I was thinking about writing this post for some time now, hesitating to do this. I am trying to stay positive towards Check Point, but it looks I get enough of it now.
Certainly, my experiences may not be objective, especially considering I am usually dealing with complex environments and high profile customers. But here is something:
During the last year I am facing all kind of issues with R71 upgrades. Most of them are on MGMT side. This affects both simple SmartCenter servers and Multi-Domain systems. These are all kind of troubles:
- systems cannot be upgraded in place from R65,
- HFA 40 cannot be applied
- migrations fail
- previously working migration paths become non usable
- policies cannot be compiled or installed, etc.
It fact, during the year I have not seen a single painless R71 upgrade. It works fairly well with R70 and R75, but not with R71. That is a shame, especially considering most of the customers tend to stay on X-1 release, considering that a good practice.
Please share your R71 experience with me. Thanks.