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Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

Vienna Calling!

You can bet the CheckMates team will be at CPX 360 in Vienna!

Meanwhile, Kishin Fatnani took a great photo of a bunch of us in Vegas!

Posted: CPX360 

 

 

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

Smart Console: Packet Mode - Possible Bug? 

Yes, theres a bug there, but thanks to the community, we'll see an improvement!

 

New in Developers (Code Hub)

 

Lower Number of CoreXL Instances in ClusterXL HA

The number of CoreXL on all cluster members must match or clustering won't work.

 

Application Control Bug!? 

Not really a bug, but a misunderstanding of how the policy works on SMB appliances.

 

ConnectControl / Logical Servers within same subnet 

Have to admit, this one stumped me, even!

 

Limited Permission Profile 

While it's not possible to limit who can read a specific policy, you can restrict what logs they can see (in R80.x at least).

 

How to check debug command ? 

Given there are a number of different ways to debug, there is no simple answer to this question.

 

R77.20.85 performance issue on centrally managed SMB 

The fixed version of firmware was released on 11 February. See: R77.20.85 for Small and Medium Business Appliances 

 

Log all the rules on R80.x 

Including the implied rules.

 

Honeypot files in OneDrive synced folder 

Rename the files. We are planning a fix for this.

 

Upcoming Events

Due to the upcoming change to Lithium, we are maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.

You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 

Upcoming events include:

We are currently in the planning phases for our 2019 events.

If you want one in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

CheckMates at CPX 360 Las Vegas

Between running the CheckMates sessions and other tasks, I didn't get as many photos of the team.

That said, a lot of us was there.

Personally, I was very blinged up during the event:

 

 

For those wondering, yes, we will have those pins in Vienna!

And we'll have these shirts (modeled by Toni Ponder):

 

 

In addition to the festivities of CPX, there was a gathering for those of us who had been at Check Point 10 or more years.

Personally, I just past the 20 year mark between my time at Nokia and Check Point.

Plaques were given, and I managed to get a picture with our CEO Gil Shwed:

 

 

And my partner in crime Moti Sagey gave me a brief shoutout during his session:

 

 

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

R80.30 Public EA Program is now available! 

Are you participating in this yet?

 

R80.20: New Jumbo Hotfix (Take 33) GA Release 

Meanwhile, the latest GA jumbo hotfix is available.

 

Will (Smart)Workflow come back? 

We still plan to bring the features of SmartWorkflow back.

 

Gateway logs on Smartlog after SMS outages 

Here's a way to get the logs flowing again.

 

What is the procedure to Migrate firewall from one management server to another? 

Another oldie but goodie.

 

PAT/NAT to routed subnet? 

One use case for Address Translation.

 

Domain Object issue on R77.30 

These objects work a lot better on R80.20.

 

How to block some https sites? 

If you want to block (or allow) access to a specific site via HTTPS, this thread might be helpful. 

 

Upcoming Events

Due to the upcoming change to Lithium, we have migrated our upcoming event calendar to Google Calendar.

You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 

Upcoming events include:

We are currently in the planning phases for our 2019 events.

If you want one in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

 

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

CheckMates Migration to Lithium Platform

In case you are not aware, we are planning to migrate the platform we are using for CheckMates from Jive to Lithium.

I have written several posts on this recently:

We are nearing the time when the migration will take place, which we expect to happen during February.

Once the schedule is finalized, we will be sure to communicate it.

 

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

R80.30 Early Availability Program is started! 

The update is that R80.30 Public EA is here! We plan to release this quarter. That said, more private EAs will help us release it faster!

 

Can't connect to management server via SmartDashboard 

This problem keeps coming up, particularly in fresh-installed R77.30 and earlier systems, for example in this thread: Problem with cluster access 75.40 VS . The above thread explains how to resolve the issue.

 

Adding members to a group (via CLI) 

An older thread where a more clever answer was posted.

 

Class names available for use with the "show-generic-objects" API command 

One way to find this information out.

 

smartlog too many logs:Non Compliant DNS 

A few different suggestions for addressing this issue.

 

Jumbo Jail - Stuck between installing newer jumbo and uninstalling older one 

Nice workaround for what is a bug.

 

Smart-View - Infinity dashboard release 

What's Infinity, you ask? Now you can see it!

 

Confused by Manual NAT Rules - kindly asking for clarification 

Manual NAT rules for the gateway IP on an SMB appliance don't have an effect, but there's another way...

 

Upcoming Events

Due to the upcoming change to Lithium, we have migrated our upcoming event calendar to Google Calendar.

You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 

Upcoming events include:

We are currently in the planning phases for our 2019 events.

If you want one in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

This is one of a series of posts I've done about our upcoming migration of the CheckMates community site to Lithium (from Jive).

Past posts on the topic include:

Now that we've done a couple of dry runs of the migration, I feel pretty confidence the majority of the content will  migrate between the platforms successfully.

That said, there are going to be a handful of items and settings that will not.

This post will attempt to detail those items so you know what to expect.

 

Events

Lithium does not have an "events" module/content type the way Jive does.

Going forward, we are posting our events on a public Google Calendar, which the site will display in the sidebar on the main page.

We will also have a blog for Upcoming Events that will contain the same information as well. 

 

Polls

Jive allowed users to create polls on numerous topics.

Lithium does not allow this and such posts will either not be migrated or will be migrated with the actual poll removed.

 

User Bookmarks and Follows

In Jive, you can bookmark and follow users or spaces.

While you can do similar things in Lithium, this information will not be migrated across.

That said, if you bookmarked pages using the native bookmarking feature in your browser, old URLs should still continue to work (but will be redirected to their Lithium equivalents).

 

Videos

While videos that are hosted externally will be migrated with the rest of the content, videos hosted on CheckMates will initially NOT be migrated.

These videos will be migrated in the coming days/weeks after the launch of the new community site.

Specifically, videos impacted by this include:

  • The R80.x Training Videos
  • TechTalks
  • Some of the How-To Videos

Videos that are hosted externally (e.g. on YouTube) will be available Day 1.

 

Contents May Shift During Flight

We took this opportunity to restructure the community somewhat.

While the majority of boards will remain unchanged, there is a different structure in place.

We've also added a couple new ones and merged a couple others.

The search function will help you find what you're looking for.

 

 

If You Can't Find Something After We Migrate...

There will be a couple options to find it:

  • Archive: Some content, as part of the migration, will be moved to a private archive space. Post-migration, we will review the content and either move it to the correct space or delete it as appropriate.
  • Jive Community in Read-Only: This community you're on right now will be set to Read Only right before the actual migration takes place. We plan to leave this version of the community available for a time on a different URL to handle missing content and migration issues.

We will address these issues on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Next Steps

We are putting the finishing touches on the site design, which will be a bit different from what we have today.

A select handful of you will be invited by email to have a sneak peek so we can get your feedback.

We are planning to launch the new site during February, with the exact timelines to be finalized in the coming days.

We do plan to post on CheckMates and send out a newsletter shortly before the migration happens with more details about what will happen when and what to expect.

As part of our upcoming migration from a Jive-based community to a Lithium-based one, we are changing up the ranks (because we can/have to) and badges (because we have to). Here are some details about the changes that are being made so you know what to expect post-migration.

 

Ranks / Levels

In general, ranks/levels are given based on your community activity. In Jive, the rank names were boring names like "Level 10"--defaults that could have been changed at some point, but were not. In Lithium, the default names were even more boring, so we decided to change them to something a little more exciting--names based on precious metals and stones!

 

The formulas behind the ranks will also change, mostly because Jive and Lithium track different activities different ways. As previously noted, activities in CheckMates to date will be "transferred" and "scored" in Lithium according to the new formulas.

 

I recently did a check of several individuals with data migrated from Jive to Lithium. The vast majority of users will either be the same or an adjacent rank (one above or one below) as they were in Jive. In a few outlier cases, the rank could be significantly different. For the few outliers we've identified already, we will manually adjust your ranks post-migration. All other cases will be handled by request on a case-by-case basis.

 

Regardless, all activity going forward will be scored and ranked using the new formuals.

 

Passive Ranks (for people who don't post on CheckMates):

  • New Member!
  • Onlooker
  • Bystander
  • Beholder
  • Spectator
  • Bookworm

 

Active Ranks (for people who do post on CheckMates):

  • Ivory (Level 1)
  • Iron
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Opal
  • Jade
  • Pearl
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Emerald
  • Diamond (Level 15)

 

The above ranks will not apply to:

  • Employees, who will have their own ranking ladder (exact naming TBD).
  • Admins and Moderators, who will have a rank based on their specific role.

 

Badges

Your existing badges in Jive will not transfer over to Lithium.

We have defined some new badges, based on the number of times you:

  • Start a thread
  • Participate in a thread
  • Give or receive "kudos" (similar to likes/helpful in Jive)
  • Image and Video uploads

Based on your previous activities in Jive, you will be granted new badges.

We may define other badges in the future.

 

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

CheckMates at CPX 360 Bangkok

Valeri Loukine, Moti Sagey, Amit Sharon, Lillie Miller, and I were at CPX 360 Bangkok!

We gave away some cool shirts, one of which is modeled by Ashwin Ram:

 

 

 

For the younger ones: 

 

 

Yes, we will have these in Vegas and Vienna!

We will also have a scavenger hunt at these locations as well.

Here is a picture with the winners in Bangkok:

 

 

 

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

CheckMates Community Guidelines 

It's been a while since we needed to highlight the community guidelines. We recently updated them to clarify a few things that came up in recent threads.

 

When Will SmartConsole Support In-Place Updates? 

Coming soon.

 

New Gaia features (Dynamic CLI and REST API) are available ! 

We've released these features and demonstrate them at CPX. Valeri Loukine is even doing a presentation about it!

 

LightBoard Series -  Maestro - Security of hyperscale (technical deep dive) 

One of the things we announced at CPX 360!

 

Can R80.10 manage R80.20 gateways 

Yes, with the most recent Jumbo Hotfix.

 

Domain Objects (FQDN) - An Unofficial ATRG 

The updates to Domain Objects in R80.20 are a good reason to upgrade if you're on R80.10 or earlier!

 

UserCenter OpenSearch engines for browsers 

Very useful thing to have integrated in your browser.

 

R80.20 update cheat sheet - fw monitor 

fw monitor is useful for troubleshooting packet flows in the security gateway. It saw some changes in R80.20.

 

R77.20.85 performance issue on centrally managed SMB 

A fix for this issue is undergoing QA now. 

 

DNS Flag Day and Check Point 

There may be an issue with IPS if you're on R77.30 and not on the latest jumbo hotfix. 

 

Deleting old/unused policies - R77 and below. Best practices? 

Database backups are your friend.

 

App Control ignoring a rule 

Troubleshooting issues with Identity Awareness.

 

Upcoming Events

We are currently in the planning phases for our 2019 events.

If you want one in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

Every community has a set of guidelines, a "rules of the road" if you will. CheckMates is no exception.

 

Our goal with the CheckMates community is to serve Check Point customers and partners thru:

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Building Trust
  • Collaborating and Developing

We invite everyone to participate and make your mark here, but we do have a few guidelines we expect everyone to follow. For everyone’s sake, we are committed to enforcing these guidelines. 

 

Be Yourself

People will respect you more, engage with you more often, and treat you like a real person if you use your actual identity here. Have the courage to be you — instead of “Riot Grrrl 72″. While not mandatory, we think you’ll have a much better online experience when you stand behind your actual words.

 

Win Friends and Influence People

Get noticed! CheckMates is designed for discovery, direct involvement, and personal recognition. Connect with people around your mutual interests. Talk about what you care about — your passions — in a way that reflects who you are.

 

Tell It Like It Is

We’re into transparency, honesty, and truth. We certainly encourage you to share your thoughts (good or bad), but expect everyone to do so in a respectful, non-antagonistic manner. 

 

Don’t misrepresent yourself or lie about your identity, affiliations, or age. This community is based on the contributions of real people who put their reputations on the line. Be one of them. Ask tough questions and reward the candor of others.

 

Have (Good, Clean) Fun!

We’re cheerleaders for any activity that encourages the spirit of fun, so long as it doesn’t hurt other people. Please keep it professional, no blonde jokes or any words or images that come at the expense of others. Be sensitive to other users around you, and, in general, don’t post sexual or violent material. Those things kill conversations, just like in real life.

 

Be Constructive

Professional critics have something to teach us: they foster healthy conversation and debate without ever attacking people personally. Think about that when responding to others, and ask yourself the question: Would you say it to their face?

 

Think Globally

While the primary language of this community is English, the community is global in nature. Keep this in mind as you are communicating with others or others are communicating with you.

 

Share the Wealth

Make the community a richer place by sharing your experience and insight. You may have the perfect answer to someone else’s burning question. This is the substance of CheckMates: It’s how you give back to the community.

 

No Sell Zone

It’s okay to talk up the products or services you love (or sell), but only if it’s both relevant to the conversation and is largely technical in nature. If you are here to plant a ton of links to your website without doing much else, your posts will be removed by a moderator and you will be banned.

 

Likewise, there are a number of Check Point partners in the CheckMates community. While partners are encouraged to contribute to CheckMates, it should done in a partner neutral fashion.

 

Don’t Publish Copyrighted Materials

Make sure you have the right to publish any content you post to CheckMates, and don’t violate the privacy of others. Publishing the contents of articles in SecureKnowledge is not allowed, but links to said articles are fine.

 

Be Fruitful, But Don’t Multiply

Don’t create multiple accounts to violate these guidelines, game the system, or harass and deceive other users.

 

Keep It Friendly

The guidelines herein are designed to foster productive, friendly conversations. We may ask you privately to revise posts or other content you have authored (including user avatars) that violate the spirit of any of the guidelines herein.

 

Moderation Policy

While we encourage free-wheeling conversations on CheckMates, posts from newly joined members are subject to being moderated as an anti-spam measure. Messages may also be moderated that trigger automated anti-spam filters. Moderated messages are generally approved within a few hours, but may take up to 24 hours.

 

We have a zero tolerance policy on spam. Accounts that attempt to post spam will be banned and have their posts removed.

 

We reserve the right to remove or edit posts that violate the spirit of any of the guidelines herein. We may also move posts to a different space, edit the subject of a post to improve clarity, remove personally identifiable information from posts (e.g. email address or phone numbers), and/or links to specific websites.

 

Questions?

If you need clarification on the guidelines above, please reach out to us via email: checkmates@checkpoint.com.

Or you can send a private message to Valeri Loukine or Dameon Welch-Abernathy.

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

CheckMates Hitting The Road for CPX

It's time to start the CPX 360 2019 gauntlet!

That means the CheckMates team will be heading to Bangkok, Las Vegas, and Vienna!

Join us for the CheckMates Club at CPX 360 and send in your questions now for Dr. Dorit Dot and her team! 

FlatMoti can't wait to see you

 

 

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

R80.20 has recommended status now! 

Have you upgraded yet? If you're waiting for the new Linux 3.10 kernel, see: R80.20 Security Gateway with new Gaia based on kernel 3.10 is GA for CloudGuard and HP Gen10 ! 

 

Simple API Web Interface for DEMO 

People keep asking for a web interface to create rules and the like. Here's an example created by Check Point SE Carlos Diaz

 

How to filter traffic log by using CLI ? 

Did you know you can look at gateway logs via the CLI?

 

R77.20.85 performance issue on centrally managed SMB 

If you're running into this issue, please open a TAC case right away!

 

R80.20 Identity Awareness API 

Not only does the API have to be enabled, it must be accessible from the correct interface.

 

Calling a Bash Script in Cron 

Old thread that has been updated with some sound advice.

 

EA invitation - new Gaia features (REST API and Dynamic CLI) 

The Gaia REST API is now GA! See: GAIA REST API 

 

Command "enabled_blades" on embedded Gaia 

It's not provided, but there is a way to get the information.

 

Low Disk Space on /pfrm2.0 

Not really a problem per-se.

 

Upcoming Events

We are currently in the planning phases for our 2019 events.

If you want one in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

CheckMates in Tel Aviv

Valeri Loukine and I made our quarterly pilgrimage to Tel Aviv to plan for 2019 and get ready for the upcoming CPX conferences.

Val and I did a TechTalk also...in silly hats

Migrate to R80.20 TechTalk 

 

 

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

Endpoint Management as a Service Overview (EA Release) 

It's fair to say we'll see more "Management as a Service" offerings in the near future. 

 

Postman Collections (links to all available) and the basics 

Postman's a useful tool if you're learning how to use APIs. We have collections for all versions of our Management API.

 

Cisco or Check Point 

Asking this question on Check Point's community is, predictably, going to get you pro-Check Point answers.

 

How to create LegacyUserAtLocation object through the R80.x api? 

While these objects are legacy (and thus don't have a specific API to create them), you can use the "generic object" API to do it.

 

Can we install R80.10 on 4600 and 2200? 

If you have enough memory, yes you can.

 

R77.20.85 performance issue on centrally managed SMB 

Some conflicting reports on this. What's your experience?

 

R80.10: IPsec VPN - allow unencrypted pings between gateways 

While allowing encrypted pings with VPN clients. 

 

R80.20 Identity Tags and Updatable Objects  

You should be leveraging these in your Access Policies.

 

pfSense syslog parser 

Allows a Check Point log server to "parse" logs from pfSense.

 

CDT v1.6 is GA! 

Now with VSX support (and some other nifty features).

 

Upcoming Events

In addition to updating the tentative TechTalk schedule for 2019:

And, of course, CPX 360 2019!

If you’re joining us at CPX 360 this year, there’ll be lots of exciting goings-on for you to look forward to including the CheckMates Club!

 

The CheckMates Club is an exclusive event taking place in the Technology Innovation Lab at CPX 360. As a CheckMater, you are given the rare opportunity to meet and ask questions to Check Point VP of Products, Dr. Dorit Dor and her team.

 

Send us your questions in advance by completing this survey now!

 

Also, do not forget to visit The CheckMates Team at CPX 360 to register for this exclusive event.

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

Changes Ahead in the CheckMates Community

I had originally posted this last week as part of This Week in CheckMates 31 December 2018 but decided I should break it out into it's own post to draw a little more attention to it.

 

Community Migration: Ranks, Points, and Badges 

More in my series of posts about Changes Ahead in the CheckMates Community. More are coming.

 

Announcing CheckMates Club at CPX 360 

If you're going to CPX, you definitely want into this exclusive club.

 

Coming Soon - "How To" Videos Competition! 

Get your videos ready, we're looking for the best "How To" videos and we're giving away prizes

 

R80.30 Early Availability Program is started! 

We recently released R80.20 and we're in the early phases of R80.30 testing. This is production EA with R&D assistance.

 

Early Availability Program for Network Security as a Service 

CloudGuard Network Security as a Service (NSaaS) is Check Point’s new product and architecture for cloud-delivered security.

 

[Announcement] R80.20 Gateway with new Linux kernel is GA in Azure & AWS 

The performance has noticeably improved in these releases.

 

Check Point Endpoint Security Client E80.89 for MAC is now available 

Includes support for SandBlast Agent features on the Mac

 

Parsing the output of "mgmt_cli" 

This is an oldie but goodie that I used to answer a question along with How often are hits counts updated in API ? to come up with an answer to how to get a list of objects via the API.

 

Ultimate collection of Check Point links 

Good for those of you getting started with Check Point.

 

Check Point Diagnostic Console (cdc)  

Been some updates to this tool.

 

Upcoming Events

And, of course, CPX 360 2019!

 

As I mentioned previously, we are changing the community platform from Jive to Lithium.

While many changes will naturally occur as a result from the underlying platform changing, we are also taking the opportunity to reexamine many things we've been doing and seeing where we can improve.

 

Ranks and Points

One area that will change is the concept of "ranking" within the community.

 

The way Jive handles this is based on points.
Each activity you performed in the community translated to a certain number of points.
Someone could also "gift" you points by giving you an award.
Once you achieved a certain number of points, your "level" increased.

We largely left the settings at their defaults, both the points awarded and the names of the levels themselves.
As such, everyone had boring titles like "Level 2."

 

In Lithium, ranks are determined through a formula based on various activities you undertake in the community, others giving your content kudos, and a few other criteria.

Ranks can also be role-based, meaning if you have a specific role in Lithium, you will be given a specific rank.
Likewise, you can be granted specific permissions once you've achieved a certain rank.

 

What does this mean? Your point totals in our Jive community will not migrate to Lithium.

However, many of the activities you performed in Jive will be migrated to Lithium.

This will result in a rank on the new community that might differ from your current "Level."

 

The rank names will not be called Level X, but will be based on precious stones and metals for active members.

Members who are "passive" (read but do not post) will have a separate ranking tier.

Employees may also have a separate ranking tier--still to be determined.

Admins and moderators, as well as a few others, will have a role-based rank.

 

Badges

One of the areas you can expect significant changes in the migration is badges.

 

Jive had a couple of types of badges:

  • Mission Badges (certain activities had to be completed in the community to achieve the badge)
  • Badges given from one person to another that included a gift of "points"

We largely left these settings at their default values in Jive.

However, Lithium has no default badges.

There is also no concept of "user-granted" badges.

 

Unfortunately, this means you will lose all your badges in the migration.

However, we have defined some shiny new ones and you will gain them based on your previous and future activities.

We do plan to add others as well over time.

Some significant changes are coming in the next several weeks!

 

When we launched this community site as Exchange Point a few years ago, it was built on the Jive platform. 

Jive has served us well, but for various reasons, we need to migrate to a different platform.

We have chosen to migrate to the Lithium platform, which is utilized by a number of other brands for their community sites!

 

In many ways, the Lithium platform should be a significant improvement over Jive.

The platform changes will enable us to provide additional functionality, features, and benefits to the community.

That said, it's a fairly substantial change and we are working to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

 

Here's what I can say right now:

  • The new community site will maintain the same URL: https://community.checkpoint.com
  • All content in the current community will be migrated, but will have a different URL.
  • For those of you who keep track of "points" for your community activities, Lithium handles this differently than Jive. For the most part, everyone's current activities in Jive will translate over to Lithium and you will be ranked similarly. More on this in an upcoming post.
  • The look and feel of the site will be significantly different.

 

More details will be provided in the coming days.

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!

Past and future posts will be available here: About CheckMates

To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: About CheckMates RSS Feed 

See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed):

Changes Ahead in the CheckMates Community

This quiet time during the holidays seem like a good time to give a heads up that some significant changes are coming in the next several weeks!

 

When we launched this community site as Exchange Point a few years ago, it was built on the Jive platform. 

Jive has served us well, but for various reasons, we need to migrate to a different platform.

We have chosen to migrate to the Lithium platform, which is utilized by a number of other brands for their community sites!

 

In many ways, the Lithium platform should be a significant improvement over Jive.

The platform changes will enable us to provide additional functionality, features, and benefits to the community.

That said, it's a fairly substantial change and we are working to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.

 

Here's what I can say right now:

  • The new community site will maintain the same URL: https://community.checkpoint.com
  • All content in the current community will be migrated, but will have a different URL.
  • For those of you who keep track of "points" for your community activities, Lithium handles this differently than Jive. For the most part, everyone's current activities in Jive will translate over to Lithium and you will be ranked similarly. More on this in an upcoming post.
  • The look and feel of the site will be significantly different. 

More details will be provided as we get closer to the launch of the new community site.

 

Community Highlights

Here are the conversations worth watching in the community:

 

Update SmartConsole to new HFA without uninstall 

Your best bet is to use the Portable SmartConsole. See also: R80.20 - Portable SmartConsole + Tips and Tricks

 

Seeing full 3-way handshake for connection that should be blocked 

Relevant for R80.x gateways and FTP.

 

SQUID proxy ICAP and SandBlast (TEX) 

Did you know you can use a SandBlast appliance as an ICAP Server with a Squid proxy? Yes, you can!

 

A simple and reliable way to make sure your management is up 

Prior to R80, you could just see if fwm was started. Now, it's a little more complicated and we provide a script that checks for you.

 

Announcing the Partner Space 

We launched a partner-specific space accessible only to Check Point Partners.

 

[Announcement] R80.20 Management support for CloudGuard on NSX-V 

A nice Christmas present from R&D

 

R80.20 install on Power-1 5070 

While not supported, one of our members is determined to make this work. 

 

White Paper - Protecting IoT (Internet of Things) implementations with R80.10 and later Unified Policy, Protocol Signature, and Segmentation 

One way to solve the IoT security challenge.

 

Upcoming Events

And, of course, CPX 360 2019!

If you’re joining us at CPX 360 this year, there’ll be lots of exciting goings-on for you to look forward to including the CheckMates Club!

 

The CheckMates Club will be an exclusive event taking place in the Technology Innovation Lab at CPX 360. As a CheckMater, you’ll be given the rare opportunity to meet and ask questions to Check Point VP of Products, Dr. Dorit Dor and her team.

 

Visit The CheckMates Team at CPX 360 to register for this exclusive event.