PIX Active/Standby Cable Failover with zero downtime?

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We have a pair of 515e's with cable based failover running 8.0(2).

Apparently in the past when one of the PIX's was turned off the failover was almost instant, recently it's taken about 30 secs.  Any idea what could be wrong.

'show xlate' on the stanbdby shows that it's getting stateful connections.

There have been no significant changes to the or upgrades, just new a few new servers/services added.

Any help appreciated,


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Jennifer Halim Wed, 04/28/2010 - 06:01
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Here is the default failover timeout on PIX:

- unit failover: poll time: 15 seconds with hold time of 45 seconds:


- interface failover: poll time: 5 seconds with hold time 5 times the poll time: 25 seconds --> which is approximately 30 seconds:


Jennifer Halim Wed, 04/28/2010 - 06:16
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You are right. No, if it detects that the other unit is powered off, it should automatically fail over. Maybe the serial cable is faulty.


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