Pi-Hole Debian setup on VMware

So personally I don’t have any raspberry PIs. Just have 3 big VMware servers. So I decided to setup a PI-hole server for my network using a supported linux distro that PI-hole said it supported.

So here’s the results. For me it took 3 attempts to do it simply.

  • Ubuntu 18.04 – Had trouble with the network connection. After setup I couldn’t ping anything outside my network and dns didn’t appear to work.
  • Centos 7 – Couldn’t access the web interface.
  • Debian 9.5 – Was the choice that worked with minimal effort.

So here’s how it was done.

  • First I did an install of debian 9.5.0 from a net install iso. I gave the virtual machine 1 core of 1 processor and 2 gigs of ram
  • As far as the debian install I did the most basic install possible because for me the only thing this machine is going to do is function as a PI-hole.
  • After debian completed it’s install I had to install curl by doing.
apt-get install curl
    • Then once it was installed I did.
curl -sSL https://install.pi-hole.net | bash
  • Then I just went through the setup prompts of PI-hole, which are pretty self explanatory.

And that was pretty much it. After this everything works and is pretty much ready to be set up to your liking.