Using the CPE Configuration Helper

After you set up VPN Connect, your network engineer must configure the customer-premises equipment (CPE) at your end of the connection (for example, a router). The configuration includes details about your virtual cloud network (VCN) and the IPSec tunnels in the VPN Connect. This topic describes how to use the CPE Configuration Helper in the Oracle Console to generate information that a network engineer uses to configure the CPE. Notice that the CPE Configuration Helper is also referred to as the Helper.

Overview of the Helper

For the IPSec tunnels in a VPN Connect to work, your network engineer must configure your CPE with specific information. The information comes from different sources. Oracle provides some of it in several places within the Oracle Console. The Helper collects the necessary information in one place and then organizes it to make CPE configuration easier for the network engineer. You can copy or download the resulting content to a file.

The configuration information that the network engineer needs depends on which vendor makes the CPE. To ensure that the Helper can produce vendor-specific content, you specify which vendor makes your CPE. See the one-time prerequisite in Using the Helper.

In some cases, the Helper might ask for information about your network and include it in the content. If you don't know the answers, you can leave them blank. The resulting content then uses placeholder variables to show where the network engineer needs to provide the answers.

The content that the Helper produces includes these items:

  • The Oracle VPN headend for the tunnel (the IP address at the Oracle end)
  • The shared secret (pre-shared key) for the tunnel
  • Your VCN's CIDR
  • BGP information (if you're using BGP dynamic routing for the tunnel)
  • The IPSec parameters that Oracle supports
  • Other relevant information

Using the Helper

One-time prerequisite: Specify the CPE vendor

 Edit the CPE and select the vendor. If you're not sure which vendor makes your CPE, or it's not in the list, select Other.

  1. Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Networking and click Customer-Premises Equipment.

  2. Select the CPE you're interested in, and then click Edit.
  3. For Vendor, select your CPE vendor from the list. If you're not sure which vendor makes your CPE, or it's not in the list, select Other.
  4. If prompted, select a value for Platform/Version. Here are guidelines:

    • Oracle recommends using a route-based configuration if possible.
    • If you do not see your specific CPE platform or version in the list, choose the closest platform/version that predates your CPE version.
  5. Click Save Changes.  
Open the Helper from one of three locations

You can access the Helper from three different locations in the Oracle Console. Where you access the Helper controls the scope of the content it produces:

  • The CPE page: The Helper produces content for all IPSec connections that terminate on the CPE. Notice that there could be IPSec connections in compartments  that you do not have access to. If you don't have permission to view a particular IPSec connection, it is not included in the content.
  • An IPSec connection page: The Helper produces content for one individual IPSec connection (all tunnels within the connection).
  • A tunnel's page: The Helper produces content for one tunnel in an IPSec connection.
  1. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Networking and navigate to the resource page you're interested in:

    • The CPE page
    • The IPSec connection page
    • The tunnel page
  2. Click Open CPE Configuration Helper.

    The Helper opens on the right side of the page.

    It shows basic information such as the CPE's public IP address and vendor.

Generate the content

The Helper has a Create Content button at the bottom. After you click it and the content is produced, there are buttons to copy or download the content to a file. Give the content to your network engineer, along with the link to the configuration topic for your CPE type (see Verified CPE Devices). You can return to the Helper at any time and again generate the configuration content.

Tip

For certain CPE vendors, the Helper displays fields for vendor-specific information that is used for CPE configuration. The fields might be blank or already have values. You can fill in the blank fields or leave them as is. For blank fields, the resulting content displays placeholder variables to show where the network engineer needs to fill in the values.

Instructions:

  1. Review the template of information in the Helper. Optionally fill in any blank fields.
  2. Click Create Content at the bottom of the Helper.

    The Helper generates the content.

    Note

    See this known issue if you instead see an error that says The CPE is missing the vendor information (the device type). Update the CPE and add the vendor information.
  3. Click either Copy Configuration to Clipboard or Download Configuration (to download it to a file).
  4. Click Close.
  5. Give the following items to your network engineer:

    • A link to the configuration topic for your CPE type. See Verified CPE Devices.
    • The Helper content that you generated.

If You Update Your VPN Connect

You could change aspects of your VPN Connect, and after you do, you might want to generate the Helper content again. For example, imagine that you have an IPSec connection that uses static routing, and you decide to change it to use BGP dynamic routing. After updating the Oracle Console with the new routing information, you can generate the Helper content again for the IPSec connection. You can then give that new content to your network engineer to configure the CPE accordingly.