Grafana: Creating a Dashboard for pfSense

In the previous article I went over how to setup Grafana and InfluxDB. In this one, I’ll be going over how to make use of them to have a dashboard that show metrics from a pfSense firewall.

Going forward I will assume that you have Grafana and InfluxDB configured as described in the previous article, that the pfsense database exists in Influx, and that you have a working pfSense installation.

pfSense

I am going to start by setting up Telegraf on pfSense to send data to the Influx database. Thankfully, Netgate and Influx provide a package that allows us to install and configure Telegraf from the web interface. So on pfSense, go to System -> Package Manager -> Available Packages and search for Telegraf.

Installing the Telegraf package


The install should be pretty quick. Once it finishes, there will be a new option in the Service dropdown. So to configure Telegraf, select it from that list.

There are several fields of interest here, so here is what I set each important section to:

Enable: check
Telegraf Output: InfluxDB
InfluxDB Server: http://10.0.2.20:8086
InfluxDB Database: pfsense
InfluxDB Username: pftelegraf
InfluxDB Password: pfsense telegraf password
HAProxy: check


Once you have Telegraf configured to match your Influx setup, hit Save. That should automatically have Telegraf start sending data (you can double check by going to the Services tab under the Status dropdown).

Now that Telegraf is sending data for us to use, we can go on to setting up the dashboard.

The Dashboard

One of the best parts of Grafana is the large community of people publishing dashboards for everyone to use. You can search through them here. For this article, I will be using this one by mhaluska.

To add a dashboard from the community, go to your Grafana web page and hover over the large + on the side bar, then click Import. On the page that opens, we can either paste in the JSON of a dashboard, or enter a dashboard ID. Enter 10095 in the ID section.

There’s a bit of dashboard specific configuration that needs to be done. In this case, the WAN interface for pfSense. Mine is an oVirt VM, so for me the interface is em0.

Dashboard configuration


If everything went as it should, then the end result should be a dashboard that looks something like the following:

The pfSense dashboard that we imported and configured
pfSense dashboard


I hope this article was helpful! If you have any questions or input, feel free to leave a comment below. The same goes for if you have any requests for future articles.



About: Bailey Kasin

I build virtual environments and challenges for Cybersecurity students to complete as a way to gain experience before graduating and entering the workforce.


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