This article demonstrates the settings required on Windows and pfSense to get a Windows Built-In VPN to work between the two. It’s actually pretty easy. This article is more a confirmation of settings than a guide. Make sure you have the firewall rules configured on the pfSense WAN interface. We’reRead more
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A typical installation for a small business is very similar to a large business, with the only difference being monitoring and high-availability configurations. A typical setup usually involved a Remote Access VPN allowing staff to work from home, GEO filtering to block unnecessary traffic from some countries, and splitting up networks into VLANs.
Some businesses using AWS cloud services will often use pfSense on-premise to facilitate the IPSec VPN between the local and cloud networks.
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I discovered this issue today while upgrading a Netgate 7100 from 22.05 to 23.01. The Reddit page “https://www.reddit.com/r/PFSENSE/comments/mdqyhg/unable_to_check_for_updates_getting_this_error/” discussed this topic too. This is somewhere between a hack and a correction, so make sure to have a backup and a plan for recovery if this all goes bad. The fileRead more
This article shows the process and experience to upgrade the Netgate 3100 to version 23.01. The process started smoothly but I was forced to do a manual power off/on having waited an hour and a half for it to return on its own after the upgrade process was started. OpenVPNRead more
Recently I upgrade the disk of a Netgate 7100 1U firewall appliance. I’ve been looking forward to doing this but was not sure on the success of using a locally purchased (off the shelf) hard disk. The installation process is pretty simple based on the Netgate article here “https://docs.netgate.com/pfsense/en/latest/solutions/xg-7100-1u/m-2-sata-installation.html”. TheRead more
In this article, we’re modifying an existing OpenVPN site-to-site (peer to peer) VPN. We’re aware of the change that will come into effect soon that OpenVPN will no longer support shared keys for site-to-site VPNs. We’re going to modify an existing VPN to use SSL rather than the shared keyRead more
Recently a comment from “carefreepineapple” appears on this blog responding to this article “https://agix.com.au/restore-pfsense-from-backup-using-the-cli-command-line” where the problem differed slightly, and so did the solution. Here’s the solution to restoring a config file from a USB storage device. The idea being that one could copy a config file from a workingRead more
Today I encountered a Netgate pfSense firewall that had firewall rules set, but the rules were not actually applying to passing traffic. The device was a Netgate 6100 running pfSense 22.01. The situation occurred after an unexpected reboot (the UPS ran out of power during a larger power outage). TheRead more
This article discussed the Netgate 2100 VLAN capabilities. We’re not trunking in this article, we’re simply spinning of a single switch-port as a discrete port. Ie, we’ll have one of the 4 switch-ports on a different VLAN. This article “https://docs.netgate.com/pfsense/en/latest/solutions/netgate-2100/switch-overview.html” from Netgate is correct, but: VLAN 1 (the default) seemsRead more
This article discusses the process to Bridge the Ethernet switch with the SFP+ ports on the Netgate 7100 firewall appliance. The process is simple enough but there is amazingly little documentation available to help you through the process. As indicated in the title, we’re going to Bridge ports on theRead more
This article discusses the pfSense Netgate VLAN Trunk configuration. We’re using the Netgate 7100 as the firewall appliance, and a TPLink T2500G-10TS (common and fairly generic) switch to form a Trunk between. We have a computer on each side of the Trunk, each in a different subnet. See the diagramRead more