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All traffic should now be flowing through the primary FortiGate. If the primary FortiGate becomes unavailable, traffic fails over to the backup FortiGate. When the primary FortiGate rejoins the cluster, the backup FortiGate should continue operating as the primary FortiGate.

To test this, ping a reliable IP address from a PC on the internal network. After a moment, power off the primary FortiGate.

Note

If you are using port monitoring, you can also unplug the primary FortiGate's Internet-facing interface to test failover

You will see a momentary pause in the ping results, until traffic diverts to the backup FortiGate, allowing the ping traffic to continue.

64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=69 ttl=52 time=8.719 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=70 ttl=52 time=8.822 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=71 ttl=52 time=9.034 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=72 ttl=52 time=9.536 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=73 ttl=52 time=8.877 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=74 ttl=52 time=8.901 ms\
Request timeout for icmp_seq 75\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=76 ttl=52 time=8.860 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=77 ttl=52 time=9.174 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=78 ttl=52 time=10.108 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=79 ttl=52 time=8.719 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=80 ttl=52 time=10.861 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=81 ttl=52 time=10.757 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=82 ttl=52 time=8.158 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=83 ttl=52 time=8.639 ms}

You can log into the cluster GUI or CLI using the same IP address as you had been using to the log into the primary FortiGate. If the primary FortiGate is powered off you will be logging into the backup FortiGate. Check the host name to verify the FortiGate that you have logged into. The FortiGate continues to operate in HA mode and if you restart the primary FortiGate, after a few minutes it should rejoin the cluster and operate as the backup FortiGate. Traffic should not be disrupted when the restarted primary unit rejoins the cluster.

Results

All traffic should now be flowing through the primary FortiGate. If the primary FortiGate becomes unavailable, traffic fails over to the backup FortiGate. When the primary FortiGate rejoins the cluster, the backup FortiGate should continue operating as the primary FortiGate.

To test this, ping a reliable IP address from a PC on the internal network. After a moment, power off the primary FortiGate.

Note

If you are using port monitoring, you can also unplug the primary FortiGate's Internet-facing interface to test failover

You will see a momentary pause in the ping results, until traffic diverts to the backup FortiGate, allowing the ping traffic to continue.

64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=69 ttl=52 time=8.719 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=70 ttl=52 time=8.822 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=71 ttl=52 time=9.034 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=72 ttl=52 time=9.536 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=73 ttl=52 time=8.877 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=74 ttl=52 time=8.901 ms\
Request timeout for icmp_seq 75\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=76 ttl=52 time=8.860 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=77 ttl=52 time=9.174 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=78 ttl=52 time=10.108 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=79 ttl=52 time=8.719 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=80 ttl=52 time=10.861 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=81 ttl=52 time=10.757 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=82 ttl=52 time=8.158 ms\
64 bytes from 184.25.76.114: icmp_seq=83 ttl=52 time=8.639 ms}

You can log into the cluster GUI or CLI using the same IP address as you had been using to the log into the primary FortiGate. If the primary FortiGate is powered off you will be logging into the backup FortiGate. Check the host name to verify the FortiGate that you have logged into. The FortiGate continues to operate in HA mode and if you restart the primary FortiGate, after a few minutes it should rejoin the cluster and operate as the backup FortiGate. Traffic should not be disrupted when the restarted primary unit rejoins the cluster.