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FW Monitoring through XML API

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Hi all,

I am trying to get the cluster states of our two PA Firewalls (active/passive) through the XML API. I am particular interested in the "state" values of both members. The only thing I was able to retrieve was https://hostname/api/?type=op&cmd=%3Cshow%3E%3Chigh-availability%3E%3Call%3E%3C%2Fall%3E%3C%2Fhigh-a...

But for monitoring purpose (PRTG) I just need the "<local-info><state>" part of the whole output. How can I do that ? What is the API URL for just that information ?

thanks Roland


L3 Networker

There's a little example in panxapi(1) from PAN-perl which shows how to get to some data in type=op XML output.

   Print operational command variable using shell pipeline.
      $ (panxapi -t pa-200 -Xpro 'show system info';
      > echo 'print $VAR1->{system}->{"av-version"},"\n"') | perl
      op: success

You could also try to find what you are looking for in sysd (show system state ...) which doesn't get everything wrapped in XML when using  the API type=op request.

thanks, but I need an API URL  a script does not help in that case.

Hi Roland,

The currently available API in 4.1.x does not allow you to query single specific values from the output returned.  The operational commands available through the API simply map to the equivalent commands available through the CLI.  The application calling the API would need to parse the output to limit the response to just the value required.


-- Kevin

Note that there are some configuration mode commands that can be performed via type=op API requests.

For example, check and save.  This isn't documented as far as I know.

$ panxapi -t pa-200 -Xxo 'check pending-changes'

op: success

<response status="success"><result>no</result></response>

$ panxapi -t pa-200 -Xxo 'save config'

op: success

<response status="success"><result>Config saved to .snapshot.xml</result></response>

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