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quatloo
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Data and Management Plane separation on 6200P NGTX standalone appliance

Hello,

I am deploying a 6200P NGTX standalone appliance (management + gateway, no HA). Does anyone know if this supports the Management Data Plane Separation configuration that is outlined in sk138672?

I have a ticket with support regarding this question but they haven't been able to provide an answer.

I deployed the appliance and enabled the configuration but I was unable to connect via Smart Console (the web interface and SSH access worked as expected). The management plane task list didn't show the fwm and cpm/java TCP ports 18190 and 19009, which didn't seem right.

Thanks!

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PhoneBoy
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MDPS is meant to be configured on a gateway talking to a management server on a different system.
This is why processes that are obviously only on a management server (specifically cpm and fwm) are not part of MDPS.
Whether they can be included is, perhaps, a separate question.

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quatloo
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Thanks for your reply.  Yes, that makes sense.  I think I have strayed from a typical deployment scenario which is why tech support can't say whether it is a supported configuration.  In any case, the take home message is to refrain from enabling MDPS if you are running a stand-alone appliance as it will break the ability to manage the system with Smart Console (at least in my hands).

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PhoneBoy
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There's certainly no clear statement saying it is or it isn't, thus why TAC can't say for certain.
However, based on what things the feature enables by default, I feel pretty confident in saying a standalone gateway was not the intended use case for MDPS.