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



Article ID: KB10121 KB Last Updated: 18 Dec 2020Version: 7.0

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:

  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;
  1. Locate the expected egress interface based on the route to the 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
  1. Do the interfaces found in Step 1 and Step 2 match?

  • Yes -  No changes are necessary.

  • No - If the VPN external-interface in Step 1 is using a loopback interface, no changes are necessary. Otherwise, edit the IKE gateway external-interface to reflect the egress interface towards the peer found in Step 2.
root@CORPORATE# set security ike gateway gw_srx1 external-interface ge-0/0/8
root@CORPORATE# commit


Modification History:
  • 2020-12-18: Removed J-Web instructions and made minor other modifications; article valid and accurate

  • 2020-02-25: Minor, non-technical edits.


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