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ACS 5.2 HA Question

I have a Task where I have to relocate ACS setup of Primary and Secondary ACS to a new DC, no configuration changes will be done, however, I have to do this with zero downtime.

The plan is move the secondary server first to the new DC, promote the server to Primary, and then move the second server.

As far as I know, the secondary server will be able to receive and process AAA requests with no changes needed, please correct me if I am wrong here.

My question is, when I promote the secondary server to Primary role, will the IP address swap? would it take the IP address of the existing primary server?

I need to make sure if this will happen or not since I am not sure if the wireless infrastructure (the critical service is the wireless) is configured for both ACS IP addresses or not, and I would appreciate you help to understand this better.

Is there any change in the HA/promoting servers behavior between the different 5.x versions? would this be different for a 5.4 setup for example?

Thank you in advance.

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ACS 5.2 HA Question

All versions act almost the same in HA.

If you prompt the secondary to a primary the IP addresses do not swap. Only the server role changes from primary to secondary and vice versa.

Now, you can configure the new AD in the primary and that will be replicated automatically to the secondary server. You have however to make sure that the new AD has same structure as the old one. Otherwise, the policies that you configure for specific AD groups or attributes may not work. If both ADs are exactly the same then it is supposed to make no change If the user credentials you use to join the ACS to the AD are exist in both current and new ADs.

HTH

Amjad

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Re: ACS 5.2 HA Question

Hi Amjad,

Thank you for the reply.

There will not be a new AD since this is a DC shifting from one physical location to the other, the AD will still be the same.

Your answer however pointed me to what I am looking for regarding the IP addressing, which is not mentioned in any of cisco's documentation that I have read.

regards,

Shadi`

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