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Sentry Remote Power Manager and Check Point IP395

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We are deploying a Check Point IP395 firewall and would like to have dial-up access to it via a Sentry Remote Power Manager. Has this been done before successfully? Thanks experts for your help.
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ServerTech's Sentry Commander PT45 model would be a good choice. The PT45 has optional switchable outlets and four remote serial console ports.   You can perform a remote firewall reboot or access the Checkpoint CLI via serial port. You'd connect one of the PT45's ports to your dial-up modem, then bind that to a second serial port going to the IP395. If you want the power option, you have to buy one of the optional power control modules that plug into the PT45.

Note that CheckPoint's console management interface is not terribly intuitive, and you really only want to use it for emergency access. However, you can remotely manage the IP395 using the console application for routine administration, and only use the PT45 for critical rebooting operations. It's especially nice to be able to power cycle the thing, as sometimes that's the only way to restart them when they get hung.

 -mel
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