Connectivity to Brazil
gourmetcisco at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 2 06:14:30 CST 2011
Very interesting. I have had similar issues with connectivity to my Brazil office, and oddly enough it involved GBLX and CTBC (now called Algar Telecom). I also vastly divergent paths to a couple hosts in the same subnet. I ended up communicating with GBLX via email (who were actually really great in corresponding with me)...the engineer pointed to some sort of link capacity issue...i'll dig up the thread...
> Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 01:21:09 -0500
> From: vinny at abellohome.net
> Subject: Re: Connectivity to Brazil
> To: the76posse at gmail.com
> CC: nanog at nanog.org
> We saw similar issues with IKE through Global Crossing (as odd as that sounds) out of the NYC market at the same time. We routed around them and problem solved. Still scratching our heads on that one... In my experiences, GLBX has numerous odd issues to the point where it's become a bad joke anytime something breaks with connectivity... we blame them. It's kind of not funny though because it's almost always true. Taking them out of the equation usually fixes the problem. One of our customers who is frequently affected by GBLX problems jumps to the (often correct) conclusion that they are causing problems. :-/
> On Feb 1, 2011, at 3:57 PM, Steve Danelli wrote:
> > Thanks for the response.
> > Ike had worked great up until Monday. The provider did a local test and our box saw the Ike packets so it appears to lie somewhere upstream. (GLBX may be a good guess)
> > Also - the paths are stable and we are sourcing from the same ip - very strange behaivor. Hope someone from GLBX or CTBC (or someone who had experienced an issue like this) can assist
> > Thanks to all for their feedback so far.
> > SD
> > On Feb 1, 2011, at 3:19 PM, Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu wrote:
> >> On Tue, 01 Feb 2011 08:54:47 EST, Steve Danelli said:
> >>> Some carrier, somewhere between us and the service provider is selectively
> >>> dropping the IKE packets originating from our VPN gateway and destined for
> >>> our Brazil gateway. Other traffic is able to pass, as are the IKE packets coming
> >>> back from Brazil to us. This is effectively preventing us from establishing
> >>> the IPSEC tunnel between our gateways.
> >> Has IKE been known to work to that location before? Or is this something new?
> >> My first guess is some chucklehead banana-eater at the service provider either
> >> fat-fingered the firewall config, or semi-intentionally blocked it because it
> >> was "traffic on a protocol/port number they didn't understand so it must be
> >> evil".
> >>> Also something else is awry, for two given hosts on the same subnet (x.y.z.52
> >>> and x.y.z.53), they take two wildly divergent paths:
> >>> Anyone have any insight on to what may be occurring?
> >> The paths appear to diverge at 126.96.36.199. I wonder if that's gear trying
> >> to do some load-balancing across 2 paths, and it's using the source IP as a
> >> major part of the selector function ("route to round-robin interface source-IP
> >> mod N" or similar?).
> >> The other possibility is your two traceroutes happened to catch a routing flap in
> >> progress (obviously not the case if the two routes are remaining stable).
> >> Sorry I can't be more helpful than that...
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