High Availability & Hardware Failover¶
OPNsense utilizes the Common Address Redundancy Protocol or CARP for hardware failover. Two or more firewalls can be configured as a failover group. If one interface fails on the primary or the primary goes offline entirely, the secondary becomes active.
Utilizing this powerful feature of OPNsense creates a fully redundant firewall with automatic and seamless fail-over. While switching to the backup network connections will stay active with minimal interruption for the users.
If the primary firewall becomes unavailable, the secondary firewall will take over without user intervention and minimal interruption.
Synchronized state tables¶
The firewall’s state table is replicated to all failover configured firewalls. This means the existing connections will be maintained in case of a failure, which is important to prevent network disruptions.
OPNsense includes configuration synchronization capabilities. Configuration changes made on the primary system are automatically synchronized to the secondary firewall.