Archive for October, 2008

pfSense 1.3 is now 2.0

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

The pfSense version formerly known as 1.3 will be 2.0 going forward. The build system changes, renaming of the board on the forum, etc. will be happening bit by bit over the next week or two. This was done for two reasons.

1. This release brings numerous very significant changes, and going from 1.2 to 2.0 is more indicative of that. The configuration for 2.0 systems is not backwards compatible with 1.2.x, which is another good reason to stress the level of change by bumping the version number.
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pfDNS theme preview

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

As probably not everybody wants to install or has time to install pfDNS I would like to post a screenshot of the work in progress here for those who are interested. Feel free to leave a comment and it might have influence on the final product :-)

Edit: New Screenshot posted (I have made all the suggested changes so far). Keep the feedback coming, I appreciate it!

Appliance building with pfSense – Introducing pfDNS!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

While reworking the builder system for a commercial client that is
basing their appliance on pfSense we needed a builder target that
could be public and show how to build an appliance from scratch.

Therefore, pfDNS is born!



pfDNS is a customized pfSense installation featuring the TinyDNS server package.   Host DNS using this appliance.   XMLRPC sync support to secondary nameservers means you only need to enter the information on the primary name server making administration a breeze for your primary and secondary name servers.  Depending on how popular this gets we might add a website and start making regular releases :)

To see how pfDNS was created, check out

Building this appliance could not be easier!  Simply copy
tools/builder_scripts/builder_profiles/pfDNS/ to
/home/pfsense/tools/builder_scripts/ and run and presto!

I hope this example appliance will help others on their quest when
building a custom appliance based on the pfSense framework.

Edit: updated version available based on FreeBSD 8 and a newer DNS package with a number of bug fixes. 

What do you all think?  Leave comments in the blog.

Also, Holger is working on some artwork that I will get in there soon..  I’ll
post an updated ISO at that point (just look for a newer mtime).

EDIT:artwork added, it is a work in progress but gives a better idea of how the builder system can customize an appliance.

Calling all themers – improving theme support in 1.3

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Work is underway to remove any hard coded theme items!!

If you would like to work on a theme or have worked on a theme in the past and you find something that is hard coded that you cannot change, please e-mail with the hard coded details and we will get that corrected.

pfSense: The Definitive Guide – book status update

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

I mentioned back in July that a book on pfSense will be coming soon. At the time I had hoped it would be published and available for purchase by now, but other things have taken priority much more than I had hoped and anticipated. Now that some things are out of the way, I hope to make significant progress over the next several weeks, making it available for purchase by the end of the year.

pfSense on

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Protect your network with pfSense firewall/router

To address the current status on a couple of the limitations noted – the IPsec and OpenVPN limitations mentioned are already resolved in 1.3, which puts it right on par with enterprise class solutions for those needing the mentioned lacking capabilities in 1.2.x.