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Site to Site PIX VPN setup

Posted on 2006-06-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-12

I have been given the job of setting up one end of a VPN tunnel on a Cisco 515E-UR using the following information

"site A" External IP addr -
VPN Shared key - verysecure
Encryption method - 3DES-168
Hide NAT at "site B" -

I am used to setting up netscreen firewalls and this does not seem like enough information to me. Can anyone advise me if this is possible with the information and what configuration steps i will need to take.

Many Thanks

Rob J
Question by:SmartFix
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Expert Comment

ID: 16988081
Hi Rob

Is this a PIX at each end?  If so - what OS is the PIX running on?  6.x or 7.x?
You will need to elaborate on what you mean by "Hide NAT at "site B" -"

Here is a URL for configuring a basic PIX>PIX IPSec tunnel using DES - just replace this with 3DES for your tunnel:

hope this helps

Author Comment

ID: 16988623
I will find out the PIX OS and should have result on OS by 10am GMT I think it will be around 3 years old the PDM is 3.0(1) if that helps

THe config is for the remote PIX which we need to match at our end

Hide NAT at remote site - 10.127.**.**  (I only have ideas as to what his is about)

Maybe a diagram can help

Site A    -   PIX   -   WWW   -   PIX   -   DMZ   -   Client PC

Just had a quick look at the link unfortunately I am a child of the Web GUI so it will take a while to translate but i should be able to work out if it is relevant.


Author Comment

ID: 16990952
Pix version 6.3(3)

Licensed Features:
Failover:                    Enabled
VPN-DES:                     Enabled
VPN-3DES-AES:                Enabled
Maximum Physical Interfaces: 6
Maximum Interfaces:          10
Cut-through Proxy:           Enabled
Guards:                      Enabled
URL-filtering:               Enabled
Inside Hosts:                Unlimited
Throughput:                  Unlimited
IKE peers:                   Unlimited
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Expert Comment

ID: 16991345
Here you go mate - PDM example of how to configure the tunnel with PIX 6.X

This should get you going:

Again - this uses DES as encryption - just change to 3DES and you're set
hope this helps

Author Comment

ID: 17010932
Plot thickens

PIX to VPN concentrator

Think they want us to NAT all internal to a single IP for the tunnel? IP is not related to anything i know of?

Nothing has worked so far

Concentrator config

Bi directional
Auth -ESP/MD5/HMAC-128
Encrypt 3DES-168
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Accepted Solution

nodisco earned 350 total points
ID: 17014410
<<Think they want us to NAT all internal to a single IP for the tunnel?

To me it sounds like they want to nat the internal range to a different range that does not conflict with something on their side - its the only reason i can think of that they would want you to nat it.  Here is a sample config for configuring a PIX 6.(x) to a VPN concentrator where you have to nat the PIX range - it should do exactly what you wish.
Remember that when you are configuring the tunnel, you will need to initiate a connection from inside either the PIX or Concentrator to bring the tunnel up - it won't just come up itself.


hope this helpe

Author Comment

ID: 17017335
It gets worse.... my head hurts so near to giving up, I have tried everything my non pix brain can handle

If I add

!--- Defines IPSec interesting traffic.
!--- Note that the host behind PIX communicates
!--- to Private_LAN1 using
!--- When the packets arrive at the PIX, they are first  
!--- translated to and then encrypted by IPSec.

access-list 101 permit ip 10.**7.*5.0
ip address outside 82.***.***.50
ip address inside

!--- Static translation defined to translate Private_LAN2
!--- from to

static (outside,inside) netmask 0 0

!--- Static translation defined to translate Private_LAN1
!--- from to 10.**7.*5.0/24.
!--- Note that this translation is used for both
!--- VPN and Internet traffic from Private_LAN1.
!--- A routable global IP address range, or an extra NAT
!--- at the ISP router (in front of PIX), is
!--- required if Private_LAN1 also needs internal access.

static (inside,outside) 10.**7.*5.0 netmask 0 0
route outside 129.***.***.78 1
sysopt connection permit-ipsec

!--- Defines IPSec encryption and authentication algorithms.

crypto ipsec transform-set myset esp-3des esp-md5-hmac

!--- Defines crypto map.

crypto map vpn 10 ipsec-isakmp
crypto map vpn 10 match address 101
crypto map vpn 10 set peer 129.***.***.78
crypto map vpn 10 set transform-set myset

!--- Apply crypto map on the outside interface.

crypto map vpn interface outside
isakmp enable outside

!--- Defines pre-shared secret (cisco123) used for IKE authentication.

isakmp key ******* address 129.***.***.78 netmask
isakmp identity address

!--- Defines ISAKMP policy.

isakmp policy 1 authentication pre-share
isakmp policy 1 encryption 3des
isakmp policy 1 hash md5
isakmp policy 1 group 1
isakmp policy 1 lifetime 86400


To the main config

PIX Version 6.3(3)
interface ethernet0 100full
interface ethernet1 100full
interface ethernet2 100full
nameif ethernet0 outside security0
nameif ethernet1 inside security100
nameif ethernet2 failover security25

hostname PIX
domain-name abc.com
fixup protocol dns maximum-length 512
fixup protocol ftp 21
fixup protocol h323 h225 1720
fixup protocol h323 ras 1718-1719
fixup protocol http 80
fixup protocol rsh 514
fixup protocol rtsp 554
fixup protocol sip 5060
fixup protocol sip 5061
fixup protocol sip udp 5060
fixup protocol skinny 2000
fixup protocol smtp 25
fixup protocol sqlnet 1521
fixup protocol tftp 69

access-list inside_outbound_nat0_acl permit ip

access-list outside_cryptomap_dyn_20 permit ip any
access-list OUT->IN deny icmp any any echo
access-list OUT->IN deny icmp any any echo-reply

pager lines 24
mtu outside 1500
mtu inside 1500
mtu failover 1500
ip address outside 82.***.***.50
ip address inside
ip address failover
ip verify reverse-path interface outside
ip audit info action alarm
ip audit attack action alarm drop
ip local pool vpnpool1
failover timeout 0:00:00
failover poll 15
failover replication http
failover ip address outside 82.***.***.61
failover ip address inside
failover ip address failover
failover link failover
pdm location outside
pdm location outside
pdm location outside
pdm location inside
pdm location inside
pdm history enable
arp timeout 14400
global (outside) 1 interface
nat (inside) 0 access-list inside_outbound_nat0_acl
nat (inside) 1 0 0
static (inside,outside) 82.***.***.52 netmask 0 0
static (inside,outside) 82.***.***.51 netmask 0 0
access-group OUT->IN in interface outside
rip inside default version 1
route outside 82.***.***.49 1
timeout xlate 3:00:00
timeout conn 1:00:00 half-closed 0:10:00 udp 0:02:00 rpc 0:10:00 h225 1:00:00
timeout h323 0:05:00 mgcp 0:05:00 sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00
timeout uauth 0:05:00 absolute
aaa-server TACACS+ protocol tacacs+
aaa-server RADIUS protocol radius
aaa-server RADIUS (inside) host sharedsecret timeout 10
aaa-server LOCAL protocol local
http server enable
http inside
no snmp-server location
no snmp-server contact
snmp-server community public
no snmp-server enable traps
floodguard enable
sysopt connection permit-ipsec
crypto ipsec transform-set ESP-3DES-SHA esp-3des esp-sha-hmac
crypto ipsec transform-set ESP-3DES-MD5 esp-3des esp-md5-hmac
crypto dynamic-map outside_dyn_map 20 match address outside_cryptomap_dyn_20
crypto dynamic-map outside_dyn_map 20 set transform-set ESP-3DES-SHA
crypto map outside_map 20 ipsec-isakmp
crypto map outside_map 20 match address outside_cryptomap_20

crypto map outside_map 20 set transform-set ESP-3DES-MD5
crypto map outside_map 65535 ipsec-isakmp dynamic outside_dyn_map
crypto map outside_map client authentication RADIUS
crypto map outside_map interface outside
isakmp enable outside
isakmp nat-traversal 20
isakmp policy 20 authentication pre-share
isakmp policy 20 encryption aes-256
isakmp policy 20 hash sha
isakmp policy 20 group 2
isakmp policy 20 lifetime 86400

vpngroup branch_remote address-pool vpnpool1
vpngroup branch_remote dns-server
vpngroup branch_remote wins-server

vpngroup branch_remote idle-time 1800
vpngroup branch_remote password ********
telnet inside
telnet timeout 3
ssh timeout 5
management-access inside
console timeout 0

 I loose the dialin VPN or worse, what am i missing, I am working remotely so if i loose the link the pix need a hard reset loosing all changes

The original plan seemed simple allow one PC to connect to a monitoring PC in another (very secure) LAN

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Expert Comment

ID: 17017422
hi Smartfix

Unfortunately I am about to travel and won't be able to work more on this.  I have requested assistance on your behalf.


Author Comment

ID: 17017433
Many thanks nodisco
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Assisted Solution

lrmoore earned 150 total points
ID: 17017551
>crypto dynamic-map outside_dyn_map 20 set transform-set ESP-3DES-SHA
>isakmp policy 20 encryption aes-256

Your policy does not match your transform-set
isakmp policy 20 encryption 3des


Author Comment

ID: 17019520
Think that one is for the dial-in clients
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Expert Comment

ID: 17019580
The policy does not match this one either:
>crypto map outside_map 20 set transform-set ESP-3DES-MD5

isakmp policy 20 encryption aes-256
isakmp policy 20 hash sha

Should match the transform set:
isakmp policy 20 encryption 3des
isakmp policy 20 hash md5

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