REST interface An interface is provided that allows you to administer an appliance without being logged on to its standard user interface. This alternative interface is known as the REST (Representational State Transfer) interface. Using the REST interface, you can perform different kinds of activities on a particular appliance or on others that are connected to it. Actions — Turn off an appliance, restart it, flush the cache, create a configuration backup, and perform several other activities File handling — Access system, log, and troubleshooting files to perform activities such as downloading, modifying, deleting, and others Policy configuration — Configure settings for engines and rule actions, manage rule sets and lists by performing activities such as enabling, adding, deleting, exporting, importing, and others Updates — Perform manual engine updates and trigger automatic yum and engine updates A suitable script is the usual way to perform these activities. Prepare use of the REST interface To let users work with the REST interface, you need to enable it on the standard user interface of an appliance and permit access to it. Working with the REST interface When working with the REST interface, you use it for sending HTTP or HTTPS requests to perform activities on one or several appliances. Sample scripts for working with the REST interface When working with the REST interface, you can use suitable scripts for sending requests to it.