Unfortunately, pfSense 2.1 doesn't include the required drivers, so we're still stuck with Legacy NICs. :( Oh, well...
So, if you want to configure a pfSense Hyper-V 2012 R2 guest, you'll have to stick with the 100Mbps limitation of the Legacy NICs and a little bit of time synchronization funkiness due to the Hyper-V Host CPUs entering into low power mode and pfSense not handling this all that well, resulting in a number of "calcru: runtime went backwards" error messages. :(
So, at this point in time pfSense 2.1 works adequately for a testing environment under Hyper-V, but I wouldn't recommend using it for a production environment.
- The latest pfSense is available from: http://mirror.optus.net/pub/pfSense/downloads/ - choose the LiveCD-x.y-RELEASE-amd64.iso.gz or LiveCD-x.y-RELEASE-i386.iso.gz file, check its checksum after downloading, and extract the ISO image
- Create a Gen 1 Hyper-V Guest with one CPU, 512MB RAM, 2 * Legacy NICs (and no Synthetic/native ones) and disable the Time Synchronization option. Make a 5GB or so fixed VHDX file and assign the ISO as the DVD. Boot away
- After the LiveCD boots and the two NICs (de0 and de1 have been assigned), you have the option to install to HDD - take this option and remove the ISO after the install and before the reboot happens
- Ensure the IPs of the two interfaces are configured appropriately. I configured de0 to connect to the physical interface and de1 to connect to a Private Network for the guests inside the pfSense firewall. Check that you can ping 188.8.131.52 from the console.
- Configure a guest on the Private Network, check it can ping 184.108.40.206 and www.google.com
- Hit the pfSense web page from inside the network and configure any options you need.
- On the pfSense console, you may need to type the following to ensure the NICs are restarted properly. This used to be a significant issue with earlier pfSense releases, however it seems to have been fixed in 2.1 - YMMV:
echo "ifconfig de0 down" >> /etc/rc.local
echo "ifconfig de0 up" >> /etc/rc.local
echo "ifconfig de1 down" >> /etc/rc.local
echo "ifconfig de1 up" >> /etc/rc.local
- To try and help a little with the time sync issues, you will likely also need to type:
echo "sysctl kern.timecounter.hardware=TSC" >> /etc/sysctl.conf
- That's pretty much it. You'll have a somewhat functional pfSense Hyper-V guest. It would be nice if the pfSense team had incorporated the Hyper-V drivers - let's hope they actually do this for pfSense 2.2.
The Outspoken Wookie