Deploying Check Point firewalls is a common task for the Operations team at Hurricane Labs. Whether it is a customer with a fresh installation, a new acquisition at a remote location, or replacing an existing solution, it all begins with installing and configuring the operating system. You can imagine this takes a lot of patience from all parties involved, as communication, coordination, and the overall conditions have to practically be immaculate for deployment success. Fortunately, we have discovered an option that alleviates this process.
Remote Configuration Support Can Be A Challenge
Every situation is unique, but in providing support for globally operating organizations we are often approaching this remotely. This results in two general methods:
- Configuring the firewall in person and shipping it to the location
- Working with an individual at the remote location to configure it
While running through our gamut of configuration commands, which is second nature for most of us here, it can certainly be confusing for our remote contact of varying technical ability. Understanding this, we prefer to create a remote session so we can do the configuration. However, doing so relies on several conditions:
- A stable Internet connection (which may not even exist yet)
- A console cable and the appropriate adapters
- Knowledge of Putty, or similar software
Time to Take Advantage of the Latest Version of Isomorphic
We were thus excited to see a new unattended install option when launching the latest version of Check Point’s Isomorphic tool. This software is used to create a bootable USB drive for your desired version of Check Point.
Until now, you would still need to choose an output method (VGA, serial, etc.) and then configure the OS manually once the install completed. With the Unattended Installation option, not only will the installation begin and complete automatically, it will also configure an interface of your choice in the process. The only “hands-on” needed is to plug in the USB drive and power the firewall on.
The first thing to do, if you haven’t already, will be to download the latest version of Isomorphic from Check Point.