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Hardware requirement for R80

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Hi Experts,

Am planning to migrate my R77.20 GAIA Management server running on Smart 1-25 to R80 Management server.

Is there any hardware compatible list for the same. Or could you confirm me if i can do that in my existing setup.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Edit 6/15/2016: Formal hardware requirements are now defined here in the "Open Server Hardware Recommendation" section: TAGS ARE REQUIRED --> Check Point Software Technologies: Download Center

Minimum Requirements for the R80 Mgmt EA are stated right on the EA page:

Security Management Server Hardware Requirements

Component

Minimum Requirement

CPU

2 cores

Memory

4 GB

Disk Space (for installation)

40 GB

While the memory requirements for R80 Mgmt have definitely increased, the very very good news is that policy operations are finally multi-threaded as opposed to all bottlenecking in the fwm process which was more or less single-threaded.  Adding more cores to your SMS will finally make a difference in R80.  🙂

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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You will need way more horsepower. By default the API engine will not start on a Smart 1-25. IF you plan to run the smart event as well you will need many cores of CPU and at least 32 Gb memory

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RickLin
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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Recommended Hardware in Production customer environment

Process:Minimun 8 Core

Memory:32Gb or more

Storage:Minimum 146GB Hard Drivers(SAS 15000 rpm) in RAID 10 configuration.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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That rules out all Check Point Smart-1 appliances since they all use 7200 rpm SATA drives.

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Yeah - been waiting for R80 for ages then when it is (almost) released it turns out to be useless on existing hardware, which rules it out for me for a few years until it's time for a refresh of our Smart-1 50s.  Very disappointed.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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We have a new Smart-1 3050 and while that is a big CPU & RAM upgrade over the Smart-1 50 it replaced, it still uses SATA drives. They’re 2TB each now, but still SATA.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Hi Matthew,

I'm going to go out on a small limb here, but R80 should run just fine on a Smart-1 50.

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Hi Aaron,

Those drives will be more than fine.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Hi,

The equivalent to Smart1-25 is Smart1-225.

More information about this appliance is available in the specification section of the Smart-1 Appliances web page

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Edit 6/15/2016: Formal hardware requirements are now defined here in the "Open Server Hardware Recommendation" section: TAGS ARE REQUIRED --> Check Point Software Technologies: Download Center

Minimum Requirements for the R80 Mgmt EA are stated right on the EA page:

Security Management Server Hardware Requirements

Component

Minimum Requirement

CPU

2 cores

Memory

4 GB

Disk Space (for installation)

40 GB

While the memory requirements for R80 Mgmt have definitely increased, the very very good news is that policy operations are finally multi-threaded as opposed to all bottlenecking in the fwm process which was more or less single-threaded.  Adding more cores to your SMS will finally make a difference in R80.  🙂

--

My book "Max Power: Check Point Firewall Performance Optimization"

now available via http://maxpowerfirewalls.com.

"IPS Immersion Training" Self-paced Video Class
Now Available at http://www.maxpowerfirewalls.com

Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Hi,

I didn't find the hardware requirements in the Release Note for R80. But I guess the ones applied to EA are still valid in GA as I got the following error when I finished the First Time wizard (on a VM with 1 core and 2GB of RAM):

Configuration failed with error:

Cannot install Check Point Security Management Server. Incompatible hardware: at least 2 CPUs required. Add more cores,

reinstall the OS and run the First-Time-Wizard again.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Could  Checkpoint IP390 Appliance   upgrade to R80 ?

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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It is not a supported platform and I don't think it would even install

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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My customer had smart-1 150 with 32GB memory upgraded.

Is compatible for R80?

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Yes it is. I run on an old S1-25. Not fast but works for the lab.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Just to clarify there are two variants of the Smart-1 25 model:

  • The original Smart-1 25 has 2 cores and 3GB of RAM, which does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for R80.
  • The revised Smart 1 25b has 2 cores and 4GB of RAM, which meets the minimum hardware requirements for R80.

I seem to recall that a memory upgrade was available for some Smart-1 units at one point, not sure if that is still the case.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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Edit 11/27/2016: The link below has been updated and the following Smart-1 appliances are not listed as supporting R80:

Smart-1 5

Smart-1 25 (I assume this includes the Smart-1 25b as well)

Smart-1 50

Smart-1 150

Normally you would go here to check which software releases are supported on which appliances:

Support Life Cycle Policy | Check Point Software

but it doesn't look like this list has been updated for R80 yet.  I'd guess a Smart-1 150 would be compatible with R80 and a Nokia IP390 will not since the IP390 is limited to a maximum of 2GB RAM I believe.  But bear in mind an IP390 is not typically a Security Management Station, it is usually a gateway and the hardware requirements for R80.10 gateway have not been published yet.

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now available via http://maxpowerfirewalls.com.

"IPS Immersion Training" Self-paced Video Class
Now Available at http://www.maxpowerfirewalls.com
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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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We recently went from R77.30 to R80 for our MDS which is running on a Smart-1 50.  Performance was good while on R77.30 but after R80, it is very slow and requires more horsepower.  32GB isn't enough and maxed and swapping...

Looking at OpenServer options...

The same goes for our MLM and SmartEvent servers.  They are in need of CPU/Memory upgrades due to all the SmartLog indexing.  Logs are not realtime since MLM is pegged and swapping as well.

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Re: Hardware requirement for R80

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We upgraded our OpenServer MLM from 1 CPU / 32GB to 2 CPU / 128GB and performance is great.

We upgraded our OpenServer SME from 64GB to 96GB and performance is improved as well.

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If anyone found your way here and has a Smart-1 205 or even 210 Please see this related question

Smart-1 205: R77.30 to R80 real world experiences?

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