R80.20 - Portable SmartConsole + Tips and Tricks

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The Portable SmartConsole is also available for R80.20.

Portable SmartConsole is a version of the SmartConsole client which is deployed without the installer of SmartConsole.
This package encapsulates all content into the directory where it is deployed so that it can be carried around in a portable device.
Another advantage of this version is that it allows side by side versions of the SmartConsole of the same release on the same computer.

 

The following SK Portable SmartConsole for R80.x  describes the download and installation.

 

Tip 1

 

There are new features that you can use independently. For example with R80.20, there are 2 user interfaces when looking at Check Point logs. Thus it is possible to use both log views independently:

- The default viewer when opening the SmartConsole application on your Windows machine.

- The default viewer when opening the logs on your web browser.

 

Tomer Sole describes this very well in the following article How to switch to the new log viewer inside SmartConsole (and maybe get a little performance improvement).

 

Furthermore, it is possible to change various settings for your  Smartconsole and Portable SmartConsole in the file:

SmartConsole.exe.config

 

This allows, for example, both log views to be used in two consoles. Or you can use one console by default and adapt the other one to your needs.

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Tip 2

 

Or you can start SmartConsole with different credentials automatically:

SmartConsole.exe -p SmartConsole.LoginParams

 

For this purpose create the following file "SmartConsole.LoginParams".

Format of the XML (none of these parameters is mandatory):

 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RemoteLaunchParemeters xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema">
<Username>username</Username>
<ServerIP>1.2.3.4</ServerIP>
<DomainName>BerlinDomain</DomainName>
<ReadOnly>False</ReadOnly>
<CloudDemoMode>False</CloudDemoMode>
<Password>password</Password>             <<< Should be used with caution!!!
</RemoteLaunchParemeters>

 

Tip 3

 

Now it is possible to start portable SmartConsole and the regular SmartConsole at the same time.

So you can e.g. view the logs and edit the policy at the same time with different SmartConsole settings (e.g. old and new log view).

Important!  You must use two different admin accounts for this hack.

 

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