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make secondary ASA the new Primary and active asa

We have two cisco asa 5510's in a failover setup.

I'd like to take the secondary/failover and make it the primary/active and do this for good..not just for testing. And of course make the other the new secondary/failover.

What would be the best way of doing this? What config do I need to change?

To sum it up, Id like to swap the units from primary to secondary and vice versa.

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Just issue the command "no

Just issue the command "no failover active" on the primary ASA.  The secondary unit will now be the primary/active unit and will remain that way until another failover situation occurs.


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hi,marius is


marius is correct.

you could alternatively do this via ASDM.

click on Make Standby button.

see screenshot attached.

Re: hi,marius is

Primary will be always primary and secondary will be always secondary.., only you can change the Active and standby mode. after putting "failover active" on standby unit, it will become Secondary/Active and other will be primary/Standby.




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Re: make secondary ASA the new Primary and active asa

Is you want to change the role and not just the state, you will need to make the failover unit Secondary-Active as others have described. Then take the Primary-Standby offline. Modify the Secondary-Active configuration to designate it as Primary and the (offline) Primary unit to make it Secondary. Then bring the former Primary (newly designated Secondary) back online.


The bigger question is why go the the trouble? The designation is purely cosmetic in 99% of the use cases.

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