Redundancy Remedy: Case 3

This topic describes one of several redundancy issues that you might be alerted to in the Console.

Summary of the Issue

You have redundant VPN Connect connections that connect your on-premises network to a VCN. Although each connection consists of two IPSec tunnels, only one tunnel per connection is up/active, and both of those tunnels terminate on the same Oracle edge router. Your connection to Oracle is at risk when routine maintenance is performed on that router.

How to Fix the Issue

The following diagram illustrates the issue.

Before the fix:

This image shows redundant IPSec tunnels that terminate on the same Oracle router.

In this case, you have a primary connection and a secondary connection as backup. Notice that each VPN Connect consists of two IPSec tunnels, and Oracle provisions each on a different Oracle router. However, you must configure your CPE so that both tunnels are up/active.

The problem has two parts:

  • In each connection, only one of the two IPSec tunnels is up/active. 
  • Both of the tunnels that are up/active terminate on the same Oracle router.

Some CPEs only support one IPSec tunnel being up/active to a given destination.

After the fix:

This image shows four IPSec tunnels that are up.

If your CPE supports having two IPSec tunnels up/active to the same destination, configure the second tunnel to also be up/active. Oracle recommends configuring all tunnels to use BGP dynamic routing.

If your CPE supports only a single active IPSec tunnel to a given destination, then for one of the connections only, switch which of the two IPSec tunnels is configured to be up. The following diagram illustrates that setup. Oracle recommends configuring both tunnels to use BGP dynamic routing.

This image shows one tunnel in each connection up, and each terminating on different Oracle routers.