ECMP + 3 Internet links + Outgoing traffic

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ECMP + 3 Internet links + Outgoing traffic

L3 Networker

Hello friends!


We have now 3 ISPs, we started to use load balancing (all methoeds tested);



Problem: Sometimes, packets from PA220, interface 1/4 (ISP 1),  goes out to internet thru interface 1/5 (ISP 2).

User's traffic with no problem.. But PA220 internet traffic (VPN establishment for example) is inconsistent.




PA220 VPN initial IKE traffic example

VPN Gateway A

PA220 IP a.a.a.a (int 1/4)  >>> peer IP b.b.b.b


At monitor > traffic we see

IP a.a.a.a (int 1/4) going thru int 1/5

VPN doesnt establish


Scenario as per below:

"VR-LAN" for LAN (lan interface + tunnel intrefaces)

"VR-WAN" for Internet links (all default routes with same cost)



Is there a way to internet traffic from PA220 be out of that load balacing ?


L6 Presenter

Your diagram has 2 firewalls but you're referencing specific interfaces in different firewalls.  Can you explain a bit more how it's cabled up?

Hello.... we have 2 in HA... we deal with just 1... the active one...

Just setup a static route to the public IP on the endpoint for the VPN, via 1 of the 3 interfaces.

This way the VPN wil always go out via this specific route instead of randomly (as dictated via ECMP)

For redundancy you could setup multiple tunnels and have routing figure out the best path, but that would only work when the other side has a PaloAlto as well (or a Juniper SRX/SSG).


hello thanks for the reply... but the VPN doesnt establish very well..... because of the worng behavior at public interface... 

INT 1/4 public IP is gateway is

But that traffic from 1/4 ( is going thru 1/5.... (NATed to 1/5 IP) and then VPN doesnt establish (the other side expect )


that is the main problem... 

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