I have an active passive configuration which seems to be working and has failed over successfuly in the past (possibly a year ago). According to the PA docs I read the heart beat is a ping that runs every 1000ms. I assume since the heartbeat backup is down on both that if the active firewall were to break right now ther would be no failover correct?
where I got my info...
I also have the same issue on a pair of PA-850s in Active/Passive. I am using dedicated HA1 and H2 links, but for backup HA1 and backup HA2; I am using dataplane ports ethernet1/2 and ethernet1/4. What do I do in this case that the heartbeat backup shows down?
You can either use Management port as heartbeat backup or Dedicated Data link port.
To use Management port as Heartbeat backup you need to go under
Check the heartbeat backup.
If you want to use dedicated Data link port for heart beat backup then you can leave the above settings as unchecked.
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