Redundant tunnels

If you are using a VPN, you can create redundant tunnels.

There are two ways to build redundancy for your tunnels:
  • Using the same encryption domain behind both of your peers. This is the preferred method.
  • Using a different encryption domain behind each peer.

With the first method, you need to provide the same NAT address behind each of your peers to create a connection path using that address to your server. The path to your server could be the same physical machine or a mirror which provides identical services. With this method, your instance would use the same IP address to connect to your servers regardless of whether your primary or secondary tunnel is active. If you have more than one server, follow this same scheme for your additional servers. This method provides the most transparency to your users and is recommended.

The second method requires configuration in your instance to provide the redundancy. When the tunnel is used for LDAP, for example, you could provide redundant LDAP servers in your instance. Note that this method requires the connection to the first configured LDAP server to timeout before the instance attempts to connect to the secondary server. Because of this additional time delay, this solution should only be implemented if the first option is unattainable. Also note that not all services can be configured for redundantly in your instance. If you are using a VPN tunnel for something other than LDAP and redundancy is required, check that your configuration can support multiple addresses, or see the first option above.