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firewall active-active

I am trying to understand why ASA firewall doesnt do loadbalancing or loadsharing in normal active-standby mode.

why does it need to be in context mode to be run as an active-active firewall.

Appreciate all your help!

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Re: firewall active-active

suthomas1 wrote:

I am trying to understand why ASA firewall doesnt do loadbalancing or loadsharing in normal active-standby mode.

why does it need to be in context mode to be run as an active-active firewall.

Appreciate all your help!

It's important to understand that within each context one firewall is active and one firewall is standby. So if you had 2 contexts - C1 and C2

fw1 is active for C1 and standby for C2

fw2 is active for C2 and standby for C1

note fw1 & fw2 cannot both be active for the same context.

So in an active/standby mode with only one context you cannot do load-balancing because only one of the firewalls can be active per context.

Jon

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Hall of Fame Super Blue

Re: firewall active-active

suthomas1 wrote:

I am trying to understand why ASA firewall doesnt do loadbalancing or loadsharing in normal active-standby mode.

why does it need to be in context mode to be run as an active-active firewall.

Appreciate all your help!

It's important to understand that within each context one firewall is active and one firewall is standby. So if you had 2 contexts - C1 and C2

fw1 is active for C1 and standby for C2

fw2 is active for C2 and standby for C1

note fw1 & fw2 cannot both be active for the same context.

So in an active/standby mode with only one context you cannot do load-balancing because only one of the firewalls can be active per context.

Jon

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