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CLI-based Configuration Guide - VPN

AR100, AR120, AR150, AR160, AR200, AR1200, AR2200, AR3200, and AR3600 V200R010

This document describes VPN features on the device and provides configuration procedures and configuration examples.
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(Optional) Setting the IKE SA Lifetime

(Optional) Setting the IKE SA Lifetime


After the SA lifetime is set, SAs are updated in real time and difficult to decipher, enhancing security.

The IKE SA lifetime is classified as follows:
  • Hard lifetime (hard timeout period): specifies the lifetime of an IKE SA.

    When two devices negotiate an IKE SA, the actual hard lifetime is the smaller of the two values configured on the two devices.

  • Soft lifetime (soft timeout period): refers to the time after which a new IKE SA is negotiated so that the new IKE SA will be ready before the hard lifetime of the original IKE SA expires.

    Table 5-11 lists the default soft lifetime values.
    Table 5-11  Soft lifetime values
    IKE Protocol Type Description
    IKEv1 7/10 of the actual hard SA lifetime
    IKEv2 7/10 of the actual hard SA lifetime

Before an IKE SA becomes invalid, IKE negotiates a new IKE SA for the remote end. The remote end uses the new IKE SA to protect IPSec communication immediately after the new IKE SA is negotiated. If service traffic is transmitted, the original IKE SA is deleted immediately. If no service traffic is transmitted, the original IKE SA will be deleted after 10s or the hard lifetime expires.

Changing the lifetime does not affect the established IKE SAs, and the changed value is used for establishing new IKE SAs in subsequent negotiation.


  1. Run system-view

    The system view is displayed.

  2. Run ike proposal proposal-number

    The IKE proposal view is displayed.

  3. Run sa duration time-value

    The IKE SA hard lifetime is set.

    By default, the IKE SA lifetime is 86400s.

    If the hard lifetime ends, IKE SAs are updated automatically. IKE negotiation involves Diffie-Hellman key calculation, which takes a long period of time. To ensure that IKE SA update does not affect secure communication, you are advised to set the lifetime to a value greater than 600s.

Updated: 2019-08-07

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