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We purchased two checkpoint devices with HA Cluster License.

Now we want to use as standalone license. 

Is that possible to convert the HA License into standalone?

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Re: License Conversion

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I'm assuming you purchased something like this where XXXX is the firewall model number:

XXXX-NGTP

XXXX-NGTP-HA

In this case the cheaper license with "HA" on the end is identical to the first one, except that the firewall with the HA license must be a member of cluster with another "fully" licensed member.  The HA-licensed firewall cannot be used just by itself or as a "cluster of one".  The HA-licensed firewall can most definitely be converted to a fully licensed version; contact your reseller who will trade in the existing HA license for a credit, then charge you the difference for the full license version.  The price discount on an HA license vs. the full license is usually about 20%.

Use of the term "standalone" in this context is a bit confusing, since that term generally indicates that the SMS function and gateway function are running on the same piece of hardware.  An HA-licensed box cannot run in standalone mode and manage itself, but a fully licensed model can.

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Re: License Conversion

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I'm assuming you purchased something like this where XXXX is the firewall model number:

XXXX-NGTP

XXXX-NGTP-HA

In this case the cheaper license with "HA" on the end is identical to the first one, except that the firewall with the HA license must be a member of cluster with another "fully" licensed member.  The HA-licensed firewall cannot be used just by itself or as a "cluster of one".  The HA-licensed firewall can most definitely be converted to a fully licensed version; contact your reseller who will trade in the existing HA license for a credit, then charge you the difference for the full license version.  The price discount on an HA license vs. the full license is usually about 20%.

Use of the term "standalone" in this context is a bit confusing, since that term generally indicates that the SMS function and gateway function are running on the same piece of hardware.  An HA-licensed box cannot run in standalone mode and manage itself, but a fully licensed model can.

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Re: License Conversion

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We just did this with a pair of 3200's and it works exactly as Tim described. Once our reseller processed the trade-in, I was able to pull a new license from User Center that removed the "HA" flag and allowed it to be administered as a single, unclustered Gateway.

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