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data transfer between 2 IPSec tunnels ?

Hello all,

I'm currently trying to figure out if it is possible to transfer data between two "branch office sites" connected to a "central site" using IPSec tunnels.


Branch A <-- IPSec --> Central <-- IPSec --> Branch B

Is it possible to transfer data between A and B using Central as intermediate hop? The advantage of this setup would be, that only at the Central site access rules need to be configured.

I've tried to set this up in our lab environment... without success. When A wants to transfer data to B, a tunnel to Central is successfully established. But as Central wants to setup the 2nd tunnel to B an error message "peer not found" is displayed. It's the same the other way round.

2 Questions:

1) Is this setup possible in general?

2) If so, where can I find a sample configuration?

I'll be glad about any hints.


Sascha Ulfig


Re: data transfer between 2 IPSec tunnels ?

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Re: data transfer between 2 IPSec tunnels ?


What are you using at the central site, If it is a Pix, you will not be able to route traffic between the two branch sites since the pix will not redirect traffic, If all of these sites are routers I have seen it work best with GRE over ipsec. If you have a vpn3000 concentrator at the central site it should be very easy to make this work.


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Re: data transfer between 2 IPSec tunnels ?

Thanks for your replies. In the meantime a colleague of mine has found a sample configuration on CCO.

After all my setup was fine, except that the hub router had the wrong IOS version. 12.2(5)+ is needed.

The link for this is:

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