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OpenVPN and CARP¶
OpenVPN works well with High Availability using CARP. To provide a high availability OpenVPN solution with CARP, configure the OpenVPN server or client to use the CARP VIP with the Interface option and configure clients to connect to that CARP VIP.
When XMLRPC Configuration Synchronization settings are enabled, OpenVPN instances will automatically synchronize. The connection state isn’t retained between hosts so clients must reconnect after failover occurs, but OpenVPN will detect the connection failure and reconnect within a minute or so of failover. High Availability and CARP are discussed further in High Availability.
When a CARP VIP is selected as the Interface for an OpenVPN instance the firewall will automatically shut down OpenVPN client instances as needed when a CARP node is in a BACKUP state. This prevents OpenVPN from making unnecessary outbound connections in client mode. When the CARP VIP status transitions to MASTER, the OpenVPN instances are started automatically.