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[J/SRX] How to determine if the IPsec IKE Gateway is configured for the correct outgoing interface



Article ID: KB10121 KB Last Updated: 25 Feb 2020Version: 6.0

This article explains how to verify if the VPN egress-interface configured matches the expected outgoing interface.


To ensure that the outgoing VPN interface configured in phase 1 matches, perform the following steps:


Step 1. Locate the current configured IKE external-interface.


root@CORPORATE# show security ike
policy ike_pol {
    mode main;
    proposal-set compatible;
    pre-shared-key ascii-text "$ABC123"; ## SECRET-DATA
gateway gw_srx1 {
    ike-policy ike_pol;
    external-interface ge-0/0/0;
  • Go to Configure > IPSec VPN > Auto Tunnel> Phase I.
  • Review External Interface column for Gateway in question.

Step 2. Locate the expected egress interface based on route to peer gateway.

root@CORPORATE> show route

inet.0: 4 destinations, 4 routes (4 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
+ = Active Route, - = Last Active, * = Both         *[Static/5] 00:01:11
                    > to via ge-0/0/8.0
  • Goto Monitor > Routing > Routing Information
  • Enter Peer Gateway address into Destination Address
  • Click on Search button
  • Verify Next-Hop column for egress-interface


Step 3. Do the interfaces found in Step 1 and Step 2 match? 

  • Yes -  No changes are necessary.

  • No, VPN external-inteface in Step 1 is using a loopback interface - No changes are necessary.


  • No - Edit the IKE gateway external-interface to reflect the egress interface towards peer found in Step 2.
    root@CORPORATE# set security ike gateway gw_srx1 external-interface ge-0/0/8
       root@CORPORATE# commit

  • Go to Configure > IPSec VPN > Auto Tunnel> Phase I
  • Click on gateway in question then cliek on Edit
  • Select interface from drop-down menu under External Interface
  • Click OK 
  • Cilck Commit Options then Commit
Modification History:
2020-02-25: minor non-technical edits.

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