Virtual Wire Support of High Availability

Virtual wires support active/passive and active/active HA and path monitoring. You can speed up HA failover for an active/passive HA pair by pre-negotiating LACP and LLDP.
If you configure the firewall to perform path monitoring for High Availability using a virtual wire path group, the firewall attempts to resolve ARP for the configured destination IP address by sending ARP packets out both of the virtual wire interfaces. The destination IP address that you are monitoring must be on the same subnetwork as one of the devices surrounding the virtual wire.
Virtual wire interfaces support both active/passive and active/active HA. For an active/active HA deployment with a virtual wire, the scanned packets must be returned to the receiving firewall to preserve the forwarding path. Therefore, if a firewall receives a packet that belongs to the session that the peer HA firewall owns, it sends the packet across the HA3 link to the peer.
For PAN-OS 7.1 and later releases, you can configure the passive firewall in an HA pair to allow peer devices on either side of the firewall to pre-negotiate LLDP and LACP over a virtual wire before an HA failover occurs. Such a configuration for LACP and LLDP Pre-Negotiation for Active/Passive HA speeds up HA failovers.

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