Wired Intelligent Edge (Campus Switching and Routing)

What are the HA roles? How to configure? Whats are impact if we configure it incorrectly?

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Introduction :

Aruba has introduced a new backup mechanism called AP Fast Failover which aims to significantly reduce the failover time for APs. This will help customers having large-scale deployments in dealing with upgrades and unexpected failures more efficiently.

  • AP establish simultaneous communication channel with both active and standby controller
  • During a failover, the load from the APs on a standby controller is minimal
  • During a failover, the APs do not turn their radios off and on, thus minimizing the RF outage experience for an end-user
  • The solution works across L3 networks. There is no need for direct L2 connection between HA controllers
  • Apart from 1+1 (active-standby), AP Fast Failover supports 1:1 (active-active), N:1 and N+1 models


Feature Notes : This feature is introduced in 6.3 and further improvisation is done in 6.4. In this article we will focus about basic feature introduced in 6.3.


Environment : A master and local configured for AP fast failover and their High availability role defined.


Network Topology : Master (Active) -------Local (Standby)-------- APs


Configuration Steps :


Configure HA Group Profile

(Abilash-Lab-Cont-master-6.4) (config) #ha group-profile SFO
(Abilash-Lab-Cont-master-6.4) (HA group information "SFO") #controller role active
(Abilash-Lab-Cont-master-6.4) (HA group information "SFO") #controller role standby

(Abilash-Lab-Cont-master-6.4) (config) # ha group-memebership SFO
(Abilash-Lab-Cont-local-6.4) (config) # ha group-memebership SFO


Answer :


  • Active: Controller is active and serving APs
  • Dual: Controller serves some APs and acts as standby for other APs (1:1)
  • Standby: Controller does not serve APs, only acts as standby in case of failover



Verification :


Show commands that can be used are:

#show ha ap table
#show ha group-membership
#show ha ap  information  ip-addr





  1. AP Fast Failover in AOS 6.3 supports Campus AP in tunnel or decrypt-tunnel forwarding mode only. AP Fast Failover is NOT supported for RAP, CAP in bridge mode and Mesh.
  2. AP Fast Failover is not supported on APs 6x,7x. Those APs will failover using legacy slow failover
  3. When AP Fast Failover is enabled, it has higher precedence over legacy lms/backup-lms based failover. i.e, the APs will first attempt AP Fast Failover. In practice, the backup-lms ip should be removed when AP Fast Failover is defined.
  4. The IPs configured in the HA group-profile must be controller IPs (these cannot be vlan IPs or VRRP IPs).
  5. AP Fast Failover does not use VRRP. If VRRP is defined, the the lms-ip and bkup-lms-ip should be changed to reflect the controller ip.
  6. AP Fast Failover does not provide redundancy for controllers, and hence customers using VRRP for controller redundancy should continue to use it. AP Fast Failover can coexist with VRRP, as long as VRRP-IP is not used in ha group-profile.
  7. Defining controller in Dual Role is suggested. A controller in Standby Role will only take over APs failing from a failing controller in Active Role. A Standby controller will not allow APs to use this as the first controller for image upgrade or config download purposes, eg. if "aruba-master' has a DNS record with this IP. This is by design.
  8. If LMS-IP is used in the ap-system-profile to redirect the AP to another controller, make sure it reflects the controller-IP of an Active or Dual mode HA controller.
  9. If LMS-IP is not used in the ap-system-profile, then make sure the "aruba-master" DNS entry or DHCP option reflects the controller-IP of an Active or dual mode HA controller
  10. What is the behavior when HA config is removed? 1) All APs connected to the earlier HA-Active should bring down their tunnels to earlier HA-Standby. 2) On earlier HA-standby controller, it should clean-up all information related to those APs, including AP, bss, radio as well as datapath tunnels. It should also free up the licenses for those APs. 3) APs should continue to remain connected and functioning on the earlier HA-Active, as long as the LMS configuration doesn't change for those APs. There should not be any disruption to AP or client connectivity on the earlier HA-active.


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