To keep VPN tunnels alive Check Point uses by default it’s proprietary tunnel_test protocol. In order to get it working with 3rd party vendors it isn’t enough to have the partner device set as an “Interoperable device” and set the tunnel keep alive method on your gateway object as DPD. You also need to set the peer gateway’s tunnel keep alive method as DPD, because by default it is still set to tunnel_test.
To change the keep alive methods you need to do the following as described on Check Point’s website here:
- In GuiDBedit, go to Network Objects > network_objects > <gateway> > VPN > tunnel_keepalive_method.
- For the Value, select a permanent tunnel mode.
- Install policy on the gateways.