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Check Point CheckMates is our online community for all Check Point customers, partners, and security experts.
The community platform provides a user-friendly space for members to benefit from all the activities and insightful content it has to offer.
In a short time frame, 100,000 security professionals from over 200 countries gathered on CheckMates where together, we learn, share, and inspire each other every day.

This year, the community has plenty to celebrate!
We invited all our members to join in and say cheers to the best of CheckMates with The CheckMates Challenge.

Moti, Val, and I got together in front of a rolling camera to kick off the celebrations. With a few bloopers, a lot of laughter, and amazing prizes to be won, the community was raring to go.

Cheering to CheckMates included a whole load of celebratory fun!
One particular highlight of this year’s CheckMates Challenges was The Best of CheckMates.
Members were invited to vote for their favorite community moments, content and people over the past year.
They nominated fellow CheckMaters for various awards based on their contribution and commitment to the community.
2019 winners are as follows:

All8

The winner of the How-To Videos competition is @Adam_Forester , with an eye-opening presentation on Updatable Objects & NAT.

Members are also shaping the future of Check Point!
On the community, we asked CheckMates users to share their innovative Idea of the Year, whether a product, feature or service.
Policy-Based Routing for Office 365 was chosen as the most notable, innovative Idea of the Year and is planned to be part of the Check Point roadmap for 2020.

What’s a real celebration without a little fun and games with prizes to win? The #CheckMatesChallenge contest on LinkedIn invited followers to take a unique photo with the community’s logo and share it on their LinkedIn profiles tagging CheckMates. Contestants traveled far and wide and some even went to great heights!

As this year’s celebrations come to an end, we wish all the winners huge congratulations and look forward to seeing you in Tel Aviv for the CheckMates Experience 2019.
Immense gratitude is owed to the entire community for all the significant value each member brings to CheckMates every day and to the voices that influence Check Point solutions.

@Gil_Shwed and @Dorit_Dor wanted to thank our winners personally!

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Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

Community Highlights

As I was on vacation the previous week, there was no "This Week in CheckMates" last week.
This week's threads to watch come from the last two weeks:

R80.40 Early Availability

We are starting the R80.40 Production EA program in the near future!
Participants in the Production EA get to work directly with R&D as part of this process.
A public EA of R80.40 will be made available later on.
A few relevant threads:

New Software Releases

Upgrade to R80.x

Other Topics

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

Community Highlights

I decided to try a slightly different format for the "Community Highlights" section last week, and I kind of like it. Tell me what you think! Meanwhile, here are the threads to watch from the last week:

New Software Releases

Upgrade to R80.x

Given that R77.30 is going End of Support in September, now is as good a time as any to get upgraded. Here are a few threads of interest:

API/CLI Examples

Other Topics

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

Community Highlights

Here are the threads to watch from the last week:

New Software Releases

Upgrade to R80.x

Given that R77.30 is going End of Support in September, now is as good a time as any to get upgraded. We've had a couple of success stories of customers upgrading to R80.20 and R80.30:

IPS and Threat Prevention

Other Threads:

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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20190708_114221.jpgIt's that time of the month where we recognize our best members. Put your virtual hands together for @Matt_Dunn, our CheckMates member of the Month for August 2019!

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Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

Community Highlights

Here are the threads to watch from the last week:

New Releases

Moving from 4400 (R77.30) to 6500 (R80.20)

This could be useful in other "appliance move and upgrade" scenarios as well.

Hardware for Home Lab

VMware or similar all the way.

Status on Security Management as a Service

It's in Early Availability.

CDT versus SmartUpdate

SmartUpdate is legacy, but you'll see CDT gui-ified in an upcoming version.

Inline Layer in R80.20 After Migration from R77.30

We cover this in the Migrate to R80.x presentations we've done at local user groups and via TechTalks.

Create Network with Tag and Associate with a Group

Easy to do with the API.

How to Report on Zero Hit Rules

No report in SmartEvent currently, but you can get the information via API.

Check Point IP290 and R77.10

This looks like a prime candidate for a hardware and software refresh as both of these things are End of Support.

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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Admin
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Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

Community Highlights

Here are the threads to watch from the last week:

R80.30 JHF Take 19 is GA

For those waiting for the first GA jumbo before upgrading to R80.30, now you've got it!

ClusterXL Synchronization Network Bandwidth

Gigabit is usually sufficient, but it can be higher.

One-liner Show Office Mode IP User Timeout

We like these kinds of one-liners on CheckMates.

VPN Community Shared Secret Keys Are Not Shown

By design in R80+.

Object Categories Not Displaying Correctly

Funny thing is, I ran into a similar issue during a CheckMates Live event this week. We are aware of the issues.

R80.20 Management Feature Release Abandoned?

Use R80.30 instead.

Multiple Types of Objects in Source Column Leading to Policy Verification Failure

Mixing Access Roles and regular network objects in a source is blocked by design.

Not Able to Set session-timeout with mgmt_cli

Specifically when using --root true.

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

Community Highlights

Here are the threads to watch from the last week:

Firewall Allowing Traffic Without Access Policy

Beware of implied rules.

SmartConsole Object Problem on Windows 1903

Microsoft updated .NET to version 4.8, which is causing some issues.

Example Gaia FTW cloud-init User Data for Blink Enabled and Legacy config_system Images

Should make it easier to auto-setup new installations.

Check Point Gateway Cores and FW Workers

Some basics on allocating cores with CoreXL.

SIP Over TLS Non Standard Ports

Kind of an odd one that had a simple fix.

Understanding URL Filtering and App Control on HTTPS Sites

The destination host shown in the logs may not be exactly how URL Filtering saw the connection.

Office Mode IP Failure

There are a couple reasons for this.

How to Read Log Files Once Offloaded

They need to be loaded on another management server and be indexed.

When Will Check Point Support the Load Sharing Mode in either R80.20 or R80.30?

Our VP of Products provides the definitive answer.

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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Admin
Admin

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

CheckMates Around The World

Been a while since I've shared photos of events, but it's been quite a busy last several weeks.

Earlier in July, I did our first events in the Caribbean! Had nice crowds in Trinidad and Barbados. 

Trinidad.pngFlatMoti.jpg

Meanwhile, @Valeri_Loukine did our first event in Minsk this past week to an enthusiastic crowd!

val-minsk.jpg

Community Highlights

Here are the threads to watch from the last week:

Not Able to Find the Serial Number

While we've had the ability to query at the OS level for a serial number for a while now, this doesn't work on some older appliances.

GeoProtection Daily Update Issue From July 10th

This caused some customers issues. Here's the official story on what happened.

Is It Possible to Change an Interface MAC Address?

You can temporarily anyway.

Can I Replace Conventional Antivirus Kaspersky with Check Point Endpoint Suite

Why, yes you can.

Maestro TechTalk

Get the answers to your burning questions about Maestro.

Version R77.20.87 Build 990172938 Not Documented

Discussion around TCP SACK fixes for SMB appliances

My Top 3 Check Point CLI Commands

This 2 year old post by @Moti is by far our most popular post on CheckMates, and it's still getting replies!

When Will Check Point Support Load Sharing in R80.20 or R80.30?

It's coming soon for R80.30.

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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Admin
Admin

Welcome to "This Week in CheckMates," your weekly highlight reel for all things CheckMates!
Past and future posts will be available here: The CheckMates Blog
To have these updates show up in your preferred RSS reader add the following URL: The CheckMates Blog RSS Feed
See also our social media accounts and our podcast (RSS Feed)

Community Highlights

Here are the threads to watch from the last week:

New Releases

CheckMates Member of the Month for July 2019: Nicholas Doropoulos

Put your virtual hands together!

Behavior of HA Cluster When SYN Link is Down

A bonded sync link is a good idea.

One Liner Collection

Similar to My Top 3 CLI Commands but it lists posts that reference some more complicated CLI foo.

High Dispatcher CPU

How to troubleshoot.

High CPU on Allowed But Unknown Traffic

Similar to the previous thread, but involving VSX.

Win10 E80.85 Endpoint Patching VPN Connection Lost July Updates

If you're applying Windows 10 updates, make sure the Endpoint Security client is also updated as well.

Unable to Connect to McAfee SIEM via LEA After Upgrade to R80.20

Some changes were made in R80+ with regards to OPSEC, make sure your third party products have been updated.

Check Point OS Download

Explaining the various options.

Parsing The Output of "mgmt_cli" Using jq

An oldie but goodie that periodically comes up.

Upcoming Events

We are now maintaining our event calendar in Google Calendar.
You can browse our calendar of events here: CheckMates Calendar 
Here's where you can find @Valeri_Loukine and I over the next few weeks

If you would like a CheckMates Live event in your area, get in contact with us: checkmates@checkpoint.com 

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