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Licenses and Failover

Contributor (11)
Nov 14, 2012 8:53pm

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?

Contributor (11)
Nov 19, 2007 11:22pm
The grace period that muttbarker referred to is 10 days
Contributor (11)
Nov 15, 2012 11:25am

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.

Contributor (11)
Dec 27, 2012 8:11pm
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.
Contributor (11)
Nov 15, 2013 10:25am

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.?

    Contributor (11)
    Correct Answer
    Nov 15, 2013 11:40am

    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.

Contributor (11)
Nov 15, 2013 12:45pm

Thank you very much for the great information so quickly!


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Contributor (0)
Jun 14, 2017 11:37pm

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?
    Pulse Secure Contributor (16)
    Jun 22, 2017 4:55am
    yes it would