Configuring ASA failover

sofucasofuca Registered Users Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi All

Just a little bit of background info

We have 2 locations with a layer 2 fiber link between them both.

Both sites have their own internet connection and firewalls.

Both firewalls are as follows

Hardware: ASA5515, 8192 MB RAM, CPU Clarkdale 3059 MHz, 1 CPU (4 cores)
ASA: 4096 MB RAM, 1 CPU (1 core)
Internal ATA Compact Flash, 8192MB
BIOS Flash MX25L6445E @ 0xffbb0000, 8192KB

and are running

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software Version 9.1(2)
Device Manager Version 7.1(3)

Both are configured with failover so if internet connection in building A stops working, building A firewall uses building B's internet connection.

The firewalls are also set up with failover.

So we now have redundancy for both internet and firewalls.

The problems comes when the monitoring doesn't work correctly.

We set up so that the firewall pings every 10 seconds and if it didn't get a responce it'd fall over the the other buildings internet connection. It then fell over about 3 times per hour which meant that all the vpn tunnels and hosts connected were dropped.

Now it's configured to fall over after 2 pings as so

sla monitor 10
type echo protocol ipIcmpEcho interface outside
num-packets 2
frequency 10
sla monitor schedule 10 life forever start-time now

Anyway to my question, given that we have two internet connections and two firewalls can we not set up another rule in the firewall so that if the ping to fails then it trys a different DNS server and then only after failing on both it fails over? Can you set up two static routes if you only have one ISP gateway to send the pings to?

Please see attached picture - I blanked out the external IP addresses


  • eteneten Member Posts: 67 ■■□□□□□□□□
    With IOS routers, you can set up two ip sla monitor with 2 different tracking objects to your different DNS servers. Then you would create your 3rd tracking object to get the result of the boolean AND operator of your first 2 objects.

    track 1 ip sla 1 reachability

    track 2 ip sla 2 reachability

    track 10 list boolean and
    object 1
    object 2

    ip route 20 track 10

    With ASA 8.4 (my version), they don't support this feature. I came across a thread where a workaround was posted, but have not implemented something like this before. Not sure if it works.

    ASA1(config)# track ?

    configure mode commands/options:
    <1-500> Tracked object
    ASA1(config)# track 10 ?

    configure mode commands/options:
    rtr Response Time Reporter (RTR) entry
    ASA1(config)# track 10 rtr ?
    configure mode commands/options:
    <[URL="tel:1-2147483647"]1-2147483647[/URL]> Entry number
    ASA1(config)# track 10 rtr 1 ?

    configure mode commands/options:
    reachability Reachability
    ASA1(config)# track 10 rtr 1 re
    ASA1(config)# track 10 rtr 1 reachability ?
    configure mode commands/options:
  • sofucasofuca Registered Users Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Fabulous, thanks for that. I'll test it out and then go live once I understand exactly what's going on.

    Do you know if there is any way of configuring email alerts for when the connection falls over to the backup IPS, so saving having to log into the console and typing sh track 1
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