To successfully discover a CheckPoint Gateway, correct role have to be assigned to a user. IPF requires role features set as read-only, except of “Virtual-System“ where read-write is needed (only if VSX firewalls are in your network, otherwise read-only is enough).
How to setup a role from web GUI
Open CheckPoint Gaia web interface
Navigate to User Management > Roles in the left menu
Click Add, fill in the name. In the Features tab select all items and mark them as “Read-Only“. No permissions from “Extended Commands“ tab are needed*.
If you have VSX firewall in your network, you have to set “Virtual-System“ feature to “Read-Write“ (we call “set virtual-system <ID>“ to switch to proper virtual system). This allows IPF just to change context and can’t be used for anything else.
Assign the role to the user used for IPF discovery
* Currently, not all the features are needed for IPF. But as we will add support of new features, it can change. List of currently required features for minimal working setup (IPF 4.0, Gaia R81): Advanced VRRP, ARP, BGP, Cluster, Display Configuration, Domain Name, Host Name, Management Interface, Netflow Export, Network Interfaces, Network Management, NTP, OSPF, Route, Routing Monitor, SNMP, System Configuration, Virtual-System, VRRP, VSX