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    Setup instructions for sending SMS from Check Point Connectra

    In this installation guide you will get detailed instructions on how to configure your Check Point Connectra to be able to send SMS messages with the help of Ozeki NG SMS Gateway. Please follow the instructions and check the configuration screenshots, also.

    Video: Setup two-factor authentication in Check Point Connectra with Ozeki NG SMS Gateway (part 1/1, configure your modem)

    With Ozeki's solution for Check Point Connectra you can add SMS extension to your IT system. In practice it means that Check Point Connectra includes Dynamic ID which is a new method for password delivery and makes a two-factor authentication possible. After you provide your password during the initial login, the Check Point gateway generates an other one-time password. This password is sent to a given mobile phone as SMS message with the help of Ozeki NG SMS Gateway.

    This solution makes your IT environment more secure. It also has further advantages such as the generated passwords expire automatically after they were used. The administrator can also make settings to improve security. He can preset the longevity of passwords. Furthermore, it can also be set what should happen if you or your employees fail to use the generated one-time password. In this case the administrator can decide that the system should deny access to resources partially or completely. He also can set which certain specified options requiring SMS authentication should be allowed or denied.

    If you decide to setup an SMS system in your company you will get a well-functioning and reliable system as this excellent solution offers a secure way to handle corporate passwords.


    To adopt this solution you will need a connection between the mobile network and your system. You can establish this connection in two ways: using an Internet connection or using a wireless connection by attaching a GSM phone or GSM modem to your PC. Please check this website if you need some help for your decision: Internet based SMS connections vs. GSM modem based (wireless) SMS connections. According to your decision, you will different preconditions.

    Preconditions for Internet based connection to the Mobile network

    To establish the connection between your system and an SMS service provider via the Internet, you will need these devices:

    Figure 1/a - Prerequisites for Ozeki NG SMS Gateway IP SMS connection

    With this type of connection you will need an SMS service provider who provides access to its services and ensures Internet based SMS services. On our webpage we have collected some providers to help you in your decision: SMPP SMS Service providers. After you have decided which provider and which service is the most appropriate for you, you need to sign a contract and you will receive connection parameters from your provider. Once you got the necessary parameters you can setup your Ozeki NG SMS Gateway software.

    Preconditions for wireless (GSM modem) connection to the Mobile network

    With this type of connection all you need is a GSM modem or a GSM phone and you can join it easily to your PC with a data cable. The GSM device will be operated by your Ozeki NG SMS Gateway software and it will be able to handle SMS messaging wirelessly. You will need the following components to use this type of connection:

    Figure 1/b - Prerequisites for Ozeki NG SMS Gateway GSM modem connection

    For GSM modem connection you will need the following components:

    SIM Card - Available at a local mobile network service provider*
    Modem - Use a Wavecom, Siemens or Multitech modem.
    Data cable - Comes with the modem
    Computer - Recommended: Intel P4 3Ghz, 2GB RAM, 500Mb HDD, Windows OS
    Ozeki NG SMS Gateway - Download it from
    Checkpoint Connectra

    *The SIM card will come with a plan, that will determine how much money you will spend on each SMS.
    Ozeki NG SMS Gateway can be obtained by
    opening the download page:
    Download Ozeki NG SMS Gateway!

    System architecture

    Ozeki's solution enables your system to send a one-time password to given mobile devices. These devices can be mobile phones or PDAs. This process works as follows:
    You log into your system with a username and a password. Check Point Connectra makes a two-factor authentication possible. In practice it means that Check Point Connectra will generate a One-Time Password. It sends this generated password over a HTTP request to Ozeki NG SMS Gateway. The Ozeki gateway will process it and send an SMS containing this new password to the given mobile phone (Figure 2).

    Figure 2 - OTP from Check Point Connectra

    Configuration guide for CheckPoint Connectra SMS

    If you wish to add SMS functionality to Check Point Connectra please follow the steps of this guide!

    Step 1. Configure Connectra gateway

    To configure your system you need the Check Point Connectra gateway and an other computer from which you will control this system. First, start the gateway of Connectra and log into the system. If it is the first time you login, log into the console of Connectra with the default username: "admin" and the default password: "admin". First you have to change the password and then the username, as well (Figure 3).

    Figure 3 - First login

    Then enter expert mode. Type into the console: "expert". You need to provide your password to be able to enter expert mode. After you enter it, specify another password to be used to enter expert mode after this time.

    By default "vi" text editor is installed on the gateway. To start this text editor type this into the console: "vi" (Figure 4).

    Figure 4 - Expert mode

    If it is started you will see the follows (Figure 5):

    Figure 5 - Vi text editor

    Press "i" to enter insert mode and type the usernames and their phone numbers; and separate them with "space". You can see it in the following syntax:

    Name <space> phone number

    Please note that after the <space> part of the inserted characters only numbers will be processed so please pay attention when you provide these data (Figure 6). For example:
    user1 06301234567
    user2 06209876543
    user3 06704563219

    Figure 6 - Inserted numbers

    If you finish, press "backspace" and enter the following values (Figure 7):

    :wq! $CVPNDIR/conf/SmsPhones.lst

    With this command you will exit and save data in the following folder: "$CVPNDIR/conf". It will be saved in the following file name: "SmsPhones.lst"

    Figure 7 - Create SMS phone file

    If you finish, press "Enter". In order to changes come to operation, reboot your gateway. To do so, type in: "reboot" then press "Enter" again (Figure 8).

    Figure 8 - Reboot gateway

    Check Point Connectra will ask if you really want to reboot. If you press "yes" then rebooting process starts (Figure 9).

    Figure 9 - Connectra reboot starts

    The following steps will show you how to configure the IP address of the gateway if it is not proper for some reason. In our example the default IP address is, and the address will be changed to the following one:

    In order to change IP address first type "sysconfig". In this case the system configuration of Connectra starts (Figure 10).

    Figure 10 - Sysconfig starts

    The first menu is "Network configuration menu". In it, select the forth menu item: "Network Connections" (Figure 11).

    Figure 11 - Network Connections

    Then in "Network connections configuration menu" select the second menu item: "Configure Connection" (Figure 12).

    Figure 12 - Configure a network connection

    Select the requested connection (in our example: "eth0"). To configure this connection press "1" (Figure 13).

    Figure 13 - Configure ethernet0 connection

    The following menu item will change the actual IP address: "Change IP Settings". To do this press "1" (Figure 14).

    Figure 14 - Change IP settings

    Then you need to provide an IP address and a netmask which is appropriate for this connection. If you finish press "Enter" (Figure 15).

    Figure 15 - IP address and netmask

    Now close "Settings" menu with the help of "E" and "Q". If you finish, reboot the gateway again, type in "reboot".

    Step2. Configure Connectra gateway with "First time configuration wizard"

    Then start the operational system and type in the browser: "". Please note that "" is the changed IP address. "First time configuration wizard" of Connectra automatically starts. On the first page you can read the license agreement. Click on "I accept" (Figure 16).

    Figure 16 - License Agreement

    Login with your username and password you changed at your first login to Connectra gateway. Click on "Login". After you login the wizard appears again. Click on "Next" (Figure 17).

    Figure 17 - Configuration welcome page

    On the next page you will find network connections assigned to the gateway. Click on "Next" (Figure 18).

    Figure 18 - Network connections

    On the next page there is the routing table. You need to define a default route. Click on "New" and "Default route" menu item in it (Figure 19).

    Figure 19 - New default route

    If you defined a default route, click on "Next". On the next page you need to define a hostname for the gateway. In our example it will be "Connectra" (Figure 20).

    Figure 20 - Connectra host name

    If you finish, click on "Next". On the next page you can set the date and time. If you do not want to change it, click on "Next" (Figure 21).

    Figure 21 - Date configuration

    On the next page you can define Web and SSH clients (Figure 22).

    Figure 22 - Web and SSH clients

    Then you need to select the management type of your gateway: "Locally" or "Centrally" (Figure 23).

    Figure 23 - Management type

    Then you need to add a GUI client. Namely you need to add the IP address or hostname of the computer from which the gateway will be configured. You can login and configure the gateway only from this computer. If you finish click on "Apply" (Figure 24).

    Figure 24 - Add GUI client

    Then you can see the added client. Click on "Next" (Figure 25).

    Figure 25 - Added GUI client

    Now provide the name and password of the administrator (Figure 26).

    Figure 26 - Enter Connectra administrator

    Next you need to download "SmartConsole" (Figure 27).

    Figure 27 - Smart console application

    Click on "Download" and install the application. In the end of the installation you will get a notification and on the next page you will get a summary of the gateway's configuration (Figure 28).

    Figure 28 - Configuration summary

    Click on "Finish". A window appears asking if you really want to continue. Click on "Yes" (Figure 29).

    Figure 29 - Configuration process

    By clicking "Yes" you start installation. In the end of the installation there is a window which notify you that the installation is complete. Click on "OK" and you can close the gateway (Figure 30).

    Figure 30 - Configuration finished

    Step3. Final configuration with SmartDashboard

    Now start the following application: "SmartDashboard R65". A window appears, type the necessary data in it: provide the administrator's username and password, and the address of "SmartCenter Server": "". Please note that this is the changed IP address (Figure 31).

    Figure 31 - SmartDashboard connection

    On the next page you need to approve the fingerprint of the SmartCenter Server (Figure 32).

    Figure 32 -Approve fingerprint

    Now the SmartDashboard window appears (Figure 33)

    Figure 33 - SmartDashboard

    Now you need to provide the users you defined with their telephone numbers at Check Point Connectra Gateway. To do so click on "Users and Authentication/Internal users/Users" (Figure 34).


    Figure 34 - Users

    On the right panel click on "New user" and then "Default" (Figure 35).

    Figure 35 - Add a default user

    In the "Login Name" line provide the username you defined at the gateway previously. Then click on "Authentication" pane (Figure 36).

    Figure 36 - Add a username

    In the "Authentication" pane select "Check Point Password" in "Authentication Scheme" line. You also need to provide a password which will be used by the defined user (Figure 37).

    Figure 37 - User password

    Then you can see the provided users (Figure 38).

    Figure 38 - Created users

    Now click on "Authentication to Connectra" at the Authentication sub-menu (Figure 39).

    Figure 39 - Authentication to Connectra

    Check the following option: "Challenge users to provide an OTP received at their mobile device via SMS". Then fill it with the following data (Note that is the IP address where Ozeki NG SMS Gateway has been installed):
    For SMS Provider URL:$APIID&username=$USERNAME&password= $PASSWORD&recipient=$PHONE&messagetype=SMS:TEXT&messagedata=$MESSAGE

    Username: admin
    Password: abc123
    (Please note that this username and password is the default user at Ozeki NG SMS Gateway.)

    API ID: action=sendmessage

    Please note that you need to enter the connection strings in one line without line brakes!

    Then click on "Advanced" (Figure 40).

    Figure 40 - OTP settings

    In the first menu item provide how you require the SMS authentication, the length of one-time password, and the validity of this password. You can provide your message data in "SMS Message" part. For example (Figure 41):

    Dear $NAME! Your one-time verification code to Connectra is: $CODE

    Please note that "$NAME" holds the username and "$CODE" will be the sent One-Time Password.

    Figure 41 - Advanced two factor authentication settings

    You can also set other options for this password. If you finish, click on "OK". Then click on "Install" menu item in the "Policy" menu (Figure 42). Note that at least one application and one access to application needs to be defined to do this.

    Figure 42 - Install policy

    Step 4. Test the system

    Now the configuration is complete. To test the system I type in the browser: "". In the appeared window I provide a username and password that have been defined at SmartDashboard and click on "Sign In" (Figure 43).

    Figure 43 - Connectra portal

    Next you can see that Connectra has sent the One-Time Password and it waits for the user to type it in (Figure 44).

    Figure 44 - Verification code sent from Connectra

    In Ozeki NG SMS Gateway you can check the sent password (Figure 45).

    Figure 45 - Sent message in Ozeki

    If this password is typed into Connectra and click on "Submit" then the user can enter Connectra (Figure 46).

    Figure 46 - Entered code in Connectra

    Thank you for reading this guide about CheckPoint Connectra SMS solution!

    If you wish to add SMS functionality to your IT system please download Ozeki NG SMS Gateway from the download page!


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