I was looking at creating a home firewall running pfSense (as I could not get IPCop to boot properly on my hardware). Doing a little research, however, I have some concerns with installing it onto an SSD.
I would like to use an SSD as the drive for this home firewall machine for the reduced noise level and less mechanical/moving parts (it's also a fanless build, so essentially there are none!). With normal firewall logging enabled there will be too many writes to the SSD and it will reduce the life of the drive significantly, which is not something I wish to do.
I looked through some various other forums and read somewhere that the pfSense NanoBSD install is perfect for CF or SSD installs as it essentially removes disk writes (with the exception of needed writes) and has everything run from RAM.
Has anyone used pfSense NanoBSD on an SSD, and would it be a viable option? Would this build still reduce the life factor of my SSD greatly?
Also, if this is a viable option, is there a way I can get the .gz file to write to a USB drive and boot/install it from that to the SSD (I have no disk drive on this machine).
Finally, if this installation does work, is there a way to get logging to store to a separate drive if I wanted to (such as a USB attached 320GB WD MyPassport drive)?
Thank you for your time!