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How to Configure BGP over IKEv2 IPsec Site-to-Site VPN to a Google Cloud VPN Gateway

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To connect to the Google Cloud VPN gateway, create an IPsec IKEv2 site-to-site VPN tunnel on your CloudGen Firewall and configure BGP to exchange information with the Google BGP peer.


Before You Begin

  • You will need the following information:
    • Public IP address of your on-premises CloudGen Firewall
    • (private) ASN number
  • Create a VPC network in Google Cloud.

Step 1. Create a Google Cloud Router

  1. Go to
  2. Click the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner.
  3. In the Networking section, click Interconnect.
  4. In the left menu, click Cloud Routers.
  5. In the main area, click Create Router.
  6. Configure the settings for the Google Cloud router:
    • Name – Enter a name for the cloud router.
    • Network – Select the network from the list.
    • Region – Select the region from the list.
    • Google ASN – Enter a private ASN. This ASN number must be unique in your network.
  7. Click Create.


Step 2. Create a Google VPN

  1. Go to
  2. Click the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner.
  3. In the Networking section, click Interconnect.
  4. In the left menu, click VPN.
  5. In the main area, click Create Network.
  6. Click Create VPN connection.
  7. Configure the Google Compute Engine VPN gateway settings:
    • Name – Enter a name. 
    • Network – Select your Google Cloud network from the list.
    • Region – Select the region for the Google VPN gateway. Select a location close to your on-premises firewall. 
    • IP address – Reserve a new static IP address or select a free, existing static IP address from the list.
  8. Configure a VPN tunnel in the Tunnels settings:
    • Remote peer IP address – Enter the public IP address of the on-premises firewall.
    • IKE version – Select IKEv2
    • Shared secret – Enter a passphrase as the shared secret. 

      The shared secret can consist of small and capital characters, numbers, and non alpha-numeric symbols, except the hash sign (#).

    • Routing options – Click Dynamic (BGP)
    • Cloud router – Select the cloud router created in Step 1.

  9. Click the edit icon to configure the BGP session.
  10. Configure the BGP session for the cloud router:
    • Name – Enter a name for the BGP configuration.

    • Peer ASN – Enter the ASN assigned to the on-premises firewall.

    • (optional) Advertised route priority – Enter a priority value. Routes with higher priorities are preferred.

    • Google BGP IP address – Enter the first IP address in a private /30 subnet.  The IP address must be in the same /30 network as the Peer BGP IP address: E.g.,
    • Peer BGP IP address – Enter the second IP address in the private /30 subnet used for the Google BGP IP address. E.g.,
  11. Click Save and Continue.
  12. Click Create.

Wait for the VPN to be created.


Step 3. Create VPN Next Hop Interfaces

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Assigned Services > VPN > VPN Settings.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. In the left navigation bar, click Routed VPN.
  4. Click Add in the VPN Next Hop Interface Configuration  section.
    • VPN Interface Index – Enter a number between 0 and 99. Each interface index number must be unique.
    • MTU   Enter 1398
    • IP Addresses – Enter the Peer BGP IP address from Step 2 with a /30 subnet mask. E.g.,
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Send Changes and Activate.

Step 4. Configure a IPsec IKEv2 Site-to-Site VPN on the Firewall

Configure a site-to-site IKEv2 VPN tunnel on the firewall. The firewall is configured as the active VPN endpoint.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Assigned Services > VPN-Service > Site to Site .
  2. Click the IPsec IKEv2 Tunnels tab.
  3. Click Lock.
  4. Right-click the table and select New IKEv2 tunnel. The IKEv2 Tunnel window opens.
  5. In the IKEv2 Tunnel Name field, enter your tunnel name.
  6. Set Initiates Tunnel to Yes.
  7. Configure the Authentication settings:
    • Authentication Method – Select Pre-shared key.
    • Shared Secret – Enter the passphrase you used to create the Google VPN.
  8. Configure the Phase 1 encryption settings:
    • Encryption – Select AES
    • Hash Meth. – Select MD5
    • DH Group – Select Group 2.
    • Proposal Handling – Select Strict.
    • Lifetime – Enter 28800.
  9. Configure the Phase 2 encryption settings:
    • Encryption – Select AES.
    • Hash Meth. – Select SHA.
    • DH Group – Select Group 14.
    • Proposal Handling – Select Strict.
    • Lifetime (seconds) – Enter 3600
    • LIfetime (KB) – Select unlimited.
  10. In the Network Settings section, click the Advanced tab:
    • One VPN Tunnel per Subnet Pair – Clear the check box.
    • Universal Traffic Selectors – Select the check box.
    • Force UDP Encapsulation – Clear the check box.
    • IKE Reauthentication – Select the check box.
    • Next Hop Routing –  Enter the Peer BGP IP address address from Step 2.
    • Interface Index – Enter the index of the VPN next hop interface created in Step 3.
  11. Configure the Local Network settings:
    • Local Gateway – Enter the public IP address of the firewall, or use if you are using a dynamic IP address. 
    • Network Address Click + and enter the Peer BGP IP address from Step 2. 
  12. Configure the Remote Network settings:
    • Remote Gateway – Enter the gateway IP address of the Google Cloud VPN.
    • Network Address – Click + and enter the Google VPN IP address.
  13. Click OK.
  14. Click Send Changes and Activate.

The VPN tunnel to the Google VPN gateway is now established.


Step 5. Configure the BGP Service

Configure BGP routing to learn the subnets from the remote BGP peer behind the Google VPN on the other side of the VPN tunnels.

Step 6.1. Configure Routes to be Advertised via BGP

Only routes with the parameter Advertise set to yes will be propagated via BGP.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Network .
  2. Click Lock.
  3. (optional) To propagate the management network, switch to Advanced view and set Advertise Route to yes.
  4. In the left menu, click Routing.
  5. Edit the Routes you want to propagate, and set Advertise Route to yes.
  6. Click OK
  7. Click Send Changes and Activate.
Step 5.2. Enable BGP

Configure the BGP setting for the BGP service on the firewall.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Assigned Services > OSPF-RIP-BGP-Service > OSPF/RIP/BGP Settings .
  2. From the Run BGP Router list, Select yes.
  3. From the Operations Mode list, select advertise-learn.
  4. Enter the local BGP peering IP address as the Router ID.
  5. In the left menu, click BGP Router Setup.
  6. Enter the AS Number for the local BGP peer as per Step 2. E.g., 65414
  7. Enter the Terminal Password.
  8. In the left menu, expand Configuration Mode and click Switch to Advanced Mode.
  9. Click the Set button for the Advanced Settings. The Advanced Settings window opens. 
  10. Set the Hold timer to 30 seconds.
  11. Set the Keep Alive Timer to 10 seconds.
  12. Click OK.
  13. Click Send Changes and Activate.
Step 5.3. Add a BGP Neighbor for the Google VPN

To dynamically learn the routing of the neighboring network, set up a BGP neighbor for the Google VPN.

  1. In the left menu of the OSPF/RIP/BGP Settings page, click Neighbor Setup IPv4.
  2. Click Lock.
  3. In the left menu, expand Configuration Mode and click Switch to Advanced Mode.
  4. Click + to add an entry to the Neighbors table. The Neighbors window opens.
  5. Enter a Name and click OK.
  6. In the Neighbors window, configure the following settings in the Usage and IP section:
    • Neighbor IPv4 – Enter the remote BGP peer IP address.
    • OSPF Routing Protocol Usage – Select no.
    • RIP Routing Protocol Usage – Select no.
    • BGP Routing Protocol Usage – Select yes.
  7. In the BGP Parameters section, configure the following settings:
    • AS Number: Enter the ASN for the remote network as per the information from Step 2. E.g., 65412
    • Update Source: Select Interface.
    • Update Source Interface: Enter the vpnr interface. E.g., vpnr10
  8. Click OK
  9. Click Send Changes and Activate

Go to CONTROL > Network > BGP. The firewall is now learning and advertising networks to the Google VPN BGP peer.


Step 6. Create an Access Rule

Create a pass access rule to allow traffic from the local networks to the networks learned via BGP.

  1. Go to CONFIGURATION > Configuration Tree > Box > Assigned Services > Firewall > Firewall Rules. 
  2. Click Lock.
  3. Create a PASS access rule:
    • Bi-Directional – Enable.
    • Source – Select the local on-premises network(s) advertised via BGP.
    • Service – Select the service you want to have access to the remote network, or select Any for complete access. 
    • Destination – Select the network object containing the learned networks.
    • Connection Method – Select Original Source IP.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Move the access rule up in the rule list, so that it is the first rule to match the firewall traffic.
  6. Click Send Changes and Activate