AnyConnect Error: Unable To Verify IP Forwarding Table Modifications

KB ID 0001646


While attempting to connect to a clients AnyConnect, this happened;

VPN unable to modify IP Forwarding

The VPN client was unable to successfully verify the IP forwarding table modifications. A VPN connection will not be established.

Or on older clients, you may see;

The VPN client was unable to modify the IP forwarding table. A VPN connection will not be established. Please restart your computer or device, then try again.


I was trying to connect from my house, I’d used this connection before from work and it was fine. I worked my way round the problem got my work finished, then re-looked at it the next time I was working from home.

The problem is actually quite simple, take a look at the IP I was using in my house.

Overlapping IP VPN AnyConenct

Then take a look at the VPN Pool addresses that get allocated to the remote VPN clients (they overlap);

show run | incl pool

Overlapping IP VPN AnyConnect Error

Note: This assumes you are using an ‘IP Pool’, If you are using an external DHCP server at the ‘Head end’ then you will need to check/change the scope there.

AnyConnect – Using a Windows DHCP Server to Lease IP Addresses to the Remote Clients

I fixed the problem by simply changing the ‘pool’ so it didn’t overlap.

Change AnyConnect Subnet

WARNING: If you have any routing going on behind your firewall (i.e you have layer 3 switches internally, routing between networks or VLANS) you may need to change them to route the ‘new’ AnyConnect subnet back to the firewall.

Update: Solution Windows 10

If you are experiencing this problem on Windows 10, and the above solution is not applicable, consider deleting the following two files;

C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\routechangesv4.bin
C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\routechangesv6.bin

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Author: PeteLong

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  1. Hi PeteLong,

    I’m facing the same problem but I’m pretty sure that the network that laptop connected to does not overlap with the VPN subnet and I tried 2 laptop, 1 failed, 1 succeeded while both connect with the same AP and have the same IP range.

    Do you have any idea?

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    • Check all the NICs (wireless and wired), and make sure it doesn’t have VMware workstation or something similar with a virtual NIC also.


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    • Please help!! I have been working from home fine. Suddenly I get the error message as above. I am not great with tech so cannot work through your solution……😔

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  2. I get the following error when I try to run the command “show run | incl pool”

    Errot I get = -sh: show: command not found
    -sh: incl: command not found

    Please advise

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    • Are you in enable mode? does the prompt and in a hash #

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      • Please show me enter enable mode

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        • Type the command ‘enable’

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      • NeuwaMacBookPro:/ neuwa$ show run | incl pool
        -sh: show: command not found
        -sh: incl: command not found
        NeuwaMacBookPro:/ neuwa$ en..
        -sh: en..: command not found
        NeuwaMacBookPro:/ neuwa$ en
        -sh: en: command not found
        NeuwaMacBookPro:/ neuwa$

        This is me trying to run those commands. But I am not able to enter enable made

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        • You run those commands on the firewall not your MacBook?

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          • I ran the commands on my macbook

          • yeah I saw that, you run them on the firewall.

          • This happened to me when I had both Wi-Fi and Ethernet on at the same time for some reason. When I turned off Wi-Fi, I still had the Wi-Fi assigned IP address. What worked for me is just renewing the DHCP lease (from Network settings, click advanced, then ‘renew DHCP lease’).

  3. I would have this problem from time to time with clients. They would hookup to their home network and get a private IP and get this error when connecting. I would tell them to reboot and whatever conflict was resolved.

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