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Removing a PIX Failover

We have two PIX 515's that are configured in a failover currently. We need to remove the extra pix for a few days, is there anything special that we have to do or should we just unplug it and let it do its normal failover switch. And since we are on the subject what would need to be done when we put the pix back in. Thanks in Advance.

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Re: Removing a PIX Failover

If you're removing the standby, just power it off and remove it, the active PIX will stay active.

If you're removing the active PIX, do a "failover active" on the standby to make it the active and then power down the other one.

Keep in mind though that if your secondary PIX is a failover-only licence, then it will reboot every 24 hours or so if it detects that the primary is not connected. When it comes up you'll have to do another "failover active" manually on it, as it will not automatically become the active unit. Make sure you leave the failover cable connected to this unit, otherwise it won't boot up at all.

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Cisco Employee

Re: Removing a PIX Failover

If you're removing the standby, just power it off and remove it, the active PIX will stay active.

If you're removing the active PIX, do a "failover active" on the standby to make it the active and then power down the other one.

Keep in mind though that if your secondary PIX is a failover-only licence, then it will reboot every 24 hours or so if it detects that the primary is not connected. When it comes up you'll have to do another "failover active" manually on it, as it will not automatically become the active unit. Make sure you leave the failover cable connected to this unit, otherwise it won't boot up at all.

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Re: Removing a PIX Failover

Thanks, that helps a lot. We are planning on removing the standby, so in that case if Im reading your reply right we wouldnt have to worry about the last paragraph of your reply?

Cisco Employee

Re: Removing a PIX Failover

Correctamundo!

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Re: Removing a PIX Failover

Excellent, Thanks.

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