Can anyone please explain the behaviour of VPN tunnels during the failover on PAN.
Does the ISAKMP and IPSEC SA table gets passed on to the standby unit ?
Does the VPN tunnels will re-estalish the session again on the new active unit after the failover? what would be the downtime that the users will experience for vpn tunnels?
While it has been a while since I had to fail over firewalls. In the past I have upgraded a active/passive PAN's that I was VPN'ed into and duiring a failover, my connection was not dropped. The sessions should be handed over to the passive unit and everything should continue to function. At most in testing I have seen a few ping drops. So a video conference or phone call might get dropped.
Hope that helps.
IPSec SAs are synced but not the IKE SAs. So normally everything works fine during failover with - as @OtakarKlier mentionned - with a few pings lost (in most cases I had only one or two pings lost).
But because of the not synced IKE SAs you need to be careful. In the past I hat connections that were no longer established when IPSec timout was reached and IKE SA wasn't renewed so far. (Probably depends on the IKE/IPSec implelementation on the other side). Since then after a failover I manually (/with a script) renew all IKE SAs and the problem is solved.
It is worth mentioning what cluster are you running! Because the smallest boxes are using so called HA-lite, which doesn't support IPsec SA sync.
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