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MRTG VPN tunnels Cisco ASA


MRTG VPN tunnels Cisco ASA

MRTG VPN tunnels Cisco ASA

This post was written for ASA 7.X and has likely changed.

Problem: Every time a tunnel disconnects and reconnects, it is a assigned a new OID number, presumably based on something similar to the ifIndex.  This means that I constantly have to remove and re-add tunnels as they drop and reconnect.  It also means that the historical data gathered on the connection is lost each time.

Solution: Use some shell scripting and snmp to determine the proper OID for each peer.

This script runs every 5 minutes from crontab (runs on the mrtg machine)


# VPN to our remote site
# Remember to replace Public with your snmp community name and with your Peer IP Address
XYZ=`snmpwalk -v1 -c Public |grep | awk -F’.’ ‘{print $10}’ | awk ‘{print $1}’`

# Replace Public with your snmp community name and with your ASA IP Address
snmpget -v1 -c Public$XYZ | awk ‘{print $4}’ > /tmp/xyz.txt
snmpget -v1 -c Public$XYZ | awk ‘{print $4}’ >> /tmp/xyz.txt

This is the config you’d need in your mrtg config to check the contents of /tmp/xyz.txt (We have a 45Mb circuit so 47185920 MaxBytes will vary according to your bandwidth)



0-59/5 * * * * /opt/Scripts/remote-vpn.sh
0-59/5 * * * * env LANG=C /usr/bin/mrtg /opt/mrtg/mrtg.cfg

This is just my method to work around the dynamic OID assigned in the Cisco ASA (Pix). If you have a better/cleaner method please email me and I’ll post it.

Use at your own risk. As always, please test before telling your boss that you have it working!

Update: It sounds like Cisco has changed some of the way the ASA does VPN, this may or may not work for you, depending on version, but might still be a good starting point.

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  1. I cant look at your MRTG config. It looks like Dropbox has deleted the content. Anyway can you post it to your site? If its too long I wouldnt mind a copy.


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