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515E FailOver Problems


I have a PIX 515E FO and it is st the factory defaults. I simply assigned an IP Address to the inside interface. I am trying to upgrade to 7.0, then 7.1(1), which is the version my UR is on. I can't even ping any host on the same subnet, I am totally lost as to why this is happening? I have the correct subnet mask and ip address scheme, yet i get no responses from any host i try to ping. I have tried hooking up a cross over to a laptop and even that is unsuccessful. I thought that maybe I had a defective unit so I RMA'd it, but the new unit is displaying the same behavior. I am a afraid that I am missing something simple?

Here is my show run:

PIX Version 6.3(5)

interface ethernet0 auto shutdown

interface ethernet1 100full

interface ethernet2 auto shutdown

interface ethernet3 auto shutdown

interface ethernet4 auto shutdown

interface ethernet5 auto shutdown

nameif ethernet0 outside security0

nameif ethernet1 inside security100

nameif ethernet2 intf2 security4

nameif ethernet3 intf3 security6

nameif ethernet4 intf4 security8

nameif ethernet5 intf5 security10

enable password xxx

passwd xxx

hostname pixfirewall

fixup protocol dns maximum-length 512

fixup protocol ftp 21

fixup protocol h323 h225 1720

fixup protocol h323 ras 1718-1719

fixup protocol http 80

fixup protocol rsh 514

fixup protocol rtsp 554

fixup protocol sip 5060carrier, 0 no carrier

fixup protocol sip udp 5060

fixup protocol skinny 2000

fixup protocol smtp 25

fixup protocol sqlnet 1521

fixup protocol tftp 69


pager lines 24

mtu outside 1500

mtu inside 1500

mtu intf2 1500

mtu intf3 1500

mtu intf4 1500

mtu intf5 1500

no ip address outside

ip address inside

no ip address intf2

no ip address intf3

no ip address intf4

no ip address intf5

ip audit info action alarm

ip audit attack action alarm

no failover

failover timeout 0:00:00

o failover ip address outside

no failover ip address inside

no failover ip address intf2

no failover ip address intf3

no failover ip address intf4

no failover ip address intf5

pdm history enable

arp timeout 14400

timeout xlate 3:00:00

timeout conn 1:00:00 half-closed 0:10:00 udp 0:02:00 rpc 0:10:00 h225 1:00:00

timeout h323 0:05:00 mgcp 0:05:00 sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00

timeout sip-disconnect 0:02:00 sip-invite 0:03:00

timeout uauth 0:05:00 absolute

aaa-server TACACS+ protocol tacacs+

aaa-server TACACS+ max-failed-attempts 3

aaa-server TACACS+ deadtime 10

aaa-server RADIUS protocol radius

aaa-server RADIUS max-failed-attempts 3

aaa-server RADIUS deadtime 10

aaa-server LOCAL protocol local

no snmp-server location

no snmp-server contact

snmp-server community public

no snmp-server enable traps

floodguard enable

telnet timeout 5

ssh timeout 5

console timeout 0

terminal width 80


: end

pixfirewall(config)# ping NO response received -- 1000ms NO response received -- 1000ms NO response received -- 1000ms


pixfirewall(config)# show int e1

interface ethernet1 "inside" is up, line protocol is up

Hardware is i82559 ethernet, address is 000a.b7bc.4bdb

IP address, subnet mask

MTU 1500 bytes, BW 100000 Kbit full duplex

1626 packets input, 155696 bytes, 0 no buffer

Received 1632 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants

0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort

0 packets output, 0 bytes, 0 underruns

0 output errors, 0 collisions, 0 interface resets

0 babbles, 0 late collisions, 0 deferred

0 lost carrier, 0 no carrier

input queue (curr/max blocks): hardware (128/128) software (0/1)

output queue (curr/max blocks): hardware (0/0) software (0/0)

This PIX has a Failover Only (FO) license.

Thanks for any help.


Re: 515E FailOver Problems

The issue here is the FO license. A PIX with FO license cannot work in standalone mode. This is the reason why you cant ping its interfaces or ping hosts from this PIX.

You may try enabling failover on PIX and then try doing upgrade.

ip address inside

failover ip address inside


Wait for few secs, now this PIX should assume "Active" role and you should be able to ping the interface. Now try the upgrade.

Hope this helps.



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Re: 515E FailOver Problems

Thanks so much, this was perfect. I appreciate your assistance greatly.

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