Check Point is one of the leading security solution providers. Today in this lesson, we will know How to Install Check Point Firewall Gaia R80.20. We will be installing Check Point Gaia 80.20 in VMWARE workstation v15. So, let’s get started.

How to Install Check Point Firewall Gaia R80.20

First of all, you need to download Gaia R80.20. To download, you need to have appropriate permission. My current company is a Check Point partner, so i am good to go for the download.

Installing Gaia R80.20:

Now, create a VM using the downloaded image. Before going forward, you are advised to check release note to get an idea about minimum requirements.

To install the Check Point Gaia, select “Install Gaia on this system” and press ENTER.

Install Gaia

After selecting the Gaia install, you need to complete total six (6) steps to complete the process.

Steps in CLI (Wizard):

STEP #1: A “Welcome” window will open and you have to confirm the installation.

Welcome and confirm Installation

STEP #2: Choose your keyboard type. I am choosing US as my keyboard type.

Keyboard Type

STEP #3: This section is for disk partition ratio. I am OK with default segmentation ratio. However, you can change it according your own requirement. Before changing it, you are advised to check the release note for minimum requirement for each section.

Partitions Configuration

STEP #4: Put the admin password.

Password for admin

STEP #5: In this section you have to select management interface. My laptop is logically connected with “eth0“, so eth0 is our management interface and we are putting IP address for it.

Management Interface (eth0)

STEP #6: Now confirm to complete all the section and move forward.

Confirmation

After completing all the steps, open a browser to visit management IP. It will ask to acknowledge the certificate and you must agree to move forward. Login the GUI portal using the admin and the given password.

Steps in Web GUI (Wizard):

Now, First Time Configuration Wizard will open and click NEXT to continue.

First time configuration

Deployment Options window will open. I am choosing the first option for clean setup.

Deployment Options

Now, time to configure/check “Management Connection“. IPv4 is already configured and no plan to go for IPv6, so i am going to click NEXT to continue.

Management Connection

We do not need internet connection right now. So, i am going to skip this part, by clicking NEXT.

Internet Connection

Now, we put hostname and DNS in “Device information” section. We are using Google free DNS.

Device Information

In “Date and Time Settings” section we are using manual time. If you want, you can use NTP server.

Date and Time Settings

In next section, we will select installation type. We are selecting “Security Gateway and/or Security Management” as per our plan.

Installation Type

We want to make our devices gateway and management at the same time. So, we are choosing both in next “Products” section. We are not doing the cluster, so we are leaving Custer section untouched.

Products

In next section, we are creating a new administrator account.

Security Management Administrator

In next section, we have option to limit GUI management access. I am selecting my PC only for the login.

Security Management GUI Clients

In final section, a summary will be shown for verification. Click Finish if everything is OK.

First Time Configuration Wizard Summary

Installation will begin. It will take few minuets to complete. After completing the installation, you need to download SmartConsole for management. You can download it by login the firewall.

Check Point Web GUI

Finally, login through SmartConsole using new administrator account.

SmartConsole

After login, it will show a fingerprint to make sure we are connected to the right device. You can verify it from CLI.

SmartConsole Login

To verify the fingerprint, login to CLI. And follow following steps.

Use command cpconfig and choose option 8 as per below image.

Fingerprint Check

Both “fingerprint” are same, so we are good to Proceed. It will launch all the applications one by one.

SmartConsole After Login

This is the how to install CheckPoint Gaia R80 in VMWARE environment.
Let me know if you are facing any issue to install.

Written by Rajib Kumer Das

I am Rajib Kumer Das, a network engineer with 7+ years of experience in multi-vendor environment. In my current company, I am responsible to take care critical projects and it's support cases. I do have several vendor certificates and have plans to go further.

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