Sample configuration: Cisco ASA device (IKEv2/no BGP)

This article provides sample configurations for connecting Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) devices to Azure VPN gateways. The example applies to Cisco ASA devices that are running IKEv2 without the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).

Device at a glance

Device vendor Cisco
Device model ASA
Target version 8.4 and later
Tested model ASA 5505
Tested version 9.2
IKE version IKEv2
Azure VPN gateway type Route-based VPN gateway

The sample configuration connects a Cisco ASA device to an Azure route-based VPN gateway. The connection uses a custom IPsec/IKE policy with the UsePolicyBasedTrafficSelectors option, as described in this article.

The sample requires that ASA devices use the IKEv2 policy with access-list-based configurations, not VTI-based. Consult your VPN device vendor specifications to verify that the IKEv2 policy is supported on your on-premises VPN devices.

VPN device requirements

Azure VPN gateways use the standard IPsec/IKE protocol suites to establish Site-to-Site (S2S) VPN tunnels. For the detailed IPsec/IKE protocol parameters and default cryptographic algorithms for Azure VPN gateways, see About VPN devices.


You can optionally specify an exact combination of cryptographic algorithms and key strengths for a specific connection, as described in About cryptographic requirements. If you specify an exact combination of algorithms and key strengths, be sure to use the corresponding specifications on your VPN devices.

Single VPN tunnel

This configuration consists of a single S2S VPN tunnel between an Azure VPN gateway and an on-premises VPN device. You can optionally configure the BGP across the VPN tunnel.

Single S2S VPN tunnel

For step-by-step instructions to build the Azure configurations, see Single VPN tunnel setup.

Virtual network and VPN gateway information

This section lists the parameters for the sample.

Parameter Value
Virtual network address prefixes
Azure VPN gateway IP Azure_Gateway_Public_IP
On-premises address prefixes
On-premises VPN device IP OnPrem_Device_Public_IP
* Virtual network BGP ASN 65010
* Azure BGP peer IP
* On-premises BGP ASN 65050
* On-premises BGP peer IP

* Optional parameter for BGP only.

IPsec/IKE policy and parameters

The following table lists the IPsec/IKE algorithms and parameters that are used in the sample. Consult your VPN device specifications to verify the algorithms that are supported for your VPN device models and firmware versions.

IPsec/IKEv2 Value
IKEv2 Encryption AES256
IKEv2 Integrity SHA384
DH Group DHGroup24
* IPsec Encryption AES256
* IPsec Integrity SHA1
PFS Group PFS24
QM SA Lifetime 7,200 seconds
Traffic Selector UsePolicyBasedTrafficSelectors $True
Pre-Shared Key PreSharedKey

* On some devices, IPsec Integrity must be a null value when the IPsec Encryption algorithm is AES-GCM.

ASA device support

  • Support for IKEv2 requires ASA version 8.4 and later.

  • Support for DH Group and PFS Group beyond Group 5 requires ASA version 9.x.

  • Support for IPsec Encryption with AES-GCM and IPsec Integrity with SHA-256, SHA-384, or SHA-512, requires ASA version 9.x. This support requirement applies to newer ASA devices.


    ASA device models 5505, 5510, 5520, 5540, 5550, and 5580 are not supported. Consult your VPN device specifications to verify the algorithms that are supported for your VPN device models and firmware versions.

Sample device configuration

The script provides a sample that is based on the configuration and parameters that are described in the previous sections. The S2S VPN tunnel configuration consists of the following parts:

  1. Interfaces and routes
  2. Access lists
  3. IKE policy and parameters (phase 1 or main mode)
  4. IPsec policy and parameters (phase 2 or quick mode)
  5. Other parameters, such as TCP MSS clamping

Complete the following steps before you use the sample script. Replace the placeholder values in the script with the device settings for your configuration.

  • Specify the interface configuration for both inside and outside interfaces.
  • Identify the routes for your inside/private and outside/public networks.
  • Ensure all names and policy numbers are unique on your device.
  • Ensure that the cryptographic algorithms are supported on your device.
  • Replace the following placeholder values with actual values for your configuration:
    • Outside interface name: outside
    • Azure_Gateway_Public_IP
    • OnPrem_Device_Public_IP
    • IKE: Pre_Shared_Key
    • Virtual network and local network gateway names: VNetName and LNGName
    • Virtual network and on-premises network address prefixes
    • Proper netmasks

Sample script

! Sample ASA configuration for connecting to Azure VPN gateway
! Tested hardware: ASA 5505
! Tested version:  ASA version 9.2(4)
! Replace the following place holders with your actual values:
!   - Interface names - default are "outside" and "inside"
!   - <Azure_Gateway_Public_IP>
!   - <OnPrem_Device_Public_IP>
!   - <Pre_Shared_Key>
!   - <VNetName>*
!   - <LNGName>* ==> LocalNetworkGateway - the Azure resource that represents the
!     on-premises network, specifies network prefixes, device public IP, BGP info, etc.
!   - <PrivateIPAddress> ==> Replace it with a private IP address if applicable
!   - <Netmask> ==> Replace it with appropriate netmasks
!   - <Nexthop> ==> Replace it with the actual nexthop IP address
! (*) Must be unique names in the device configuration
! ==> Interface & route configurations
!     > <OnPrem_Device_Public_IP> address on the outside interface or vlan
!     > <PrivateIPAddress> on the inside interface or vlan; e.g.,
!     > Route to connect to <Azure_Gateway_Public_IP> address
!     > Example:
!       interface Ethernet0/0
!        switchport access vlan 2
!       exit
!       interface vlan 1
!        nameif inside
!        security-level 100
!        ip address <PrivateIPAddress> <Netmask>
!       exit
!       interface vlan 2
!        nameif outside
!        security-level 0
!        ip address <OnPrem_Device_Public_IP> <Netmask>
!       exit
!       route outside <NextHop IP> 1
! ==> Access lists
!     > Most firewall devices deny all traffic by default. Create access lists to
!       (1) Allow S2S VPN tunnels between the ASA and the Azure gateway public IP address
!       (2) Construct traffic selectors as part of IPsec policy or proposal
access-list outside_access_in extended permit ip host <Azure_Gateway_Public_IP> host <OnPrem_Device_Public_IP>
!     > Object group that consists of all VNet prefixes (e.g., &
object-group network Azure-<VNetName>
 description Azure virtual network <VNetName> prefixes
!     > Object group that corresponding to the <LNGName> prefixes.
!       E.g., and Note that LNG = "local network gateway".
!       In Azure network resource, a local network gateway defines the on-premises
!       network properties (address prefixes, VPN device IP, BGP ASN, etc.)
object-group network <LNGName>
 description On-Premises network <LNGName> prefixes
!     > Specify the access-list between the Azure VNet and your on-premises network.
!       This access list defines the IPsec SA traffic selectors.
access-list Azure-<VNetName>-acl extended permit ip object-group <LNGName> object-group Azure-<VNetName>
!     > No NAT required between the on-premises network and Azure VNet
nat (inside,outside) source static <LNGName> <LNGName> destination static Azure-<VNetName> Azure-<VNetName>
! ==> IKEv2 configuration
!     > General IKEv2 configuration - enable IKEv2 for VPN
group-policy DfltGrpPolicy attributes
 vpn-tunnel-protocol ikev1 ikev2
crypto isakmp identity address
crypto ikev2 enable outside
!     > Define IKEv2 Phase 1/Main Mode policy
!       - Make sure the policy number is not used
!       - integrity and prf must be the same
!       - DH group 14 and above require ASA version 9.x.
crypto ikev2 policy 1
 encryption       aes-256
 integrity        sha384
 prf              sha384
 group            24
 lifetime seconds 86400
!     > Set connection type and pre-shared key
tunnel-group <Azure_Gateway_Public_IP> type ipsec-l2l
tunnel-group <Azure_Gateway_Public_IP> ipsec-attributes
 ikev2 remote-authentication pre-shared-key <Pre_Shared_Key> 
 ikev2 local-authentication  pre-shared-key <Pre_Shared_Key> 
! ==> IPsec configuration
!     > IKEv2 Phase 2/Quick Mode proposal
!       - AES-GCM and SHA-2 requires ASA version 9.x on newer ASA models. ASA
!         5505, 5510, 5520, 5540, 5550, 5580 are not supported.
!       - ESP integrity must be null if AES-GCM is configured as ESP encryption
crypto ipsec ikev2 ipsec-proposal AES-256
 protocol esp encryption aes-256
 protocol esp integrity  sha-1
!     > Set access list & traffic selectors, PFS, IPsec protposal, SA lifetime
!       - This sample uses "Azure-<VNetName>-map" as the crypto map name
!       - ASA supports only one crypto map per interface, if you already have
!         an existing crypto map assigned to your outside interface, you must use
!         the same crypto map name, but with a different sequence number for
!         this policy
!       - "match address" policy uses the access-list "Azure-<VNetName>-acl" defined 
!         previously
!       - "ipsec-proposal" uses the proposal "AES-256" defined previously 
!       - PFS groups 14 and beyond requires ASA version 9.x.
crypto map Azure-<VNetName>-map 1 match address Azure-<VNetName>-acl
crypto map Azure-<VNetName>-map 1 set pfs group24
crypto map Azure-<VNetName>-map 1 set peer <Azure_Gateway_Public_IP>
crypto map Azure-<VNetName>-map 1 set ikev2 ipsec-proposal AES-256
crypto map Azure-<VNetName>-map 1 set security-association lifetime seconds 7200
crypto map Azure-<VNetName>-map interface outside
! ==> Set TCP MSS to 1350
sysopt connection tcpmss 1350

Simple debugging commands

Use the following ASA commands for debugging purposes:

  • Show the IPsec or IKE security association (SA):

    show crypto ipsec sa
    show crypto ikev2 sa
  • Enter debug mode:

    debug crypto ikev2 platform <level>
    debug crypto ikev2 protocol <level>

    The debug commands can generate significant output on the console.

  • Show the current configurations on the device:

    show run

    Use show subcommands to list specific parts of the device configuration, for example:

    show run crypto
    show run access-list
    show run tunnel-group

Next steps

To configure active-active cross-premises and VNet-to-VNet connections, see Configure active-active VPN gateways.