I'm using Mac for 90% of work. The only reason I have a 2nd machine (Windows PC) is to manage the firewall.
Will SmartConsole apps (SmartDashboard, Tracker, etc.) in R80 be able to run on Mac?
We have nothing against Mac's, it is simply that we use graphical rendering frameworks and software framework for SmartConsole (Previously Smart Dashboard and other tools) that is only compatible with Windows. The good news is the new SmartEvent now has SmartView, a web visualization tool that you can log into to see any logs and events that are happening anywhere within your enviroment - right from your Mac, or even your iPad.
Check Point - Security Engineer
I agree we need a MAC OSX client for R80 as well. I am getting tired of having to install windows on a VM just to manage the firewalls. I could understand only having a Windows client 15 years ago, but come one get with the times. I could remember going to CPX and even Cisco Live conferences and when you looked at all the people in the breakout sessions and in the meeting rooms you might see one or two MAC's. Then over the years it went to more and more, and now it seemed like if you don't have a MAC you are in the minority.
Plus, with R80's APIs, you can now work from anywhere, regardless of OS
I agree that that API's are going to be a great help, and we are excited about it, but more in the scope of SDN. However, the API's are not a feasible solution for everyone, or even everyone on the same team. So you are forcing me to create scripts or write my own interface using the APIs just so I can use a MAC? That is not a solution. Yes the API's can be used from different OS's but it doesn't replace the GUI Console for team members that are Firewall admins that do day-to-day changes. These users are not programmers. It is easy for developers to sit back and say use the API's especially when you are the creator of the software. Sometimes I think Check Point forgets or loses touch with the people who use their software each and every day.
We are very aware of our customers' preferred operating systems. We hope that the changes of R80 solved some of the most crucial problems of our previous products, such as concurrent administrators, opportunity to scale up the objects system, and improving the user experience by moving from a blade-oriented application to a task-oriented application.
When we had the features/time matrix, for R80 the decision was to continue operating as a Windows native app, especially with SmartDashboard still being a component for working with some of the blades in this version.
We hope that the new Check Point API with the addition of this community will provide an ecosystem for users to share their works and upload new ways to interact with the Security Management server. We realize that this is not the complete solution for the Mac problem, but this is the feature set that R80 comes with.
The CLI is also an option, which will of course work from every OS over SSH or similar.
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