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Sync IP Addresses-Checkpoint Clustering

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Hi Experts

We've checkpoint cluster configured using High availability XL. When we issue cphaprob stat the cluster status is as expected but it's displaying the Sync IP addresses.Typically Firewall cluster members management IP addresses will be displayed.

Please assist what could be the reason for this. Below logs for reference.

[Expert@Firewall]# cphaprob stat

Cluster Mode: High Availability (Primary Up) with IGMP Membership

Number Unique Address Assigned Load State

1 (local) 192.168.252.253 100% Active  ----------->>>>
2 192.168.252.254 0% Standby        ----------------->>> Sync IP Address

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Re: Sync IP Addresses-Checkpoint Clustering

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sk61546 doesn't provide a solution for what you need, because it is not a problem, but a normal working state of cluster. This SK is about situations when IP addresses are from different networks in the output of cphaprob stat. If there is a different IP adress than of Sync interface, then it usually means that there is an issue with sync, that's what the SK says.

IP addresses during normal operation:

Member_A
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1 (local)  172.16.1.1      X%              some_state
2          172.16.1.2      Y%              some_state
Member_B
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1          172.16.1.1      X%              some_state
2 (local)  172.16.1.2      Y%              some_state

IP addresses during some problem in the cluster:

Member_A
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1 (local)  192.168.55.1    X%              some_state
2          10.20.30.2      Y%              some_state
Member_B
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1          172.16.1.1      X%              some_state
2 (local)  172.16.1.2      Y%              some_state

I am not sure why you consider Sync IP addresses and not management IP as a problem in cphaprob stat. It is a normal state. I've just quickly confirmed it on Gaia R77.20 cluster, on Splat R77 cluster, on IPSO R75.40 VRRP cluster, they all show IP addresses of Sync interfaces.

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Re: Sync IP Addresses-Checkpoint Clustering

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sk61546:

The IP addresses, which appear in the output of 'cphaprob state' command next to each member are their unique IP addresses.

A "unique IP address" of a member is one of its IP addresses, chosen by an algorithm. This algorithm gives its decision after it considered special weights given to different parameters, such as : is this a trusted interface? is it connected? is it up? what is the interface number in kernel (see output of 'fw ctl iflist' command), etc.
When having an error, the state of the interfaces might change, and therefore the algorithm might choose a different IP address to be the unique IP address of the member, and this explains why you might see the unique IP addresses changed during or after an error occurred.

Unique IPs for cluster members can be viewed with cphaprob tablestat.

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Thanks Aleksei for the infor. Is there any way we could change it manually to Firewall Management IP addresses.

And will it create any issue during Failover. Please assist as Advance access is required to check in checkpoint Support center for sk61546. And it's mentioned as below. 

Cause

This behaviour is a part of clustering mechanism. If Cluster Control Protocol (CCP ) packets are not sent/received correctly on the Sync interface, the clustering mechanism might choose one of the other cluster interfaces.

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But i see Sync packets are sent and received and logs are captured using the command fw ctl pstat.


Sync:
Version: new
Status: Able to Send/Receive sync packets
Sync packets sent:
total : 2256615618, retransmitted : 260178, retrans reqs : 42398, acks : 4163909
Sync packets received:
total : 108420891, were queued : 90356, dropped by net : 59118
retrans reqs : 170300, received 3771056 acks
retrans reqs for illegal seq : 0
dropped updates as a result of sync overload: 26747
Callback statistics: handled 3679290 cb, average delay : 1, max delay : 112

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sk61546 doesn't provide a solution for what you need, because it is not a problem, but a normal working state of cluster. This SK is about situations when IP addresses are from different networks in the output of cphaprob stat. If there is a different IP adress than of Sync interface, then it usually means that there is an issue with sync, that's what the SK says.

IP addresses during normal operation:

Member_A
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1 (local)  172.16.1.1      X%              some_state
2          172.16.1.2      Y%              some_state
Member_B
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1          172.16.1.1      X%              some_state
2 (local)  172.16.1.2      Y%              some_state

IP addresses during some problem in the cluster:

Member_A
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1 (local)  192.168.55.1    X%              some_state
2          10.20.30.2      Y%              some_state
Member_B
Number     Unique Address  Assigned Load   State
1          172.16.1.1      X%              some_state
2 (local)  172.16.1.2      Y%              some_state

I am not sure why you consider Sync IP addresses and not management IP as a problem in cphaprob stat. It is a normal state. I've just quickly confirmed it on Gaia R77.20 cluster, on Splat R77 cluster, on IPSO R75.40 VRRP cluster, they all show IP addresses of Sync interfaces.

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Re: Sync IP Addresses-Checkpoint Clustering

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