Cisco ASA to Juniper SRX Site to Site VPN
KB ID 0000710
You want to establish a site to site VPN from a site with a Cisco ASA firewall, to another site running a Juniper SRX firewall. I had to do this this week, and struggled to find any good information to help.
In the example below I’m configuring the whole thing from a laptop (172.16.254.206) that’s on the Juniper’s site. Use the diagram below, and substitute your own IP addresses and subnet addresses, to get a workable solution for your site.
When the process is complete, I will test it by pinging the host behind the Cisco ASA on the remote site (10.254.254.5).
Before you begin, I will assume both firewalls are functioning properly and the clients behind them can access internet services (where allowed) through them already.
Step 1 – Configure the ASA
Model used Cisco ASA 5505 v8.4 (ASDM 6.4)
4. IKE version 1 > Next.
5. Enter the Local (behind the ASA) network > Then the Remote (behind the Juniper) network > Next.
Note: You can type them in, but if you use the pick-list button you can select ‘inside-network’ for the local, and define a network object for the remote network.
6. Enter a pre shared key, (remember this, you need to enter it on the Juniper).
9. Review the settings > Finish
11. Save the changes > File > Save running Configuration to Flash.
Step 2 – Configure the Juniper SRX (Route Based VPN)
Model used SRX100B version 11.2R4.3
The SRX support two types of VPN
- Route based VPN – VPN selection is done based on the route. In this you define a route pointing to the tunnel interface (st0 interface) bound to the VPN.
- Policy based VPN – VPN is selected based on the policy.
12. Log onto the Juniper Web Device Manager.
13. Tasks > Configure VPN > Launch VPN Wizard.
14. Accept the default of Site-to-site > Start.
15. Give the tunnel a name > Set the local zone to trust > Add in the local subnet (behind the Juniper) > Name the Secure Tunnel Interface (just put in a zero) > Set the secure tunnel zone to Untrust > Enter the physical address the VPN will be terminating on, (usually the fe0/0/0.0 interface, but it does not have to be) > Next.
Note: On the Juniper, when specifying a subnet use the short subnet notation, i.e. 192.168.1.0 255.255.255.0 would be 192.168.1.0/24 (if you get stuck use my subnet calculator).
17. Set the IKE (phase 1) settings to Compatible, Main Mode, enter the same pre shared key you setup in Step 1 (number 6) > Set the IPSEC (phase 2) settings to Compatible, IPsec Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) to group 2 > Next.
18. Accept the defaults > Next.
19. Review the settings > Commit.
Step 3 – Additional Steps required (for Cisco ASA)
21. Navigate to Security > Zones/Screen > Select the untrust zone > Edit > Host Inbound traffic – Interface > Select the physical address that the VPN is terminating on (usually fe-0/0/0.0) > Add IKE as an Interface service > OK.
22. To save the changes > Action > Commit.
23. Test the VPN by attempting to ping a host on the other end.
Juniper SRX Command Line
If you want you can execute the below commands on CLI to get the “set” commands
show security ike | display set
show security ipsec | display set
show | display set | match <external interface configured in ike>
show | display set | match <st.x>
Above commands will give you the “set” commands for cli.
Related Articles, References, Credits, or External Links
Special thanks to Kalanidhi Tripathi at JTAC for his assistance.
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