Installing and Configuring a Secondary vGW Security Design VM for High Availability

This topic explains how to create and configure a secondary vGW Security Design VM to be used in the event of failure of the main vGW Security Design VM.

To complete this process, you must:

To create a secondary vGW Security Design VM for high availability:

  1. Load the OVA file for the vGW Security Design VM using the VMware vSphere Client (File > Virtual Appliance > Import).
  2. Follow the Virtual Appliance Wizard process. Accept the defaults for the virtual appliance import.

    The OVA import process prompts you for a database disk. You can accept the default 8.0 GB size even if your primary vGW Security Design VM is configured for a larger size. The secondary vGW Security Design VM does not store the same type of information as the primary one. Therefore it does not require more than 8.0 GB capacity.

    Caution: After the import completes, do not power on the newly created secondary vGW Security Design VM.

  3. Connect to vCenter from the primary vGW Security Design VM to update the VMs.

    You must update the VMs for the secondary vGW Security Design VM to be recognized by vGW Series.

    1. Select the Settings module vGW Application Settings, vCenter Integration section.
    2. In the Update VMs pane, click Update.
  4. From the primary vGW Security Design VM, select the Settings module vGW Application Settings section, High Availability section.
  5. Select DHCP or Static for the interface addressing mode.
  6. Click Save.

The secondary vGW Security Design VM is automatically powered on and configured. This process takes approximately ten minutes. After the operation completes, you can log in to the secondary vGW Security Design VM through the IP address that you specified during the configuration.

The vGW Series monitors connectivity between the two vGW Security Design VM management centers. It initiates promotion of the secondary system if there is no response to the primary one for three minutes.

When the primary vGW Security Design VM is brought back online after it has recovered or the host it was on is repaired, it automatically takes control again. The vGW Series high availability is not designed to replace normal backup operations. Rather, it is expected the primary vGW Security Design VM will be brought back online quickly.

Caution: Take care in backing up your primary vGW Security Design VM. The vGW Series does not rebuild a primary vGW Security Design VM from the secondary one.

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