Routing-Based VPN Support Using Static and Dynamic Routes Overview

A security device must know the path, or route, between each protected resource or security device in the VPN before it can forward packets from the source network to the destination network on the other side of the tunnel. To specify the route, you can use static routes, which define a specific, unchanging path between two VPN nodes, or dynamic routes, which define an algorithm that dynamically determines the best path between two VPN nodes.

Note: If you are using VPN Manager to create the route-based VPNs, you create the routes after autogenerating the VPN. If you are creating a device-level VPN, you can create the routes after configuring the tunnel interfaces.

To create a static route, you must manually create a route for each tunnel on each device. For VPNs with more than just a few devices, Juniper Networks highly recommends using a dynamic routing protocol to automatically determine the best route for VPN traffic.

To route between different networks over the Internet, use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP); to route within the same network, use Open Shortest Path First (OSPF). For details on creating routes, see Virtual Router Configurations for Root and Vsys Overview.

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