OVH Community, your new community space.

pfSense VPS on ESXi

07-05-2011, 18:56
@ DJP - I'd be interested how you get on with this.

I have IPCop runing as a VM in Proxmox, but limiting factor for me here is it's inability to support multiple WANS.

03-05-2011, 13:25
I am going to give this another shot following this guide:

20-08-2010, 11:24
Hello All.

I have the same problem. I tried posting to the pfsense forum too but had no joy there.,27205.0.html

I too have tried all of the above suggestions.

I hope someone can help.

16-08-2010, 13:38
I am still no further with this project, does pfSense or any other router work on a VM in ESXi with a public IP and a gateway on a different network with a subnet that does not match?

13-08-2010, 16:25
I just tried to get help from the OVH network people, but am told that its hard to get them interested as what I am trying to do is not supported (what exactly is supported I wonder?).
Before I walk from OVH, this is a last call for help from anyone who may have cracked making a router with a public IP (failover) on the outside.

Many Thanks

11-08-2010, 22:53
Hi Myatu
I tried the explicit route with no joy. In shell I am trying
Route add 188.xx.xx.254/32
and it reports
route: bad address: 188.xx.xx.254/32
Hope you have more ideas as I have been fresh out for a while now.

Many thanks for your help.

Best Regards


11-08-2010, 22:34
Hi Myatu
I still can not ping the ESXi host ip from the pfSense VM, but cant see how to add a specific route. You have a Destination Network with a choice of 1 to 32 for the subnet and a gateway address with no subnet. I have tried rputing the VM ip to the gateway and still I can not even ping the ESXi host. Can you give nme any more clues please?
All help gratefully recieved.

Best Regards


11-08-2010, 22:31
Right, just the bit I can't remember of the top of my head I do believe I managed this from the shell, as you can't leave the gateway empty although you could try anyway (or try a self-reference, so network 188.xx.xx.254/32 and gw of 188.xx.xx.254 - as long as it's on the WAN).

11-08-2010, 22:02
Hi Myatu
It doesnt work without the explicit route, how do I add that?

Best Regards


11-08-2010, 21:52
My bad, 1 it is (not zero)

11-08-2010, 21:50
Hi Myatu
I tried to do this earlier but there is a dropdown for the subnet with no zero only a choice of 1 to 32.

Best Regards


11-08-2010, 21:29
You do this within pfSense itself. It's System > Static Routes. Then click on the + on your right hand side to add a new route to the WAN adapter. So Network, Gateway; for pfSense it should be enough AFAICR, but you may have to add an explicit route to on the same WAN interface as well.

11-08-2010, 17:34
Still cant get it to work. Added the route to the VMhost as follows

esxcfg-route -a

No change. Still cant ping the host IP of from the pfSense vm on

Is this what you meant?

11-08-2010, 16:02
Thanks for the info, but how do I do that? Everytime I try entering the route via shell, it doesnt like the gateway address and I cant find a way of doing this via the GUI.

Doh! Just realised you mean on the ESXi host. Trying that now.

10-08-2010, 21:20
You have to add a default route ( on the WAN adapter / gateway.

10-08-2010, 17:51
I have the same question regarding pfSense. I have installed as a guest on ESXi using a failover IP for the WAN and a for the LAN. I have the gateway set to the ESXi Host IP but ending in 254.
It all installs fine, I can ping the LAN but nothing on the outside.
Has anyone got past this stage?

28-07-2010, 15:21
we've never tried but if you want to install that to run in ESXi, you have to consider that it's a very specific OS, and it'll have to be compatible. Good luck with that!

28-07-2010, 11:55
Has anyone had any luck getting pfSense to work as a host on ESXi using a failover IP?

I have followed the BSD bridge guide but since pfSense does its config via a web interface that generates an .xml file I havent been able to get it working.

WAN interface is failover IP/32
Gateway is ESX server main IP ending in .254

Do I have to add any routes?