Our company purchased a pair of the new 6800 gateways. We initially applied Take 203 , before it became GA last week, as we weren't comfortable deploying new hardware without any notifies , supposedly the new 6800s can only run R80.10 and R80.20 ISOs and general release Takes and hot fixes can't be installed.
A week after putting them live into production the backup member of 6800 HA Pair NIC hung twice within a period of 24 hours. the submitted cpinfo indicated issues with the NIC registers and there was a recommendation to RMA the Quad port NIC card to "fix" the issue.
the following sk described what we were seeing in our logs
Not more than 96 hours later the same behavior occurred with the primary member of the 6800 cluster resulting in the failover to backup. again we RMAed the NIC card . on the recommendation of support , we changed the timeout for logging from 10 seconds to 2 seconds to better capture in the logs the behavior of the card before it failed. the card failed a 2nd time on what was the primary member , this time the unit flapped over 30 times over a period of 45 minutes before it ended up failing. this time the issue was more severe as the Cisco switch actually shut down the attached ports in a self protection mode due to continued prolonged flapping.
we are still waiting a solution from CheckPoint Support and R&D on this issue.
we initially thought the problem was isolated to our environment, but later heard the issue occurred in Check Point's lab environment in Canada on a pair of 4800s after they applied take 203. they initially thought the issue was flow control but the issues persisted after they turned flow control off.
It was later conveyed to me that an other customer that purchased 6800s was having the same issues but was on R80.20 and Take 74. This customer had replaced the NIC and was also looking to RMA the entire chassis .