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Jeff_King
Ivory

set up virtual machine to configure a new firewall

     In order to set up a new firewall, you typically use a computer on the same subnet.  For example, the new firewall is configured with 192.168.1.1, so you can use a notebook on the same sub net, say 192.168.1.50, and connect a network cable between the two.  Now,one can open a browser on the notebook and go to https://192.168.1.1 and get the web GUI for the firewall.

     I don't have a spare notebook so I want to create a virtual machine (VMWare Workstation) on my existing desktop to help me configure the firewall.  I want to connect the new firewall to a switch or router on my home network and use this virtual machine to reach the web GUI.  I have not been able to make this work.  Can anyone provide guidance on how to configure the NIC on the virtual machine to allow for this?

Thanks

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Admin
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Re: set up virtual machine to configure a new firewall

You have to use the "Virtual Network Editor" in VMware Workstation to set up your networking accordingly.

You want to create a "bridged" interface, similar to VMnet0 below.

You then connect the VM to that network and it will be on the same LAN as your desktop.

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Jeff_King
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Re: set up virtual machine to configure a new firewall

Dameon,

Thanks, but I get a message about “…no un-bridged host network adapters.” Here is my set up:

1 Win 10 desktop on 192.168.1.13

VNet0 on 192.168.24.128, assigned to a virtual Win XP machine running on the Win 10 desktop.

UTM-1 FW, INT connection already configured on 192.168.24.1

Since I cannot set up a bridged connection I just tried it on the Vnet0, Host only setting. When I attempt to go to https://192.168.24.1, I get the typical warning about “…problem with certificate…” and then I proceed. This leads to a “…Error HTTP 403 Forbidden…” With both IE and Chrome, this indicates the ability to connect to the website, but no permission to view the web page. Any other thoughts?

Note: I do have a spare Win XP notebook that I have configured properly and connect directly to the UTM-1. However, I wanted to see if this could be done with a virtual machine instead.

Thanks,

Jeff

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Admin
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Re: set up virtual machine to configure a new firewall

Windows XP without SP3 installed cannot validate SHA256 certificates, which for R80.10, at least, is the default for the Gaia portal.

I'm guessing this is the issue. 

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Kim_Moberg
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Re: set up virtual machine to configure a new firewall

Hi Jeff,

I found the following video guides from Youtube.

I managed to set it up like they explained.

First I had to create the networks via Virtual Network Editor.

VMnet0 runs bridged mode.

Then configure after the following steps.

Checkpoint VMWARE LAB setup and Cluster configuration Part 1 - YouTube 

Checkpoint VMWARE LAB setup and Cluster configuration Part 2 - YouTube 

Dameon Welch Abernathy‌ I managed to setup virtual lab with video guide above. Though I though the CheckMates Pro license would cover a cluster setup (sgw1 + sgw2 and sgwmgmt). is it true and one is only able to setup secure gateway running gateway magement server.

Any ways the CheckMates Pro license would also include a license to run seperate cluster nodes with and advanced networking (clusterXL) license?

Thanks

Kim

Best Regards
Kim
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Admin
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Re: set up virtual machine to configure a new firewall

I'll have to double check what we're giving out here license-wise.

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