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LAN-2-LAN IPSec - GRE or not?

I need to setup Lan-to-Lan VPNs to between 3 routers. Each router has one interface on our public LAN and one int on a private 192.168 network.

I have sucessfully configured the first pair of routers, with an IPsec connection between R1 and R2. Trying to add a new IPsec connection between R2 and R3 has been a problem. It looks like I can only apply one crypto map on an interface.

When done, I need 3 IPsec connections, R1-R2, R2-R3 and R3-R1. What is the best way to do this? Do I need to use GRE tunnels and tunnel interfaces? Or is there a better way?

Thank you,

Remy

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Re: LAN-2-LAN IPSec - GRE or not?

I would like to add some information to my post above.

The current working config uses IPsec without GRE. It works fine between 2 routers.

My problem is how to expand this to more than 2 routers. The traffic will only be IP unicast, there is no NAT involved and no dynamic routing. If I can avoid GRE, it'd be easier.

Thank you,

Remy

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Re: LAN-2-LAN IPSec - GRE or not?

sounds like you want to 2 remote sites to talk to each other. That would be a fully meshed IPSEC connection. I also included Hub in Spoke if you want it. If you want to pass RPs or broadcasts accross the IPSEC connection I would use GRE. If you are using unicast traffic I would use a non GRE IPSEC solution.

fully meshed

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/tech/tk583/tk372/technologies_configuration_example09186a008014f8ab.shtml

hub and spoke

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/tech/tk583/tk372/technologies_configuration_example09186a008009463b.shtml

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Re: LAN-2-LAN IPSec - GRE or not?

Jay,

thanks for the links. The doc on the fully meshed configuration answered my question.

I had initially created 2 crypto maps, and only one could be bound to the interface. The document indicated how to combine two tunnels whithin a single crypto map. Problem is resolved.

Thanks again.

Remy

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Re: LAN-2-LAN IPSec - GRE or not?

Have you considered dynamic multipoint vpn (DMPVN)?

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