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[ScreenOS] What is a Proxy-ID and how is it configured?



Article ID: KB5565 KB Last Updated: 22 May 2019Version: 5.0
This article provides information about Proxy-ID and how to configure it on ScreenOS devices.
Information about Proxy-ID.

What is Proxy-ID

A proxy-ID is used during phase 2 of Internet Key Exchange (IKE) Virtual Private Network (VPN) negotiations. Both ends of a VPN tunnel either have a proxy-ID manually configured (route-based VPN) or just use a combination of source IP, destination IP, and service in a tunnel policy. When phase 2 of IKE is negotiated, each end compares the configured local and remote proxy-ID with what is actually received.


Assume that the incoming tunnel policy is as follows:







This device will use the following proxy-ID during phase 2 of IKE negotiations:

  • Local Proxy ID:

  • Remote Proxy ID:

  • Service:  Any

The configured proxy ID must match with what is received from the other device that is negotiating an IKE/IPSec tunnel. For example, for phase 2 to complete successfully for the example listed above, the outgoing tunnel policy on the remote device would have to be configured as follows:








How to configure Proxy-id for a route based VPN 

Using the information listed above, enter the command:

set vpn vpn1 proxy-id local-ip remote-ip any


Multiple Proxy ID

In ScreenOS release 6.3, a new feature with respect to PROXY-ID's is available; that is Multiple Proxy ID support on a Route-Based VPN. For more information, refer to KB16008 - Function of a new feature "Multiple Proxy ID support on a Route-Based VPN" (Supported started with ScreenOS 6.3).

Note: Proxy-id for a policy based VPN is taken from the address book you have configured in the policy.

Modification History:
2019-05-21: Added how to configure a Proxy ID to a VPN; and updated the applicable platforms

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