Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall Thread, building pFsense on an old Watchguard Firebox. ( Lets see if I can do it) in Technical; Background.
With relation to this thread
And a tip off from "cpjitservices"
I built a Virtual machine to test ...
I built a Virtual machine to test captive portal for our BYOD project.
That worked realy well, however whilst stumbling round the net i came across reference to using pFsense on a Watchguard Firebox....
Fortunatly we had 2 X5500e-Peak and an SSL500 (which is more or less the same platform with different software). These were redundant and taking up space in a pile of stuff behind my desk, so finding a decent use for them was a bonus.
So I am going to try the build and documnet my success/failure for you.
The Firebox is just a Intel Processor based PC board (Custom) the WG boots of a 256MB CF card, so the crux of it is changing the software to pFsense. 1st stumbling block that people have found is that the Firebox Bios is setup so that only a 256MB card will boot and the new image is bigger. So you have to get into the bios ( enabling serial console ) and change some settings.
After taking the case appart (X5500) (photo to follow) I found the CF card that holds the system. On this platform it was hidden under a hardwar VPN expansion card.
I then but this in a PCMCIA -> CF adapter and slotted it in an Ubuntu laptop.
Unlike other guides I decided to try and back up the CF Card first. ( we will see if this works later! ) using the dd command
dd if /dev/sdb of=/home/administrator/pfwork/firebox256.img
(obviously the device needs to be the correct one! /dev/xxxx)
It reported 257MB copied so that sounds reasonable.
and then wrote out the new image which has freedos and the program to update the bios.
dd if=FreeDOSBios.img of=/dev/sdb
which returened 8.2MB Copied
So far so good.
Before continuing I decided to put the image of PFSense on the BIG CF card that would run the new OS, this was so I can swap to an older laptop with Serial ( I could have done it on just one laptop but prefered using "dd" to move the images arround.
PS - If you get chance look on the internet for pfsense home router... you can make some routers actually run pfsense - some of those routers do go on ebay now and again for 30 quid or so, Ideal for those of you with a Cable Internet connection. Usually pfsense works on home routers based on the ALIX hardware. Right now I cant find the link but it's out there somewhere. http://linitx.com/product/12647?gcli...FaTKtAod2jcAag
Last edited by cpjitservices; 20th November 2012 at 10:14 AM.
I built pfsense onto an old appliance - had no problems building it, spent nearly a week trying to configure the bloody thing and eventually gave up and did the routing job I wanted it for with our HP switches...