What Settings Don’t Sync in Active/Active HA?

You must configure the following settings on each firewall in an HA pair in an active/active deployment. These settings do not sync from one peer to another.
Configuration Item
What Doesn’t Sync in Active/Active?
Management Interface Settings
You must configure all management settings individually on each firewall, including:
  • DeviceSetupManagementGeneral Settings—Hostname, Domain, Login Banner, SSL/TLS Service Profile (and associated certificates), Time Zone, Locale, Date, Time, Latitude, Longitude.
  • DeviceSetupManagementManagement Interface Settings—IP Address, Netmask, Default Gateway, IPv6 Address/Prefix Length, Default IPv6 Gateway, Speed, MTU, and Services (HTTP, HTTP OCSP, HTTPS, Telnet, SSH, Ping, SNMP, User-ID, User-ID Syslog Listener-SSL, User-ID Syslog Listener-UDP)
Multi-vsys Capability
You must activate the Virtual Systems license on each firewall in the pair to increase the number of virtual systems beyond the base number provided by default on PA-3000 Series, PA-5000 Series, PA-5200 Series, and PA-7000 Series firewalls.
You must also enable Multi Virtual System Capability on each firewall (DeviceSetupManagementGeneral Settings).
Panorama Settings
Set the following Panorama settings on each firewall (DeviceSetupManagementPanorama Settings).
  • Panorama Servers
  • Disable Panorama Policy and Objects and Disable Device and Network Template
SNMP
DeviceSetupOperationsSNMP Setup
Services
DeviceSetupServices
Global Service Routes
DeviceSetupServicesService Route Configuration
Telemetry and Threat Intelligence Settings
DeviceSetupTelemetry and Threat Intelligence
Data Protection
DeviceSetupContent-IDManage Data Protection
Jumbo Frames
DeviceSetupSessionSession SettingsEnable Jumbo Frame
Forward Proxy Server Certificate Settings
DeviceSetupSessionDecryption SettingsSSL Forward Proxy Settings
HSM Configuration
DeviceSetupHSM
Log Export Settings
DeviceScheduled Log Export
Software Updates
With software updates, you can either download and install them separately on each firewall, or download them on one peer and sync the update to the other peer. You must install the update on each peer (DeviceSoftware).
GlobalProtect Agent Package
With GlobalProtect client updates, you can either download and install them separately on each firewall, or download them to one peer and sync the update to the other peer. You must activate separately on each peer (DeviceGlobalProtect Client).
Content Updates
With content updates, you can either download and install them separately on each firewall, or download them on one peer and sync the update to the other peer. You must install the update on each peer (DeviceDynamic Updates).
Licenses/Subscriptions
DeviceLicenses
Support Subscription
DeviceSupport
Ethernet Interface IP Addresses
All Ethernet interface configuration settings sync except for the IP address (NetworkInterfaceEthernet).
Loopback Interface IP Addresses
All Loopback interface configuration settings sync except for the IP address (NetworkInterfaceLoopback).
Tunnel Interface IP Addresses
All Tunnel interface configuration settings sync except for the IP address (NetworkInterfaceTunnel).
LACP System Priority
Each peer must have a unique LACP System ID in an active/active deployment (NetworkInterfaceEthernetAdd Aggregate GroupSystem Priority).
VLAN Interface IP Address
All VLAN interface configuration settings sync except for the IP address (NetworkInterfaceVLAN).
Virtual Routers
Virtual router configuration synchronizes only if you have enabled VR Sync (DeviceHigh AvailabilityActive/Active ConfigPacket Forwarding). Whether or not to do this depends on your network design, including whether you have asymmetric routing.
IPSec Tunnels
IPSec tunnel configuration synchronization is dependent on whether you have configured the Virtual Addresses to use Floating IP addresses (DeviceHigh AvailabilityActive/Active ConfigVirtual Address). If you have configured a floating IP address, these settings sync automatically. Otherwise, you must configure these settings independently on each peer.
GlobalProtect Portal Configuration
GlobalProtect portal configuration synchronization is dependent on whether you have configured the Virtual Addresses to use Floating IP addresses (NetworkGlobalProtectPortals). If you have configured a floating IP address, the GlobalProtect portal configuration settings sync automatically. Otherwise, you must configure the portal settings independently on each peer.
GlobalProtect Gateway Configuration
GlobalProtect gateway configuration synchronization is dependent on whether you have configured the Virtual Addresses to use Floating IP addresses (NetworkGlobalProtectGateways). If you have configured a floating IP address, the GlobalProtect gateway configuration settings sync automatically. Otherwise, you must configure the gateway settings independently on each peer.
QoS
QoS configuration synchronizes only if you have enabled QoS Sync (DeviceHigh AvailabilityActive/Active ConfigPacket Forwarding). You might choose not to sync QoS setting if, for example, you have different bandwidth on each link or different latency through your service providers.
LLDP
No LLDP state or individual firewall data is synchronized in an active/active configuration (NetworkNetwork ProfilesLLDP).
BFD
No BFD configuration or BFD session data is synchronized in an active/active configuration (NetworkNetwork ProfilesBFD Profile).
IKE Gateways
IKE gateway configuration synchronization is dependent on whether you have configured the Virtual Addresses to use floating IP addresses (NetworkIKE Gateways). If you have configured a floating IP address, the IKE gateway configuration settings sync automatically. Otherwise, you must configure the IKE gateway settings independently on each peer.
Master Key
The master key must be identical on each firewall in the HA pair, but you must manually enter it on each firewall (DeviceMaster Key and Diagnostics).
Before changing the master key, you must disable config sync on both peers (DeviceHigh AvailabilityGeneralSetup and clear the Enable Config Sync check box) and then re-enable it after you change the keys.
Reports, logs, and Dashboard Settings
Log data, reports, and dashboard data and settings (column display, widgets) are not synced between peers. Report configuration settings, however, are synced.
HA settings
  • DeviceHigh Availability
  • (The exception is DeviceHigh AvailabilityActive/Active ConfigurationVirtual Addresses, which do sync.)
Certificates
DeviceCertificate ManagementCertificates
SSL/TLS Service Profile
DeviceCertificate ManagementSSL/TLS Service Profile

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