How to configure Site-to-site IPsec VPN using the Cisco Packet Tracer.

Cisco has made it possible to implement IPsec VPN on Packet Tracer by including security devices among the routers available on the platform. Now you do not need to go through the stress of getting GNS3 and having to download Cisco IOS needed to successfully run it. By selecting the right devices on Packet Tracer and with the right setup, you can successfully
simulate a site-to-site IPsec VPN in five minutes!
In this tutorial, I will share with us on how to accomplish that. You can also request the Packet Tracer file used for this demonstration by dropping your email address in the comment section of this post.

Network topology

site-to-site vpn between cisco and mikrotik routers
Network diagram showing site-to-site ipsec connection

The Cisco 2811 router was used as the Internet router, while the 1841 security router was deployed in Mumbai and Paris offices. We have a https server in Paris that needs to be securely accessed from Mumbai. To make sure that https request from Mumbai to the server in Paris remain secure, we need to set up site-to-site IPsec VPN between Mumbai and Paris.

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On Internet router

Router#conf t
Router(config)#hostname Internet
Internet(config)#int s0/3/0
Internet(config-if)#clock rate 64000
Internet(config-if)#ip add
Internet(config-if)#desc connection to Mumbai
Internet(config-if)#no shut
Internet(config-if)#int s0/1/0
Internet(config-if)#clock rate 64000
Internet(config-if)#ip add
Internet(config-if)#desc connection to Paris
Internet(config-if)#no shut
Internet#copy run start

On Mumbai router

Router#conf t
Router(config)#hostname Mumbai
Mumbai(config)#int s0
Mumbai(config-if)#ip add
Mumbai(config-if)#desc connection to Internet
Mumbai(config-if)#no shut
Mumbai(config-if)#int f0
Mumbai(config-if)#ip add
Mumbai(config-if)#desc connection to LAN
Mumbai(config-if)#no shut
Mumbai(config)#ip route name to_isp

On Paris Router

Router#conf t
Router(config)#hostname Paris
Paris(config)#int s0
Paris(config-if)#ip add
Paris(config-if)#desc connection to Internet
Paris(config-if)#no shut
Paris(config-if)#int f0
Paris(config-if)#ip add
Paris(config-if)#desc connection to LAN
Paris(config-if)#no shut
Paris(config)#ip route name to_isp

Next, is VPN configuration on the Mumbai router. First of all, set up an access-list to match the traffics to be allowed through the VPN tunnel.

Mumbai(config)#ip access-list extended VPN

Mumbai(config-ext-nacl)#permit ip




Now, configure IPsec VPN to use the access-list named VPN. Authentication mode is pre-share key (TimiGate). The key must be the same on both routers. See below.

Mumbai(config)#crypto isakmp policy 1

Mumbai(config-isakmp)#authentication pre-share

Mumbai(config-isakmp)#crypto isakmp key TimiGate address (The public IP address of Paris router)


Mumbai(config)#crypto ipsec transform-set TGSET esp-aes esp-sha-hmac

Mumbai(config)#crypto map TGMAP 1 ipsec-isakmp

Mumbai(config-crypto-map)#set peer

Mumbai(config-crypto-map)#set transform-set TGSET

Mumbai(config-crypto-map)#match address VPN


Finally, on the Mumbai router, we MUST apply the crypto map to the interface connecting to the ISP.


Mumbai(config)#int s0/1/0

Mumbai(config-if)#crypto map TGMAP


Now, repeat the process on the Paris router, making sure the IP address of the peer router matches the public IP address configured on the Paris router. Remember, this IP must be reachable from the Mumbai router. First, the ACL.

Paris(config)#ip access-list extended VPN

Paris(config-ext-nacl)#permit ip



Next, the VPN configuration proper.

Paris(config)#crypto isakmp policy 1

Paris(config-isakmp)#authentication pre-share

Paris(config-isakmp)#crypto isakmp key TimiGate address (The public IP address of Paris router)


Paris(config)#crypto ipsec transform-set TGSET esp-aes esp-sha-hmac

Paris(config)#crypto map TGMAP 1 ipsec-isakmp

Paris(config-crypto-map)#set peer

Paris(config-crypto-map)#set transform-set TGSET

Paris(config-crypto-map)#match address VPN


Finally, apply the crypto-map to the WAN interface.


Paris(config)#int s0/1/0

Paris(config-if)#crypto map TGMAP


What to note:

The IPsec VPN configuration will be  in four phases.

1.Configuration of the access-list to match allowed traffics.

2.Configuration of the authentication phase which in this case makes use of pre-share key named TimiGate.

3.Configuration of the encryption phase which in this case uses esp-aes esp-sha-hmac

4.The placement of the crypto-map on the connecting interface. This must be the interface with the public IP used in the VPN configuration.



To see the status of IPSEC authentication, use the command #sh crypto ipsec sa command. See output below

IPSec vpn
Result of sh crypto ipsec sa

The show crypto isakmp sa command will show encryption status.

Result of sh crypto isakmp sa

Finally, I will try to access the server in Paris from the PC in Mumbai.

Ping result from PC0 to server0
Image showing web access to server0 from PC0

To get the packet Tracer file for this LAB, drop your email address in the comment box.

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46 thoughts on “How to configure Site-to-site IPsec VPN using the Cisco Packet Tracer.”

  1. Hello Michael,
    Could you please help s3nding LAB based for Cisco Site-to-Site IPSec VPN.

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards,

    • The requested file has been mailed to you. Kindly stay up to date by subscribing to this blog, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter and subscribe to the YouTube Channel.

  2. Wasn’t ipsec vpn taken off out of the exam… it’s not in course materials anyway plus you can implement ipsec for a long time

    • IPSec vpn is core for CCNA security. However, you don’t know networking, if you don’t know how to set up site to site IPSec vpn. This is just my humble opinion.

  3. Hello dear, hope you are fine. please i need your help
    i want to use your lab for a presentation in my school but i am a bit confused because they are many terms that i don’t understand like that functionality of the crypto map, of the authentication mode and all the key used.
    so if you could please write me a file where you explain every the line of your configuration, it will be very greatfull. please try and do something like that and send it to me. i really need it. please

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