PanOS 10.1 Clustering

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PanOS 10.1 Clustering

L1 Bithead


I am used to configuring clusters on PanOs 8.x and 9.x.
I am now configuring a new infrastructure based on PanOs 10.1.8.

I have seen new options in "High Availability".
1) Under "General" tab what is "Clustering settings" for?
2) what is "Cluster Config" for?



Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


To expand on this a bit, what you're used to seeing is just a traditional HA setup. In that regard, you're likely used to seeing Active/Passive and Active/Active from a configuration standpoint. This provides the basis of redundancy to avoid a firewall failure from bringing down your entire environment.


With HA Clustering, that process is expanded by quite a bit. This sees the addition of HA4 and HA4-backup interfaces to actually control the clusters, because HA1-3 are already in use if you have an HA pair configured as cluster members. The clustered firewalls all share session state in the event of a failover, but the session owner is the one actually processing and logging the traffic.

The benefit here is that in a distributed environment, you could lose the primary HA pair and traffic would simply failover to another pair in the cluster. You get additional redundancy across your network that maintains session survivability instead of updating routes due to the loss of the pair. 

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