Upgrading pfSense to Version 2.0 Release

Updated on April 17, 2017
skear profile image

Sam works as a Network Analyst for an algorithmic trading firm. He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Information Technology from UMKC.

After three release candidates, pfSense version 2.0 is now officially available. Version 2 has many new features and upgrades that make it much better than previous versions of pfSense.

Some of the notable features in version 2 include improved multi-wan support, an updated traffic shaper, improved VPN support, and many other improvements.The core operating system in 2.0 has also been upgraded to FreeBSD 8.1.

If you are still running version 1.2.x or a release candidate then now is a great time to upgrade. The upgrade process is easy to doesn't take very long to complete. If you don't want to upgrade your system you can always download the installer and reload the system from scratch.

Before You Update

Make a backup

Before you begin the update process I strongly recommend making a backup of the configuration. In the event that the update fails and you need to rebuild the system you can simply restore the config and re-install your packages. Rebuilding the firewall configuration can be both frustrating and time consuming.

Uninstall packages

Before performing the upgrade you should uninstall all of the packages on the system. This step is especially important if you are upgrading from version 1.2.3.

The configuration for the packages will remain on the system, and is also stored in the backup file. if you do not remove the packages there is a possibility one of them may prevent the system from booting after the upgrade. This is a rare occurrence but I have seen it happen so don't take any chances.


Using the Auto Updater

The easiest way to update to version 2.0 is by using the auto updater which is built into pfSense. To access the utility select the firmware option in the system menu.

You should see a message that states " A new version is now available". To start the update process click the auto upgrade button.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Click on firmware in the system menu to access the auto updater.To start the upgrade process click on invoke auto upgrade.PfSense will reboot after the upgrade, the dashboard will let you know if you are running on the most recent release.
Click on firmware in the system menu to access the auto updater.
Click on firmware in the system menu to access the auto updater.
To start the upgrade process click on invoke auto upgrade.
To start the upgrade process click on invoke auto upgrade.
PfSense will reboot after the upgrade, the dashboard will let you know if you are running on the most recent release.
PfSense will reboot after the upgrade, the dashboard will let you know if you are running on the most recent release.

Manually Updating

If you don't want to use the auto updater you can manually upgrade pfSense from the web gui as well. The manual update feature is useful if you want to upgrade to a specific version instead of the latest. The auto updater only allows you to upgrade to the latest release but using the manual method you can upgrade to the version you select.

To use the manual update method you will first need to download the full update file from one of the mirrors.

Make sure to download the update file for your architecture ie: amd64/i386 otherwise the update will fail.

The file I downloaded was pfSense-Full-Update-2.0-RELEASE-i386.tgz since my machine was running the 32 bit version.

To start the update process click on the manual update tab, then click enable firmware upload. Next click the choose file button and select the image file you downloaded from the mirror site.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Click on the manual update tab, then click enable firmware upload.The system will reboot after the upgrade is complete.
Click on the manual update tab, then click enable firmware upload.
Click on the manual update tab, then click enable firmware upload.
The system will reboot after the upgrade is complete.
The system will reboot after the upgrade is complete.

Updating From the Console

The third method of updating pfSense is via the console or SSH. This method is my personal favorite.

To upgrade using the console select option #13 from the console menu. You will then be prompted to update from either a URL or a local file. If you select URL you can enter the URL of the update file, or if you type in "auto" the updater will download the latest version for you.

Once the update has been downloaded the system will automatically verify the MD5 hash of the download. If the file passes the hash check the upgrade will be applied to the system.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Select option 13 to update from the console.The console updater can use a local file or a URL source for the upgrade.Selecting auto will download the latest version automatically.Once the download completes the updater will automatically verify the MD5 hash.After the upgrade is complete pfSense will reboot.
Select option 13 to update from the console.
Select option 13 to update from the console.
The console updater can use a local file or a URL source for the upgrade.
The console updater can use a local file or a URL source for the upgrade.
Selecting auto will download the latest version automatically.
Selecting auto will download the latest version automatically.
Once the download completes the updater will automatically verify the MD5 hash.
Once the download completes the updater will automatically verify the MD5 hash.
After the upgrade is complete pfSense will reboot.
After the upgrade is complete pfSense will reboot.

Finished!

After the upgrade is completed you can re-install your packages and begin enjoying version 2.0! Many of the packages have been updated for pfSense 2.0 and some are completely new all together.

The developers are already working on pfSense version 2.1 which will include several new features, most notably support for IPV6.

Questions & Answers

    © 2011 Sam Kear

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, turbofuture.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://turbofuture.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)