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How To's: Deploy Check Point ClusterXL and VRRP

Hi there, in this post we're going to deploy a pair of Check Point gateways running ClusterXL and another pair running VRRP.

This posts, assumes you already have CMA/SMS deployed, SmartConsole installed and FTW configuration done.

We’ll begin adding the gateways for Site A. Most of the configuration we’ll be done using SmartConsole.

Login to SmartConsole, and access the pane Gateways & Servers > New > Gateway 

Fill the following options:

Name

IPv4 Address

Communication > Authentication > One-time password

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Now add the licences using SmartUpdate.

I already explained how to add the licences in the link below:

https://community.checkpoint.com/t5/General-Topics/Deploying-Check-Point-Solution-R80-40/m-p/94267/h...

Next, let’s enable ClusterXL feature usig GAIA. Run cpconfig and choose option 8.

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Once the gateways are back online, let’s create the Cluster object. In Gateways & Servers pane > New > Cluster > Check Point Gateway Cluster Creation > Classic Mode 

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Fill the Name and IPv4 Address in General Properties.

Next go to Cluster Members pane and add both Gateways by choosing Add Existing Gateway.

Accept the warning message.

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Now let’s proceed to Network Management pane.

Choose Get Interfaces with Topology and accept the warning related to spoofing.

Change the interfaces values accordingly:

  • Eth0 – Network Type: Cluster > IPv4: 192.168.234.101/24
  • Eth1 – Network Type: Sync
  • Eth3 – Network Type: Cluster > IPv4: 203.0.113.1/24

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If we look at the ClusterXL and VRRP pane, we see that by default High Availability is selected.

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Finally let’s proceed to IPSec VPN pane, and set Link Selection to gateway external IP address

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Press ok and the cluster object will be created.

Let’s create a rule for testing purposes. We’ll configure Hide nat for our internal network.

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We can verify ClusterXL status in Gateways & Servers pane, by selecting the cluster object and clicking monitor

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Press ok and the cluster object will be created.

Let’s create a rule for testing purposes. We’ll configure Hide nat for our internal network.

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We can verify ClusterXL status in Gateways & Servers pane, by selecting the cluster object and clicking monitor

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We can verify also using GAIA by running the command show cluster state.

So far we have deployed ClusterXL for Site A, now let’s deploy VRRP for Site B.

The adding process will be a little different because the gateways are in a different network, the idea is to simulate a remote site.

Let’s make CMA accessible in external network:

Add a rule allowing the CMA (A_SMS) and translate CMA internal IP to an external IP. Edit CMA object, on NAT tab, Translation Method choose static, Translate to IP Address IPv4 Address: 203.0.113.111, Install on Gateway A-GW-Cluster.

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Now perform the same steps as we did before, to add the gateways.

Once they are added, let’s create the cluster object for Site B gateways.

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First clear the ClusterXL box in Network Security.

A new pane will be shown as 3rd Party Configuration. Set the Cluster Mode to High Availability and 3rd Party Solution as Check Point IPSO VRRP.

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In Network Management Pane, Get the interfaces with Topology and change the values as described below:

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Press Ok.

Add a new Policy Package and set as the Installation targets the new cluster gateway

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Press OK.

Create some basic rules and install the policy for Site B.

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Let’s configure the VRRP parameters on Site B gateways. Access web page of Site B gateways:

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Access the page High Availability > VRRP > Virtual Routers > Add 

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On gateway B-GW-02 we’ll set a lower Priority and the Router ID has to be the same as specified in B-GW-01.

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Once it’s done, install the policy to reflect the new changes.

We can successfully confirm the cluster status.

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Hope you enjoyed this post, leave your comments below and I'll see you on the next post.

 
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