Possible to stop local account passwords syncing when in HA

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Possible to stop local account passwords syncing when in HA

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Hi All, 


We are currently in the process of roling out a Privielged Account Security platform to mange and rotate passwords across all of our devices. 


We have ran into a snag with the PAs because of the password sync when in HA...


Is there a way to disable the sync of passwords for local account allowing us to have independent passwords on each? 


The difficulty we have is when the password for device A is updated it will automatically update device B, but our privielged account platform will now be inconsistent and will report report errors when it tries to verify the password for device B...


Any help would be apprciated. 


Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite

local accounts are always synced to prevent mishaps, you could switch to 'remote' passwords (radius, ldap,... ) ?

Tom Piens
PANgurus - SASE and Strata specialist; (co)managed services, VAR and consultancy

the only possibility for different local accounts on each HA member is when you configure them via Panorama in different templates.


--> User A is configured in Template A which is assinged to Firewall A

--> User B is configured in Template B which is assigned to Firewall B

Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


Maybe this is dumb but couldn't you just remove the passive device from your platform so that it only verified with the A device seeing as you know it'll be a mirror configuraiton on the B device? The passwords are sync'd specifically so you don't have to worry about them, any change you make on the active device will carry over to the passive so that you don't have to modify the password twice. 

The workarounds have already been mentioned but it seems like kind of a weird policy to enact on a HA device. 

The solution (/workaround) wasn't the only solution ...

  • if you comoletely manage the firewalls from panorama, you could disable the config sync completely and you then will be able to configure the local accounts independently on each firewall because panorama makes sure that the config on both nodes is in sync (as long as you properly configured templates and device groups)
  • If you expose the WebAPI or the CLI on a dataplane interface only for your account-management-server you could also treat every cluster as one device. Similar to the proposed solution of @BPry, but not exactly the same
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