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[20060519] Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP) integrated
Liam J. Foy has committed his work on the Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP) to NetBSD-current. To quote from his mail, ``CARP is the Common Address Redundancy Protocol. Its primary purpose is to allow multiple hosts on the same network segment to share an IP address. CARP is a secure, free alternative to the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol and the Hot Standby Router Protocol.

CARP works by allowing a group of hosts on the same network segment to share an IP address. This group of hosts is referred to as a "redundancy group". The redundancy group is assigned an IP Address that is shared amongst the group members. Within the group, one host is designated the "master" and the rest as "backups". The master host is the one that currently "holds" the shared IP; it responds to any traffic or ARP requests directed towards it. Each host may belong to more than one redundancy group at a time.

One common use for CARP is to create a group of redundant firewalls. The virtual IP that is assigned to the redundancy group is configured on client machines as the default gateway. In the event that the master firewall suffers a failure or is taken offline, the IP will move to one of the backups firewalls and the service will continue unaffected.

CARP supports IPv4 and IPv6.''

See his mail for a lot more information on how to enable CARP and example configurations.

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[20060302] CARP Patch
``CARP is a tool to help achieve system redundancy, by having multiple computers creating a single, virtual network interface between them, so that if any machine fails, another can respond instead, and/or allowing a degree of load sharing between systems.''

Liam J. Foy worked on porting CARP to NetBSD, and has a first patch available for posting, see his mail for more information and example usage. Information on CARP is available in the OpenBSD FAQ.

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