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How do I install and configure pfSense on a BladeVPS?

To set up a load balancer or external firewall to use with your VPS-es you can choose to install pfSense on a VPS.

Below you find the steps to set up pfSense:

  • Install pfSense on a separate VPS in the control panel through the option 'Reinstall VPS' by clicking the cogwheel on the page 'BladeVPS'.
  • Choose 'Accept these Settings' when the screen 'Configure console' appears and press ENTER.
  • Select the option 'Quick/Easy Install' and press ENTER.
  • Choose 'OK' and press ENTER again.
  • Select 'Standard Kernel' and finalize your choice with ENTER.
  • The final step is to pick the option 'Reboot' and press ENTER once again.

The VPS will now be rebooted and pfSense is loaded for the final steps of configuration.

  • At the option 'Do you want to set up VLANs now [y|n]?' type 'n' and press ENTER.
  • Insert 'vtnet0' as WAN interface at 'Enter the WAN interface name or 'a' for auto' and press ENTER once more.
  • Beware: When you have linked your VPS to a Private Network you fill in 'vtnet1' at 'Enter the LAN interface name or 'a' for auto'. If you VPS has not been added to a Private Network yet you can suffice by pressing ENTER.
  • Press ENTER again when the option 'Enter the Optional 1 interface name or 'a' for auto-detection' appears.

You will be shown an overview of the interfaces that have been set up and you can confirm this setup by typing 'y' and pressing ENTER.

It is only possible to reach the web GUI of pfSense through the public IP address of your VPS when no LAN interface has been configured. When the LAN interface was set up the GUI is only reachable through the Private Network to which your VPS is added.

Beware: The username and password of the GUI by default are set to specific values (username 'admin' and password 'pfsense'). We advise you to change these credentials directly after logging in to the GUI.

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