Hello, I have a PowerEdge R430 and the specs from Dell say “780-BBPE : Diskless Configuration (No RAID, No Controller)”. It does have dual 8GB SD cards with VMware loaded on it. Here are my questions.
Can I run pfSense with current configuration by using the SD cards?
It has 4 drive bays with SAS connectors. Can I just get some 3rd party drive carriers and install my own disks? I was looking at the Intel Datacenter SSDs. I know I wouldn’t have a RAID controller, but I should still be able to use the motherboard to connect disk drives, right?
I like the idea of virtualizing pfSense in Hyper-V. Not really specific to this build, but does pfSense take performance hit by being virtualized? Could the networking get slowed down? This server has more than enough CPU to handle pfSense on it’s own.