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How to setup High availability on Extreme Cloud Appliance

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TitleHow to setup High availability on Extreme Cloud Appliance
Objective
Setup High availability on Extreme Cloud Appliance
Environment
XCA
Procedure
  1. Enable NTP on both ExtremeCloud Appliances, go to Administration>System>Network time, and select NTP
  2. On the primary XCA, go to Administration>System Availability, and select paired.
  3. Configure the following parameters:
  • ROLE:Primary
  • Peer IP address: the data port IP address on the second XCA
  • Auto AP balancing: select Active-Active or Active-Passive
In an Availability Pair, an AP establishes an active tunnel to one appliance and a backup tunnel to the other appliance. The active tunnel is used to pass the client data over tunneled topologies.  Distribution of home/foreign relationship is decided by the controllers, there is no manual control.
  • In an Active-Active configuration, approximately half of the APs establish an active tunnel to the local (primary) appliance. The remaining APs establish an active tunnel to the foreign (backup) appliance, spreading the load across the Availability Pair.
  • In an Active-Passive configuration, all APs establish an active tunnel to the local (primary) appliance. The foreign (secondary) appliance is used for failover only.
In either configuration, most parameters can be configured on either appliance in the availability pair.

        4. Click save
         
        5. On the secondary XCA, select paired and configure the following parameters:
  • Role: Backup
  • Pair IP address: the IP of the primary XCA
  • Auto AP balancing: Select Active-Active or Active-passive as appropriate.
        6. Click save
       
        7. Go to Admin>Logs, and look for the message:

 Availability link  established with peer <ip address>
    
    8. To verify synchronization, add a network widget to the overview dashboard.
  • Go to Dashboard
  • Click the pencil icon to edit the dashboard
  • select widgets
select system and drag Network Health onto the dashboard. The synchronization status is displayed as part of the Network Health widget.

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