Reinstalling pfSense Plus Software¶
Please open a TAC ticket to request access to the Plus firmware by selecting Firmware Access as the General Problem and then select Netgate 6100 for the platform. Make sure to include the serial number in the ticket to expedite access.
Once the ticket is processed, the latest stable version of the firmware will be attached to the ticket, with a name such as:
pfSense® Plus is preinstalled on Netgate appliances, which is optimally tuned for Netgate hardware and contains features that cannot be found elsewhere, such as ZFS Boot Environments, OpenVPN DCO, and the AWS VPC Wizard.
Write the image to a USB memstick.
Locating the image and writing it to a USB memstick is covered in detail under Writing Flash Drives.
Connect to the console port of the Netgate device.
Insert the memstick into an open USB port and boot the system.
If the system does not automatically boot from USB, restart the device again and press
F2when prompted to start the boot selection menu, then select the USB drive.
After a minute the pfSense® Plus loader menu will be displayed with a 3 second timer. Either allow the menu to timeout or press
1(the default) to continue.
Choose one of the console type options the installer offers for serial console installation.
The default option is
vt100, which should work for most. Choose the correct console output most compatible with the serial client.
Please choose the appropriate terminal type for your system. Common console types are: ansi Standard ANSI terminal vt100 VT100 or compatible terminal xterm xterm terminal emulator (or compatible) cons25w cons25w terminal
vt100is the most widely compatible type, the
cons25wconsole type is likely easier to read. Similarly, the
xtermoption renders well on GNU
screenand many popular terminals.
Read the Copyright and distribution notice displayed by the installer. Press
Enterto accept the terms of the agreement.
The installer will automatically launch and present several options. On Netgate firewalls, choosing
Enterfor the default options will complete the installation process.
Options such as the type of disk partition can be modified through this installation if required.
For more information on the available choices during this process, see the Installation Walkthrough.
If there is an existing installation on this device, the
Recover config.xmloption will attempt to mount the existing installation drive and copy the previous configuration, including SSH keys. Choose that option first, then proceed through the install as usual.
Once the installer is finished, choose
Enterto skip going to a shell.
The installer will then prompt to Reboot. Select Reboot and press
Enter. The device will shutdown and reboot.
Dec 21 22:41:37 Waiting (max 60 seconds) for system process `vnlru` to stop... done Waiting (max 60 seconds) for system process `syncer` to stop... Waiting (max 60 seconds) for system process `bufdaemon` to stop... done All buffers synced. Uptime: 5m43s umass0: detached
Remove the USB drive from the USB port.
If the USB drive remains attached, the system will boot into the installer again because by default the system firmware is configured so that a device plugged into the USB port will be booted with a higher priority.
For information on restoring from a previously saved configuration, go to Backup and Restore.
If this device contains multiple disks, such as when adding an SSD to an existing system which previously used MMC, additional steps may be necessary to ensure the device boots from and uses the correct disk. Furthermore, having separate installations of the software on different disks is a known source of problems. For example, the kernel could boot from one disk while the root filesystem is loaded from another, or they could contain conflicting ZFS pools.
In some cases it is possible to adjust the BIOS boot order to prefer the new disk, but the best practice is to wipe the old disk to remove any chance of the previous installation causing boot issues or conflicts.
For information on how to wipe the old disk, see Multiple Disk Boot Issues.