7th December 2021

How to Install Firewall Pfsense on Vmware?

Previous “What is Firewall Pfsense? What are its Features?” You can read our article. We will be performing the pfsense installation virtually on VMware Workstation.

Download Firewall Pfsense

You can get the software and files during the installation from the links below.

  • Pfsense download link:

https://www.pfsense.org/download/

Below is the schematic of the scenario that we will install.

PFSense schematic of the scenario
PFSense schematic of the scenario

 

Firewall Pfsense Installation on VMware

If you have not made any special settings in your current ADSL internet structure, it is configured to automatically distribute IP addresses to your devices on the network via the DHCP server on your ADSL modem. For this reason, you do not need to give any IP address to the WAN connection of the device you will install Pfsense. In other scenarios, you may need to manually configure the IP address. Since Pfsense will divide your current structure into different subnets as I have shown with red (WAN) and blue (LAN) colours in the diagram above, you need to activate the DHCP service over Pfsense and create a different IP subnet for the LAN section.

Before installing Pfsense, we configure our network as follows from the “Virtual Network Editor” page.

Edit -> Virtual Network Editor
Edit -> Virtual Network Editor
Virtual Network Editor
Virtual Network Editor

 

First of all, we will create a virtual machine to install pfsense on Vmware Workstation. For this, we click on “New Virtual Machine Wizard” from the “File >> New Virtual Machine” menu.

New Virtual Machine
New Virtual Machine

 

On the “New Virtual Machine Wizard” screen, select “Typical” and click the “Next” button.

New Virtual Machine Wizard
New Virtual Machine Wizard

 

On the “Guest Operating System Installation” page, we select the “I will install the operating system later” section at the bottom.

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Guest Operating System Installation
Guest Operating System Installation

 

On the “Select a Guest Operating System” page, in the “Guest operating system” section, we select the “Other” tab. In the “Version” section, we select the “FreeBSD 11 64-bit” tab.

Select a Guest Operating System
Select a Guest Operating System

 

On the “Name the Virtual Machine” page, we enter the name of the machine we will install in the “Virtual machine name” section. In the “Location” section, we choose where to install this machine.

Name the Virtual Machine
Name the Virtual Machine

 

On the “Specify Disk Capacity” page, we enter the capacity of the disk.

Specify Disk Capacity
Specify Disk Capacity

 

It shows the setting of the installation to be made on the “Ready to Create Virtual Machine” page. Here we click on “Customize Hardware“.

Ready to Create Virtual Machine
Ready to Create Virtual Machine

 

In the “Hardware Type” window that opens, click the “Add..” button at the bottom left, select the “Network Adapter” option and say “Finish“. We made the ram capacity 1 GB. You can increase the capacity you want.

Hardware Type
Hardware Type

 

We added two as Network Adapter. For network access, we chose one of the “NAT” and the other “Bridged“.

Network Adapter
Network Adapter

 

From the “Use ISO image file” section, we select the Pfsense iso.

Use ISO image file
Use ISO image file

 

After making the settings, we start to set up our PFSense machine.

PFSense machine
PFSense machine

 

After starting our PFSense machine, the installation continues as follows.

installation
installation

 

On this page, we click on the “Accept” button.

Accept
Accept

 

On the “Welcome to pfSense” page, we click the “OK” button.

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Welcome to pfSense
Welcome to pfSense

 

You can make your own selection on the “Keymap Selection” page. We continue by clicking the “Select” button.

Keymap Selection
Keymap Selection

 

We click the “OK” button on the page “How would you like to partition your disk“.

How would you like to partition your disk
How would you like to partition your disk?

 

The process continues on the “Fetching Distribution” page.

Fetching Distribution
Fetching Distribution

 

On the “Manual Configuration” page, we click the “No” button.

Manual Configuration
Manual Configuration

 

We restart our machine by clicking the “Reboot” button on the “Complete” page.

Reboot
Reboot

 

After the machine restarts, we select the “2” option to adjust the Pfsense settings and press the enter key. We select “2” to set the “LAN” network.

LAN network
LAN network

 

On this page, we enter the Pfsense ip.

Pfsense ip
Pfsense ip

 

In the next step, we enter the IPv4 subnet. After entering, we press the enter key.

IPv4 subnet
IPv4 subnet

 

In this step, we leave it blank by pressing the enter key in the part that says “For a LAN, press enter for none“.

For a LAN, press enter for none
For a LAN, press enter for none

 

In this step, it asks us to enter an IPv6 address, and we leave this step blank by pressing the enter key.

IPv6 address
IPv6 address

 

Here, it asks us if you want to activate the DHCP server on the LAN, we do not accept the activation by pressing the “n” key here. Press enter and continue.

DHCP server
DHCP server

 

WebConfigurator asks if you want http to set the protocol. We finish the installation by pressing the “n” key.

WebConfigurator
WebConfigurator

 

Our configuration process is finished and as it says in the picture below, we can now enter the web configuration page with our 192.168.1.100 IP address.

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configuration process is finished
The configuration process is finished

 

We choose the “Network Adapter” of our Windows 10 machine as “Bridged” to go to the web configuration page.

Network Adapter
Network Adapter

 

Finally, we log in to the web configuration page with the address “https://192.168.1.100“. Enter “admin” as “username“. We enter “pfsense” as “Password“.

web configuration page
web configuration page
web configuration page
web configuration page

 

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