ARP cache not working
Hello pfsense team and thanks for the superious stuff!
Last week I saw a serious problem trying to implement pfsense in a papermachine network.
I tried to migrate functionality of two Layer3 switches to two pfsense PCs:
-atttached to each Layer3 Switch one pfsense PC
-removed the routing from the layer3 switch
-setup VLANs for bringing the packets from the layer3 switch ports to the pfsense PC
-setup pfsense VLAN interfaces with static IP and CARP
-everything was working properly at the first check
Now the problem:
-suddenly I werent able to reach IP addresses after they dropped out of the ARP cache because of timeout
-no ARP-request were going out on the VLAN interface when trying a ping to these dropped addresses (checked with "Packet Capture")
-the ARP cache showed me a "timeout" of entries but after "arp -d xxx.yyy.zzz.aaa" there were still no ARP requests going out, still the "timeout" message using "arp -a"
-I cannot make further tests at the origin network (far away, loss of production)
-I cannot reproduce it actually in office.
-searching the web I have only found "switch" problems or one FreeBSD issue but without any answers
Does somebody have seen something similar? Where should I try to dig around (CARP, VLAN, IP settup)?
Thanks a lot,