Powershell to Update Custom URL Category

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Powershell to Update Custom URL Category

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Wanted to contribute back with some powershell I put together to update a custom url category on a firewall.  I used several posts here, as well as some code from a Nessus Powershell script and the pan-python project as a basis for this script.  Also on GitHub: wesallen/PaloAlto-Powershell · GitHub

# Carlos Perez provided this bit of code to help with ignoring the self-signed

# certificate on Nessus. If you are not using a self-signed certificate you

# don't need this bit of code.

if ([System.Net.ServicePointManager]::CertificatePolicy.ToString() -ne 'IgnoreCerts')


    $Domain = [AppDomain]::CurrentDomain

    $DynAssembly = New-Object System.Reflection.AssemblyName('IgnoreCerts')

    $AssemblyBuilder = $Domain.DefineDynamicAssembly($DynAssembly, [System.Reflection.Emit.AssemblyBuilderAccess]::Run)

    $ModuleBuilder = $AssemblyBuilder.DefineDynamicModule('IgnoreCerts', $false)

    $TypeBuilder = $ModuleBuilder.DefineType('IgnoreCerts', 'AutoLayout, AnsiClass, Class, Public, BeforeFieldInit', [System.Object], [System.Net.ICertificatePolicy])

    $TypeBuilder.DefineDefaultConstructor('PrivateScope, Public, HideBySig, SpecialName, RTSpecialName') | Out-Null

    $MethodInfo = [System.Net.ICertificatePolicy].GetMethod('CheckValidationResult')

    $MethodBuilder = $TypeBuilder.DefineMethod($MethodInfo.Name, 'PrivateScope, Public, Virtual, HideBySig, VtableLayoutMask', $MethodInfo.CallingConvention, $MethodInfo.ReturnType, ([Type[]] ($MethodInfo.GetParameters() | % {$_.ParameterType})))

    $ILGen = $MethodBuilder.GetILGenerator()



    $TypeBuilder.CreateType() | Out-Null

    # Disable SSL certificate validation

    [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::CertificatePolicy = New-Object IgnoreCerts


##Firewall URL

$HostPA = "https://x.x.x.x"

##API Key

$apiKey = "your_api_key"

##Name for custom URL Category

$category = "your_category"

## input file, one url per line, formated like this:  <member>somesite.com</member>

$urls = (Get-Content .\urls.xml) -join""

##Send new list, replaces all items within the category

[xml]$content = Invoke-RestMethod "$HostPA/api/?xpath=/config/devices/entry/vsys/entry/profiles/custom-url-category/entry[@name='$category']/list&action=edit&type=config&element=<list>$urls</list>&key=$apiKey"

##Print response code


##Commit Changes

[xml]$content = Invoke-RestMethod "$HostPA/api/?type=commit&cmd=<commit></commit>&key=$apiKey"

##Print response code



L1 Bithead

Hey WesAllen,


This is great!  Exactly what I needed.


I'm wanting to use action=set instead of edit.  Though its providing an error indicating it may need to override template object first. 


EDIT:  Figured it out.

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