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Easy question: Will Smoothwall run in a VM?


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I'm looking at virtualizing my home network and getting down to 2 physical servers from a total of 5 right now.

I tore my whole network down, with the exception of the basic DSL router, 1 pc, and my laptop, while I configure all of this.

What I'd like to know is if I can move my smoothwall from a physical box, which is currently an AMD 500mhz processor and 128mb RAM, with 2 100m nics, to one of my servers. The 2 I'm going to run full-time are multi-processor, 3gb RAM each, and are Gigabit compliant. Not that the Gig is a big deal since the Smoothwall is basically the internet pipe only, but it would be nice to eliminate one more physical machine.

Has anyone tried this?

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I'm looking at virtualizing my home network and getting down to 2 physical servers from a total of 5 right now.

I tore my whole network down, with the exception of the basic DSL router, 1 pc, and my laptop, while I configure all of this.

What I'd like to know is if I can move my smoothwall from a physical box, which is currently an AMD 500mhz processor and 128mb RAM, with 2 100m nics, to one of my servers. The 2 I'm going to run full-time are multi-processor, 3gb RAM each, and are Gigabit compliant. Not that the Gig is a big deal since the Smoothwall is basically the internet pipe only, but it would be nice to eliminate one more physical machine.

Has anyone tried this?

It will run. I worry about running a firewall as an application though, cause really that's what it becomes when running in a vm. In my opinion it would be better to just pick up an older low power laptop, or mini-itx machine to run the firewall as a dedicated box.

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It will run. I worry about running a firewall as an application though, cause really that's what it becomes when running in a vm. In my opinion it would be better to just pick up an older low power laptop, or mini-itx machine to run the firewall as a dedicated box.

http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/47

Yup, they already did all the work for you.

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