Problems with config synchronisation on failover unit

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Mar 9th, 2007

Hi - I've recently swapped a PIX 515 with a failover licence for a replacement unit and since then can't get it to synchronise it's config. The licence says "This platform has a Failover Only-Active/Standby (FO) license"

and the message I get in the logs is;

Message #545 : Detected an Active mate

Message #546 : Unable to sync configuration from Active

Message #547 :

Message #548 :

Message #549 : ========================= NOTICE =========================

Message #550 : This platform is licensed to run in

Message #551 : failover secondary mode only

Message #552 : ==========================================================

It's running version 7.2(1) code - Any ideas? Can't find that message anywhere on CCO or google.

Thanks in advance

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vitripat Fri, 03/09/2007 - 10:49

What version is running on the Primary-Active PIX? If the versions are same, did you execute following command on the Secondary-Standby PIX:


Let me know if this helps.



d-fillmore Mon, 03/12/2007 - 07:52

Hi Vibhor - Thanks for your reply, The other PIX is running the same code and has an unrestricted lisence.

The active unit is in a live environment. What do you think that command will achieve?

Thanks, Dom

d-fillmore Tue, 03/13/2007 - 08:12

Thanks Vibhor - There is a line in the config thats says failover, and the output of 'show failover' shows that failover is on.

Something else I've noticed is that the interfaces on the FO unit all say interface down, line protocol up;

Interface config status is active

Interface state is not active

and they all show as waiting in the 'show failover' output;

This host: Secondary - Sync Config

Active time: 0 (sec)

Interface outside ( No Link (Waiting)

Interface inside ( No Link (Waiting)

Interface dmz ( No Link (Waiting)

I'm going to verify that the interfaces are actually plugged into a switch! Do you know if this would affect the ability of the device to sync it's config?

Cheers, Dom


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