Need help with scripting to palo alto using ssh

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Need help with scripting to palo alto using ssh

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Hi all!

I'm trying to creating a script for a customer i Windows Batch (*.bat) that needs to login to a Palo Alto Firewall, run a few commands and then login to another firewall and so on. 


This is a strict environment so no internet connection is available. 
The goal is to login to upload the anti-virus and content offline-packs (Dynamic Updates )to a couple of Palo Alto devices from an SCP source.


I have made the script that can log into a Palo Alto using Puttys command line tool "plink.exe" and execute commands from a text file. The problem is that the SCP-server is requiring a password that outputs a prompt that is shown in the session window that I don't know how to send characters to. 


I have not find a way to solve this....


Is there any good Windows Batch programmer here that can help me out or is there another way to simply upload the Dynamic Updates file to a destination on the firewall or do I really need to trigger the update from within the Palo Alto itself?


I would appreciate any help I can get. 



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Current status:
- Plink cannot connect to Palo

Troubleshooting steps:
- it can login but cannot execute

- Python

- we need to use fw.expect with Python, be careful about 2.0 or 3.0 Python (commands different)

Discussion & Observations:
- Palo doesn't have full bash CLI that is why Plink is not working

Tips for your firewall:
- Scripting is not supported by brake and fix team
- Please contact your SE or RE, but I will try my best to assist

Please see KB:
https://X.X.X.X/api (put Panoram IP) redirects to https://X.X.X.X/php/rest/browse.php

Next steps:
- Please see example at

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