static NAT and IPSec VPN

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Aug 13th, 2007

This maybe stupid but may somebody help on this.

Site A --- Internet --- Site B

An IPSec VPN is implemented between Site A and Site B. Some "nat 0" commands are used on Site A PIX to avoid addresses being translated when communicating with site B.

But now there is a problem, there are several public servers which have static NAT entries by "static" command. And it looks like these entry will still be valid even if the "nat 0" is presenting. And thus those inside IPs which have a static NAT, will be translated once it reaches the PIX and can not go via the VPN tunnel.

May someone advise me how to overcome this? Thanks.

I have this problem too.
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acomiskey Mon, 08/13/2007 - 04:50

Your question really pertains to the nat order of operations. Nat 0 (nat exemption) is first in the order. It preceeds all other including static nat. The servers you mention will absolutely be included in the nat 0 unless they are specifically denied in the nat 0 acl.

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