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netscaler/citrix server send gratuitous arp which is not recordnised by S8 Core Switch

Userlevel 1
Our Customer is using a netscaler. Server (main&backup) is using same IP Address.

When there is an failover on server site, the server sends a gartuitous arp message.
The core switch (S8) does not recordnise this massage, so it too the default value of apr/mac timeout of 300sec the S8 will recordnise the MAC of the server which is now activ after failover.

is there any chance to get the gartuitous arp message tracked by the core without changing the arp/mac timeout?

many thanks!

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Userlevel 4
did you test with enabled gratuitous-arp-learning.

interface vlan.0.1010
ip address primary
ip gratuitous-arp-learning both
no shutdown

S8(su-config-intf-vlan.0.1010)->ip gratuitous-arp?
gratuitous-arp Enable updating existing arp binding from gratuitous-arp
gratuitous-arp-learning Enable learning new arp binding from gratuitous-arp

Userlevel 1
Hi Bastian,

does that have an impact on traffic/cpu performance?

Userlevel 4
no impact, just processing the gratuitous-arp packets and update the IP/MAC info as requested.
Userlevel 1
Thanks a lot for your quick help here!