Emulate a IPSEC Site-to-Site tunnel with Cisco ASA 5520 in GNS3 Preparation Phase 1


We have multiple IPSEC Site-to-Site VPN tunnels within our company. The purpose of the VPN tunnels is to connect specific applications which are allocated within other companies. In production environments it is highly discouraged to change and test configurations. Because the Business these days does not accept any downtime.

Because of this i have chosen to emulate and learn the concepts of Site-to-Site IPSEC tunnels within a Lab environment.

Cisco ASA firewalls are expensive. For this reason I have chosen to emulate the software in GNS3.

GNS3 is free to download.
For more information follow this link: http://www.gns3.net/

Preparation in GNS3

Before we start with configuring the is a lot of preparation that needs to be done.

Step 1: What are the requirements? In this case a site-2-site IPSEC VPN. So we need 2 sites, 2 different networks, 2 firewalls in which 1 is a ASA.

Step 2: Design a Topology.


Topology 1

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