R80 has been released

Checkpoints new Major upgrade R80 is now avaliable.

Take a look at sk108623 for further info – and if you choose to upgrade rather than performing a clean install, remember to take a good look at sk91060 first.  (Removing old Check Point packages and files after an upgrade)

So whats new with R80.

The most valuable feature imo. is that several administrators can work in parallel, on the same security policy. This has been a limitation earlier, as large scale deployments often required several different administrators to perform security tasks on the same ruleset. This has not been possible, as only one administrator at a time could write to the database.

(Looking forward to test this feature !)

Checkpoint write on their website:

  • Multiple administrators can log-in and work in read-write mode on the same security policy without interrupting each other’s work.
  • A new advanced locking mechanism is introduced, enabling concurrent administration.
  • Objects that one administrator manages can be locked from overwrites or conflicts by other administrators.

This all looks good, but be aware, that things have changed a bit. Be prepared for the new look, get to know it, and embrace it….

Notice, that at this moment, the R80 is not visible when using the “Upgrade wizard” at checkpoints website.

Search for R80 in the “Support Center” at Checkpoint