How can I swap the roles of Primary and Backup Units in a High Availability configuration?
03/26/2020 180 19235
High Availability allows two SonicWall security appliances of the same model to be configured to provide a reliable, continuous connection to the Internet and to your internal network. One SonicWall device is configured as the Primary unit, and the other is configured as the Backup/Secondary unit. In the event of the failure of the Primary SonicWall, the Backup/Secondary SonicWall takes over to secure a reliable connection between the protected network and the Internet. Two appliances configured in this way are also known as a High Availability Pair (HA Pair).
This article describes how to swap the roles of the Primary and Backup/Secondary SonicWall appliances in a HA configuration.
Why would I want to do this?
If the HA Pair was setup with the wrong devices as the Primary and Secondary Roles.
If a former Primary device is being repurposed as a Secondary device.
To troubleshoot certain issues with HA Settings and Roles.
Primary - SonicWall A (Serial Number XXXXXX).
Secondary - SonicWall B ( Serial Number YYYYYY).
How we want it to be: Desired Setup (As per the MySonicWall)
Primary – SonicWall B (YYYYYY).
Secondary - SonicWall A (XXXXXX).
NOTE: Here XXXXXX and YYYYYY are representing the Serial numbers of SonicWall A and SonicWall B respectively.
Login to SonicWall B first.
Navigate to MANAGE| High Availability| Base Settings,click HA Devices, you see the Primary device Serial Number as (XXXXXX) and Secondary device Serial Number as (YYYYYY).
So Primary Serial Number is greyed out, but change the secondary serial number to some dummy number 222222222222.
Click General tab and change the mode from Active/Standby to None.
Navigate to MANAGE | Firmware & Backups, select Export Configuration under Import/Export Configuration drop down, after disabling the HA on this device(say abc.exp).
Now Hard Reset the two Units to Factory Defaults.
Then log in to SonicWall B (YYYYYY) again, and now import the settings (abc.exp) which was exported in step 6.
Navigate to MANAGE| High Availability| Base Settings, click on General tab, enable the HA (set it to Active/Standby).
Click on HA Devices, now the Primary device Serial Number Should say (YYYYYY), and Secondary you can go ahead edit and put as (XXXXXX).
Connect the SonicWall A (which was hard reset and booted with factory default settings earlier) to the SonicWall B in a HA setup.