Check Point Management API tips

I was very fortunate yesterday to spend some time with two Check Point engineering staff. Check Point make high-end firewall products that I’m using at work. During the conversation, I mentioned two issues I’ve had during automated builds of Checkpoint appliances…

  1. During the build process, I want to add lots of devices. In my build, however, I need to log in to the management API, and therefore hand into the clear-text userdata field the credentials for the user account – NOT GOOD! What I was told was that actually, you don’t need to operate like that! If you’re running commands on your manager, you can instead run the command in “root” mode to make it bypass any requests for authentication, and as an added “win” it publishes every change you make on exit too! Here’s how:mgmt_cli -r true add host name "New Host 1" ip-address ""
  2. My other option was to make it so that we can finish our Ansible deployment of the OpenStack server, and then, once it was up and accessible… call out against the API. But how do you do this during the build? Well, you can run four commands against the server to allow remote access to the API, and then you should have access from all the same places your GUI client can access it from! Here’s how:mgmt_cli -r true login domain "System Data" > id.txt
    mgmt_cli -s id.txt set api-settings accepted-api-calls-from "all ip addresses that can be used for gui clients" automatic-start true
    mgmt_cli -s id.txt publish
    api restart

My sincere thanks to Javier and Uri for their guidance. For those wondering about those API calls – see these links: Using the -r flag and configuring the API for remote access.

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