This will allow us to keep the virtual test-lab environment separate from my home production environment while still allowing full internet access to/from our virtual machines.
Keep an eye out for the 2013 version of this series titled: Building the Ultimate VirtualBox Lab
How to Install pfSense in VirtualBox
In this video of the “How to setup a virtual lab environment” video series, join me in the installation process of pfSense in Virtualbox. Take special note of the VBox network settings for pfSense.
We create 2 network adapters; 1 configured for Bridged (WAN), and 1 configured for Internal (LAN).
Take note that if you have troubles with the network not working, you might need go into your VirtualBox network settings for pfSense and click on the Advanced drop-down. Then, try selecting a different adapter type. This allowed me to use em0 and em1 for my network adapters within pfSense. On a different physical computer that I set this up on, I had to switch these settings in order to get it to work.
Also, after you have the networking configured where you can ping the pfSense box from another virtual machine using the LAN interface, connect to the web interface from a vm and run through the Setup Wizard. You want to make sure you add in the gateway address (typically should be your home’s router IP address). This will tell pfSense where to send all of the traffic.
Links for the ISO downloads
- Windows Server 2012 RC: Download
- Windows 8 Release Preview: Download
- pfSense: Download
- 7zip (to extract the pfSense .gz download): Download