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[Solved] install pfSense from an USB-Stick
« on: March 18, 2010, 04:34:40 pm »
Heyho,

just want to share my solution for this issue.

it tooked me about 3 hours but
finally i got pfsense installed on my new itx machine.

Here is what i did:

Step 1: Download Multiboot USB ISO

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-iso-from-usb-flash-drive/
and use it  ;)

Step 2: copy the pfSense.iso onto the stick

Step 3: update the menu.lst as follows...

 title pfSense 1.2.3
 find --set-root /pfSense.iso
 map /pfSense.iso (hd32)
 map --hook
 root (hd32)
 chainloader (hd32)

Step 4: extract the pfSense.iso to the stick (this is needed because Multiboot emulates an cdrom which isnt present when the boot routine checks the hardware)

Step 5: boot from the stick. if grub does not show up the list with the iso just type >find --set-root /menu.lst press escape to return to the list and press enter

you also can type the following  commands in the grub console for booting the iso manualy

>find --set-root /pfSense.iso
>map /pfSense.iso (hd32)
>map --hook
>root (hd32)
>chainloader (hd32)
>boot

now pfSense should boot

Step 6: as described in step 4 the boot loader cant take notice of the emulated cdrom so you have to mount your usb stick manualy

just type msdosfs:da2 (or whatever your devicename is. you can check by typing ?)

finally the install routine schould start

i hope this will help somebody to save some time!

greetz

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Re: [Solved] install pfSense from an USB-Stick
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 04:20:13 am »

just type msdosfs:da2 (or whatever your devicename is. you can check by typing ?)
i hope this will help somebody to save some time!

greetz

It helps THANK YOU

about the mount, as it's contained on a partition, it should be, at least for me:

Code: [Select]
msdosfs:da0s1
da0 for the first USB device and s1 for the first slice/partition in that USB device.

Greetz :)

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Re: [Solved] install pfSense from an USB-Stick
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011, 12:56:15 pm »
For folks hitting this old thread from Google, read this sticky post instead:
http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,28264.0.html
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