploy pfSense VMware vSphere as a virtual machine step-by-step

The open source firewall solution known as pfSense is a very popular solution to deploy in the home lab or even for enterprise use. It contains many great features that allow meeting the challenges and needs of many enterprise customers and home lab use cases.

Running pfSense as a virtual machine is a great way to take advantage of the solution without a dedicated appliance to run pfSense. It allows simply running your pfSense firewall solution as a virtual machine along with your other workloads in the environment.

In this Deploy pfSense VMware vSphere walkthrough, we will see how you can easily install pfSense in a VMware vSphere virtual machine. In general, the steps will also work for a VMware Workstation installation.

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Introduction – 0:00
Downloading the pfSense installation ISO – 0:45
Uploading the ISO to your VMware vSphere datastore – 2:04
Creating the VMware vSphere virtual machine to house pfSense – 2:51
Customizing the virtual machine hardware for pfSense – 4:05
Add a new network adapter to the VM for WAN/LAN – 5:01
Changing the storage controller for pfSense – 6:00
Configuring the ISO for booting the pfSense virtual machine – 6:40
Powering on the pfSense virtual machine – 7:30
Beginning the installation of pfSense – 7:45
Rebooting the pfSense VM – 8:35
Starting the text-based initial configuration – 8:55
Configuring VLANs – 9:25
Selecting the WAN interface – 9:45
Selecting the LAN interface – 10:00
Initial configuration is complete, IPs are configured – 10:20
Logging into the WebConfigurator wizard – 10:58
Beginning the WebConfigurator wizard and configuring options – 11:25
WAN connection configuration – 12:15
LAN connection configuration – 12:35
Initial configuration reloaded and finishing the WebConfigurator -13:00
Logging into the dashboard for the first time and adding widgets – 13:15
Adding the Traffic graph to the pfSense dashboard – 13:40
Concluding thoughts and wrap up – 14:20

Take a look at my detailed blog post on how to deploy pfSense VMware:

Deploy pfSense VMware step-by-step

Running a virtual firewall vs a physical firewall:

Virtual firewall vs Physical firewall in the home lab

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