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How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

We have bought some Check Point firewalls through a subcontractor who also set up the SmartConsole R80.10 for us.

We would like to change the default password of the "admin" account but we don't know the steps.  Please help.

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

A good place to start searching any solution for Check Point is Support Center.

Changing master administrator password for SmartConsole applications 

In R80.x SmartConsole, this can be done in Manage & Settings -> Permissions & Administrators -> Advanced -> Check Point Password.

Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

Hi Aleksei,

I went to the indicated place but the button is greyed out:

The "Change" button is greyed out

What can I do?

Vladimir
Pearl

Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

Another possibility:

So long as your CP admin account was configured to use Gaia's admin, execute "set user admin password" in clish on your management server, where "admin" is the name of your administrative account on Gaia.

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

Hi Vladimir,

Thanks for your reply, but, well, I have to say that I don't understand any word of what you've written 😕

Long story short, our subcontractor did not give us any training on how to use the firewall and SmartConsole.  We have bought a support & maintenance plan with them.  And when I opened a support ticket with them to say that we want to change admin password, they didn't clearly tell us how to do it.  They merely "pointed" us to read the manual at https://sc1.checkpoint.com/documents/R80/CP_R80_SecMGMT/html_frameset.htm !!!

And they added that we could ask the question in this forum.

We are very unsatisfied by their service, or should I say "lack of service"

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

I do not think blaming support for lack of basic skills with the product is fair. Also, configuration change does not qualify as support issue. The answer you received is adequate and goes even beyond your support contract.

To help you out, some more information is required.

1. SmartConsole can be used by multiple users. Which account password do you want to change?

2. When configuring R80.10 Management machine, what has been set for the default admin account? Are the credentials of "admin" account reused to access SmartConsole?

If the answer to p. 2 is yes, you may want to change Gaia OS admin password as well. Vladimir Yakovlev‌ has already told you how to do that. You need to:

a. open ssh session to the machine and login as admin.

b. run the mentioned command: set user admin password - and change the password.

c. after changing password run "save config" and exit ssh session.

That will change both OS and GUI admin password. 

In general, please consider taking some courses on Check Point products. Standard CCSA R80.10 course will help you enormously.

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

Valeri Loukine wrote:

I do not think blaming support for lack of basic skills with the product is fair. Also, configuration change does not qualify as support issue. The answer you received is adequate and goes even beyond your support contract.

 

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It is very fair!

You wrote so because you don't have all the information.

Actually, it was written in the contract that they had to:
1) ensure "knowledge transfer", ie they were paid to teach us some minimum knowledge that would let us do some basic things
2) write a documentation of what they had done

But at the end, they were "late on the planning" because they didn't organized thing correctly, and they had to "skip" the knowledge transfer.  And the documentation?  We had to urge five or six times to have the "draft version"!

Anyway, after attending the CheckPoint workshop, things are a lot clearer for me.  Now I understood what some of you were saying.  However, the employed language is not rigorous enough to make people understand and this problem comes from Check Point itself.

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

Okay, I see there is a misunderstanding here.

You are obviously talking of your counterpart that sold you Check Point. In this regard, yes, I agree with you, they should complete all contractual obligations as written there. If knowledge transfer and documentation were promised and not delivered, do whatever you have to do, to get them done.

Now, earlier you wrote: "We have bought a support & maintenance plan with them. And when I opened a support ticket with them to say that we want to change admin password, they didn't clearly tell us how to do it.  They merely "pointed" us to read the manual..."

I took it as you are blaming Check Point TAC for not helping you with the configuration. If that was indeed the case, please read your maintenance contract carefully. If that was not the case, and you are still talking about your third party seller, I am with you.

Finally, to make your journey with Check Point less frustrating, please take a look on our CP4B section, where we are posting quite a few entry level materials for engineers only starting to grasp Check Point solutions and tools. Here is the link to the list of currently posted materials:  

Hope that will help. If not, read the manuals and ask CheckMates

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Admin
Admin

Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

On your management server, when logged into the CLI, try typing cpconfig.

[Expert@MGMT:0]# cpconfig
This program will let you re-configure
your Check Point Security Management Server configuration.
Configuration Options:
----------------------
(1)  Licenses and contracts
(2)  Administrator
(3)  GUI Clients
(4)  SNMP Extension
(5)  Random Pool
(6)  Certificate Authority
(7)  Certificate's Fingerprint
(8)  Automatic start of Check Point Products
(9) Exit

Enter your choice (1-9) :

Choose Option 2 and follow the prompts to create a user with the desired username and password.

I recommend choosing a name other than "admin" Smiley Happy

Then go into SmartConsole with that user/password. 

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

That's all ONLY if they do not need to change OS password as well. I bet they do

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Admin
Admin

Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

Possible, but let's make sure we give them all the options Smiley Happy

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

I'd rather check what's the actual goal before overwhelming him with options

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

Going more to the root issue. Did you follow any training? As I would strongly suggest you follow the CCSA training. A lot of things are covered in that course that you may not yet be familiar with.

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

First, thanks to all for your replies.

It's a certainty that I lack basic knowledge in Check Point and I can only understand half of your replies.  I don't want to fill the other half with guess, speculation and extrapolation.  That might lead to totally wrong interpretation.

I've subscribed to a Check Point workshop two weeks later.  I'll come back to this discussion later.

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Re: How to change password of "admin" of SmartConsole?

The best decision, good luck with that.

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