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Note: A single or HA member using its MGMT port for Grid communications cannot be separated from the Grid Master behind a NAT appliance. For more information, see Using the MGMT Port.



Figure 5.5 Grid Master in NAT Group



The same use of NAT groups that applies to a Grid Master also applies to Master Candidates. If there are no other members behind the same NAT appliance as a Master Candidate, then the Master Candidate does not need to be in a NAT group. It always uses its NAT address for Grid communications. If another member is behind the same NAT appliance as the Master Candidate, then both the candidate and that member need to be in the same NAT group so that—if the candidate becomes master—they can use their interface addresses to communicate with each other (see Figure 5.6).

Figure 5.6 Grid Master and Master Candidate in NAT Groups

Although some members might not need to be in a NAT group, it is good practice to put all members in NAT groups in anticipation of adding or rearranging Grid members within the network. For example, in Figure 5.4Figure 5.6, Member 4 did not need to be in a NAT group until it became configured as a Master Candidate in bookmark596. At that point, because Member 5 is also behind the same NAT appliance, it became necessary to create NAT Group 2 and add Members 4 and 5 to it. Similarly, if you add another member behind the NAT appliance in front of Member 3, then you must create a new NAT group and add Member 3 and the new member to it. Always using NAT groups can simplify such changes to the Grid and ensure that NAT appliances never interrupt Grid communications.
To create a NAT group:

  1. From the Grid tab, select the Grid Manager tab.
  2. Expand the Toolbar and select Grid Properties -> Edit.
  3. In the Grid Properties editor, select the NAT Groups tab.
  4. Click the Add icon, and enter a name in the Name field and optionally, a comment in the Comment field.
  5. Save the configuration and click Restart if it appears at the top of the screen.

To add members to the NAT group:

  1. From the Grid tab, select the Grid Manager tab -> Members tab.
  2. Select a Grid member and click the Edit icon.
  3. In the Grid Member Properties editor, select the Network -> Advanced tab and complete the following:
    • Enable NAT Compatibility (IPv4 only): Select this check box. NAT group is not supported by IPv6 appliances.
    • NAT Group: From the drop-down list, select the NAT group you previously created.
    • NAT Addresses: For a single Grid Master or member, enter the address configured on the NAT appliance that maps to the interface address of the LAN1 port. A single master or member that serves DNS uses this NAT address for Grid communications and—if it serves DNS—DNS messages.

For an HA Grid Master or member, enter the address configured on the NAT appliance that maps to its VIP address. An HA master uses its VIP NAT address when communicating with Grid members. An HA member that serves DNS uses its VIP NAT address for its DNS messages. It uses its LAN1 port NAT address for Grid communications.

  • Node 1 (if HA)
    • NAT IP Address: Enter the address configured on the NAT appliance that maps to the interface address of the LAN1 port on Node 1. When Node 1 of an HA member is active, it uses its NAT address for Grid communications.
  • Node 2 (if HA)
    • NAT IP Address: Enter the address configured on the NAT appliance that maps to the interface address of the LAN1 port on Node 2. When Node 2 of an HA member is active, it uses its NAT address for Grid communications.

4. Save the configuration and click Restart if it appears at the top of the screen.

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