Palo Alto 5250 - Configuring HA between vsys

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Palo Alto 5250 - Configuring HA between vsys

L2 Linker



Is it possible to configure two physical Palo Alto 5250 in Active - standby mode while distributing the load for Vsys across both the physical firewalls. 


For eg.

I have two physical firewalls - PA1 & PA2

I have 6 vsys in each firewalls - Vsys1, Vsys2, Vsys3, Vsys4, Vsys5, Vsys6


Is it possible to have the below mentioned setup?



Vsys1 - Active

Vsys2 - Standby

Vsys3 - Active

Vsys4 - Standby

Vsys5 - Active

Vsys6 - Standby



Vsys1 - Standby

Vsys2 - Active

Vsys3 - Standby

Vsys4 - Active

Vsys5 - Standby

Vsys6 - Active


Is there any reference document to achieve this configuration? 


L3 Networker

Hi @MGRashmi,

unfortunately with Active/Passive mode, all virtual systems will be active only on "active" member. The HA is configured on Physical level and not on the virtual level.

If you want to distribute virtual systems on both physical appliances you need to configure the cluster in Active/Active mode and bound floating IP for vsys 1, 3, 5 to Active Primary and for vsys 2, 4, 6 to Active Secondary.

At this link you can found a use case:


Keep in mind usually TAC suggest A/A mode only in case you have asymmetric routing mainly when the firewalls are in Virtual-Wire mode.




Hi Jacopo, Thanks a lot for your detailed and clear explanation. This really helped.

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