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Does anyone know if you are able to setup smooth wall as a VM running on ESXi ? I ...
30th April 2012, 04:47 PM #1
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Smooth wall on VMware
Does anyone know if you are able to setup smooth wall as a VM running on ESXi ? I am new to smooth wall and if I can avoide it, I don't want to put it on a physical box.
30th April 2012, 05:17 PM #2
You certainly can.
Yes, all Smoothwall products can run on VMware. Please bear the following in mind:
- Setup a generic Linux kernel 2.6 32bit OS VM for your Smoothwall install.
- Make sure you create a large enough disk and and allocate enough memory if the Smoothwall product is running the Guardian web filtering software. Have a look at this article to get an idea of how much logging data the Guardian system will generate.
- Guardian reporting can put quite a stress on the disk subsystem. Since a virtualised server will likely be running multiple servers it may be an idea to setup an external system to handle the report generation to preserve resources on the virtualised system.
- On VMware ESXi Server or workstation install please use the e1000 NIC network card device.
Last edited by Arthur; 30th April 2012 at 05:18 PM.
30th April 2012, 06:35 PM #3
Yep - we do it here and it seems to work just as well if not better.
30th April 2012, 06:52 PM #4
As others have said yes plus it is fully supported. It is not support on Hyper-V
30th April 2012, 10:46 PM #5
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Great, thanks for all your feedback!
1st May 2012, 12:13 AM #6
Yup - Are you running it as just a web-filter right? I wouldn't recommend putting it as a VM if you are using as firewall as well (without dedicated nics, vswitches etc).
There is a Vmware tools support option to install somewhere along the line.
1st May 2012, 11:19 AM #7
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But they will help you get it going under Hyper-V (or that's what I was told when I asked them....)
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