pfSense is an open source Software Firewall recognized as one of the most powerful, safe, reliable Firewalls available. In addition to its flawless functionality, its strength lies in the fact that it can be completely configured via a simple, intuitive web interface.
All management is carried out via a website that points directly to the Cloud Server IP with no need to resort to a command-line interface for a more in-depth configuration. However, for more experienced users, it can also be accessed via SSH, which is useful to get "backstage" of the virtual machine, but not necessary for configuring and managing the Firewall.
As well as the Firewall function, pfSense boasts a range of features including:
- Stateful Firewall
- DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) Server
- NAT (Network Address Translation)
- HA (High Availability) - via CARP it is possible to configure two firewalls on two identical Cloud Server Firewalls so that they can replicate each other (pfsync) and replace each other if either one fails
- Load Balancing to distribute the workload between two or more Cloud Servers (very useful for web systems, mail systems and e-commerce systems generally)
- VPN (Virtual Private Network) - option to create and manage IPsec, OpenVPN and PPTP VPN networks.
- RRD graphics and information in real time
- Dynamic DNS
To access the pfSense Cloud Server Firewall all you need to do is sign in via a browser directly to the Public IP address associated with that Cloud Server (e.g.: http://126.96.36.199); this will open a page requesting the administrator username and password.
The administrator username for access is "admin" (not "root" or "administrator").
The password is the one chosen during setup.
It can also be accessed via SSH, with the username "root" and the password chosen during setup.
There are no particular customization options on this template, as this is a standard pfSense installation. Versions of pfSense 2.0 64bit packages; updates of this template will be provided periodically.
For this template the open ports are the following: