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[SRX] Dynamic VPN client connections fail when Destination NAT is also configured on the SRX



Article ID: KB33442 KB Last Updated: 25 Jan 2019Version: 1.0

This article provides information about the limitation while configuring Dynamic VPN with Destination NAT on the egress interface.


Dynamic VPN may not work when Destination NAT is configured on the egress interface because the IKE negotiation always happens on the primary IP address. The packets from the Pulse clients will reach the primary address and since Destination NAT is configured for that IP, pulse clients cannot establish a connection. Only HTTPS connections may succeed.

Example Topology:

Internal Network---------SRX-ge-2/0/5.0( Client

Specify the local-address (the secondary IP address) under the IKE gateway,

Example Configuration and Output:

root# edit security ike
[edit security ike]
gateway dyn-vpn-local-gw2 {
    ike-policy ike-dyn-vpn-policy;
    dynamic {
        hostname dynvpn;
        connections-limit 10;
        ike-user-type group-ike-id;
    external-interface ge-2/0/6.0;
    local-address    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    xauth access-profile dyn-vpn-access-profile;

Then it will successfully connect.

Pulse client IKE connection:

root# run show security ike sa
Index   State  Initiator cookie  Responder cookie  Mode           Remote Address
595595  UP     1840dbc8def62252  ba91c5fbfbd38cbb  Aggressive

Pulse client SA:

root# run show security ipsec sa
  Total active tunnels: 1
  ID    Algorithm       SPI      Life:sec/kb  Mon lsys Port  Gateway
  <67108880 ESP:aes-cbc-128/sha1 3e0f114d 3536/  500000 - root 56123
  >67108880 ESP:aes-cbc-128/sha1 a850df99 3536/  500000 - root 56123

IP assigned to Pulse client and username:

root# run show security ike active-peer
Remote Address       Port     Peer IKE-ID      XAUTH username          Assigned IP          56123    client1dynvpn    client1       

Primary and secondary IP addresses configured:

root# run show interfaces terse ge-2/0/6.0
Interface               Admin Link Proto    Local                 Remote
ge-2/0/5.0              up    up   inet /24       
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