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Connecting SRX Series Devices to Create a Chassis Cluster

An SRX Series chassis cluster is created by physically connecting two identical cluster-supported SRX Series devices together using a pair of the same type of Ethernet connections. The connection is made for both a control link and a fabric (data) link between the two devices.

Control links in a chassis cluster are made using specific ports.

The interface value changes with the cluster offset value. Based on the cluster index, the interface is named as type-fpc/pic/port. For example, ge-1/0/1 , where 1 is cluster index and the FPC number. You must use the following ports to form the control link on the following SRX Series devices:

  • For SRX300 devices, connect the ge-0/0/1 on node 0 to the ge-1/0/1 on node 1.

  • For SRX320 devices, connect the ge-0/0/1 on node 0 to the ge-3/0/1 on node 1.

  • For SRX340, SRX345, and SRX380 devices, connect the ge-0/0/1 on node 0 to the ge-5/0/1 on node 1.

  • For SRX550M devices, connect the ge-0/0/1 on node 0 to the ge-9/0/1 on node 1.

  • For SRX1500 devices, connect the HA control port on node 0 to the HA control port on node 1

To establish a fabric link:

  • For SRX300 and SRX320 devices, connect any interface except ge-0/0/0 and ge-0/0/1.

  • For SRX340, SRX345, and SRX380 devices, connect any interface except fxp0 and ge-0/0/1.

Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3, Figure 4, Figure 6 and Figure 7 show pairs of SRX Series devices with the fabric links and control links connected.

Figure 1: Connecting SRX300 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX300 Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 2: Connecting SRX320 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX320 Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 3: Connecting SRX340 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX340 Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 4: Connecting SRX345 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX345 Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 5: Connecting SRX380 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX380 Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 6: Connecting SRX550M Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX550M Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 7: Connecting SRX1500 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX1500 Devices in a Chassis Cluster

For SRX1500 devices, the connection that serves as the control link must be between the built-in control ports on each device.

You can connect two control links (SRX4600, SRX5600, SRX5800, and SRX3000 lines only) and two fabric links between the two devices in the cluster to reduce the chance of control link and fabric link failure. See Understanding Chassis Cluster Dual Control Links and Understanding Chassis Cluster Dual Fabric Links.

Figure 8, Figure 9 and Figure 10 show pairs of SRX Series devices with the fabric links and control links connected.

Figure 8: Connecting SRX4600 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX4600 Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 9: Connecting SRX4100 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX4100 Devices in a Chassis Cluster
Figure 10: Connecting SRX4200 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX4200 Devices in a Chassis Cluster

Figure 11, Figure 12, and Figure 13 show pairs of SRX Series devices with the fabric links and control links connected.

Service Processing Cards (SPC) have two dedicated ports ( HA0 and HA1) for connecting the control links in the chassis cluster.

Fabric ports are revenue ports available from any IOC card. Fabric links are connected to the same slot and port on both SRX5000 line of devices.

SRX5000 line devices do not have built-in ports, so the control link for these gateways must be the control ports on their SPCs with a slot numbering offset of 3 for SRX5400, offset of 6 for SRX5600 devices and 12 for SRX5800 devices.

Figure 11 shows pair of SRX5800 devices having single SPC card each connected with a control link. The fabric link is connected using the IOC card. For dual control links, two SPC3 cards are required for connection.

Figure 11: Connecting SRX5800 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX5800 Devices in a Chassis Cluster

Figure 12 shows dual control links connected using two SPC3 cards and dual fabric links using IOC cards.

Figure 12: Connecting SRX5600 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX5600 Devices in a Chassis Cluster

When you connect a single control link on SRX5000 line devices, the control link ports are a one-to-one mapping with the Routing Engine slot. If your Routing Engine is in slot 0, you must use control port 0 to link the Routing Engines.

When a SPC is the control plane as well as hosting the control port, this creates a single point of failure. If the SPC goes down on the primary node, the node is automatically rebooted to avoid split brain.

Figure 13: Connecting SRX5400 Devices in a Chassis Cluster Connecting SRX5400 Devices in a Chassis Cluster

Dual control links are not supported on an SRX5400 device due to the limited number of slots.