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Licenses and Failover

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Licenses and Failover

We currently have two seperate Mag 2600's which are not in a cluster, is it possible to cluster the two units and not lose any configuration? Presently we manually mirror the configuration each time there is a change.

 

Once the devices are clustered, can we share our existing licenses in a pool? We currently have 50 per site and would like to combine that as a shared pool, is this possible?

 

Is there a way to automatically transfer a user who logs into a site which has reached it's license capacity without having the user authenticate twice into the web portal?

 

After a site has reached it's license capacity, how long does it take for the device to notify the end user the licenses have been consumed?

 

If we ever decide to lease licenses, how does this feature work?

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Respected Contributor

Re: Licenses and Failover

The grace period that muttbarker referred to is 10 days
Valued Contributor

Re: Licenses and Failover

If you have two boxes - each with an "Add 50" users license - you can cluster them and have a total of 100 available licenses. If you break the cluster then you will again have two boxes with 50 licenses each. Clustering gives you the shared configuration with no need to update individual boxes. 

 

When you have a cluster you essentially have "one" box. An active / passive cluster truely has one box up while an active / active cluster has two boxes with a load balancer pushing users as desired. As it is one virtual box you don't have to worry about licensing until you get to the user who will be over your licensed capacity (in your case 100) That user will receive a license warning message. As will the next "X" users up to a 10% limit of your license capacity. After that any user trying to login will be denied access and receive a license exceeded error message. 

 

Hope this helps.

Respected Contributor

Re: Licenses and Failover

Leased licenses work by having another unit that the cluster connects to for receiving the license information, rather than having each mode host the information individually.
New Contributor

Re: Licenses and Failover

If you have a cluster with two devices and 50 licenses per unit (total of 100) and one of the devices dies, do you go back to only having 50 available licenses? My concern is that if one dies, and the licenses do not shift to the working device in the cluster, how can I move them off, etc.?

Valued Contributor

Re: Licenses and Failover

both boxes know about all licenses. So you have 100 on the functioning box and you have a grace period to fix the second box.

New Contributor

Re: Licenses and Failover

Thank you very much for the great information so quickly!

Justin

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Re: Licenses and Failover

Hello,

Is it possible to have two MAG2600 in a active/passive cluster with 100 licenses on each one? The cluster will have a max of 200? I know this would cause 200 devices to failover for 10days, but this would allow 200 concurrent users in a cluster?
ruc
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Re: Licenses and Failover

yes it would
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Re: Licenses and Failover

And this is true even in an active/passive cluster?  50 licenses/50 licenses = 100 concurrent users.  In case of one node failing you have 10 days to replace the failed node and still fully utilize the 100 (50/50) concurrent user licenses?