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About active-active failover

HA failover in a cluster running in active-active mode is similar to active-passive failover described above. Active-active subordinate units are constantly waiting to negotiate to become primary units and, if session failover is enabled, continuously receive connection state information from the primary unit. If the primary unit fails, or one of the primary unit interfaces fails, the cluster units use the same mechanisms to detect the failure and to negotiate to select a new primary unit. If session failover is enabled, the new primary unit also maintains communication sessions through the cluster using the shared connection state table.

Active-active HA load balances sessions among all cluster units. For session failover, the cluster must maintain all of these sessions. To load balance sessions, the functioning cluster uses a load balancing schedule to distribute sessions to all cluster units. The shared connection state table tracks the communication sessions being processed by all cluster units (not just the primary unit). After a failover, the new primary unit uses the load balancing schedule to re-distribute all of the communication sessions recorded in the shared connection state table among all of the remaining cluster units. The connections continue to be processed by the cluster, but possibly by a different cluster unit, and are handled according to their last known state.