I used blink to build a couple of new gateways 13800 and 5900. I needed to install r77.30 + jumbo + 4 private hotfixes. Checkpoint provided a custom iso that contains all of them. So after only one reboot with blink, all was installed!
Basically, here is the steps I did, considering that I don't have physical access to the gateways:
- Make basic config (mgmt ip, routing, expert account, scp account, ...) via console
- Transfert blink and iso to gateway via scp
- Run blink
- Make basic config again (mgmt ip, routing, expert account, scp account, ...) via console
- Connect to web ui to run first time wizard
So it's very easy and time saving! Running blink needs less than 3 minutes!
Now some (not so critical) negative points:
- Depending on the model, the iso was different: here I had one iso for 13800, one for 5900. It could be better to have only one.
- First Time Wizard is only possible via web ui. In my case, https was not allowed so I was not able to continue. I think it could be better to perform the FTW via cli with a file (like "config_system –f xxx”)
- Basic config (ip, routes) has to be done again. It could be great to have an option to keep such config.
Now in my team we are working to use blink for RMA: it looks faster than CDT. Same for major upgrade : we are testing if blink is faster than CPUSE / CDT.