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Mohit_Yadav
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How to Prepare a lab for checkpoint using vmware

Hi,

I am new to checkpoint and want to set up a lab on my laptop using vmware. Please guide me with the process or any video(youtube) for that. I want to install R80.x in the lab. I want to go fo CCSA, so any study material for that will be very helpful. 

Thanks in advance.

Mohit Yadav

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Mohit_Yadav
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Re: How to Prepare a lab for checkpoint using vmware

Hey,
I have gone through this, but i am not sure whether i'll be able to setup lab on my own. Is it okay if i ask for your help, whenever i got struck in the process. I am using the topology as mentioned in the screenshot as given in the guide.

Thanks in advance
Mohit yadav

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Re: How to Prepare a lab for checkpoint using vmware

The big thing to watch out for when setting up a lab in VMWare are the system requirements of the SMS VM.  Make sure to allocate at least 4 cores,  8GB of RAM, and 100GB of disk space to it.  I know that seems like a lot of resources, but dropping below these numbers will make management very slow or cause outright failures.  Don't skimp in this area.

 

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Mohit_Yadav
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Re: How to Prepare a lab for checkpoint using vmware

Hi,

Can someone also share the simplest topology that i can create to perform hands on and practice for CCSA. Any reference regarding minimum requirements for the lab.

Thanks in advance

Mohit yadav

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Vladimir
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Re: How to Prepare a lab for checkpoint using vmware

@Mohit_Yadav , it depends on what VMware platform you are using: configuration on the VMware Workstation will be different from that of ESXi.

I'm running complex labs in both environments.

The thing to remember about VMware workstation is that its virtual networks are essentially dumb hubs, whereas in ESXi, those are actual virtual switches. This is important from clustering perspectives.

As Tim Hall mentioned, the amount of RAM is important. The speed of the underlying storage and the CPU core count are also should be taken into consideration.

Whenever possible, I suggest for people to run their Check Point labs on ESXi.

 

Regards,

 

Vladimir

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