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[SRX] The message, 'error: bad next-hop' is seen when IP Monitoring is configured



Article ID: KB31164 KB Last Updated: 04 Mar 2017Version: 2.0

This article explains why the message, 'error: bad next-hop' is seen IP monitoring is configured.


After committing, the following message is returned:

set services ip-monitoring policy TEST then preferred-route route 0/0 next-hop fe-0/0/2.0
error: bad next-hop, fe-0/0/2.0 is not point-to-point
error: configuration check-out failed

Since 12.1X46-D15, the interface type checks for next-hop. Only a P2P (point to point) interface is supported. As a result, an error message is shown when an invalid configuration is committed.

Prior to 12.1X46-D15, even if there is no error message returned, the IP Monitoring does not work as expected.


Use the peer IP address instead of the interface name.

set services ip-monitoring policy TEST then preferred-route route 0/0 next-hop

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