Management IP in Active/passive setup

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Management IP in Active/passive setup

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I am quite new to Palo Alto firewalls, but have worked with different vendors before. 


When running a HA in Active/passive a central VIP for mgmt is usually setup, so you dont connect to the passive FW.

From what i see there is no VIP for mgmt in the HA setup i am working on here. Is that something that is setup wrong or ? 

We have a dns name internally that points to one of the firewalls, but in case of failover this might end up being the passive node. 


hope someone can enlighten me.


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L2 Linker

Would you means you want to access current active firewall in same IP independent of which take a active?


You can set a loopback interface and set it permits for management traffic.

Since the passive firewall data-port will not turn on, you will always access to the current active firewall through that loopback interface IP. 


You may refer below link




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L2 Linker

You are correct.
Palo Alto firewalls in HA need their own separate management IPs.



So that how are people handling the management in a failover case ? just change the DNS entry or this there something easier ? 

In most cases, each node has its own DNS name. In my lab, for example, I have



It's designed this way for a number of reasons, including so that each node can have its HA status controlled, reach out the internet for updates, telemetry forwarding, forward Syslog to external servers, etc.



Hello @hh_cloudio ,

What is the use case you are attempting to resolve? Just connecting or something else, more curious than anything?



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