CSS redundancy box-to-box

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Mar 2nd, 2008

Hello guys,

I'm planning to install 2 redundant load-balancers in a DMZ zone. The CSS units to be installed behind 2 ASA firewalls working in Active/Standby mode. What are the recommendations for these requirements?

1-Do we use the box-to-box redundancy?

2-Do we connect every server to the 2 CSS units with teamed network cards?

3-How does the ASA failover if any of the CSS goes down?

Thanks everybody for you help.


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Gilles Dufour Sun, 03/02/2008 - 04:38

box-to-box redundancy is slot to failover compare to vip/interface redundancy.

Moreover, it prevent the use of ASR - so no stateful failover.

Avoid teamed network card with the CSS.

If you want to use such thing, insert a switch between CSS and server.

Don't know anything about ASA failover. Check with the appropriate forum for ASA questions.


sachinga.hcl Fri, 05/29/2009 - 10:27

Hi Georges,

Here is the URL for the configuration for the Configuring VIP and Virtual IP Interface Redundancy follow the configuration guide which may help you



Configuring Box to box redundancy:


CSS 11500 Active-Active Stateful Failover ASR in One-Armed Mode Configuration Example


Box-to-Box Redundancy on the CSS 11xxx Configuration Example - Ciscowiki


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