Check Point further enhances its Security Management with new features, stability fixes and more frequent releases. These enhancements are delivered using a new release path called "Management Feature Release". The first such release is R80.20.M1.
Management Feature Releases are recommended for customers who want to use the latest available Security management capabilities. Customers using this release should be prepared to frequently upgrade their management environment when a new release becomes available.
When the next Major release is available (such as R80.20), you can upgrade to it from the Management Feature Release. The next major release will include new features and enhancements for the Security Gateway and additional enhancements and features for the Security Management Server.
Key Differences from Major Release
Management Feature Release
According to Major Release Schedule
Security Management of all deployment types,SmartConsole GUI application, Security Management Server, Multi-Domain Management Server, Multi-Domain Log Server SmartEvent and SmartLog
Security Gateway of all deployment types, SmartConsole GUI application, Security Management Server, Multi-Domain Management Server, Standalone deployment
Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator and fixes methodology
Updates are shipped within the next Management Feature Release
Jumbo Hotfixes will continue to be released on regular basis
Management Feature Release can manage all supported Security Gateway GA versions available at the time of R80.20.Mx release. See the FAQ section below for more information
Manages Security gateways of this release as well as previous ones
R80.20.M1 can manage R80.10 gateways and below. After R80.20 GA for Security Gateway is published, a new R80.20.Mx version will be available. This version will then support managing gateways running R80.20 and below.
Check Point plans on releasing Jumbo Hotfixes only for the main R80.20 Major Release. For the R80.20.Mx, Jumbo Hotfix and stability fixes will be included in the next R80.20.Mx version. An exception to this release plan might be made for critical or stability fixes.
Security Management configurations: Security Management Server, Multi-Domain Management Server, Multi-Domain Log Server, SmartEvent and SmartLog Server are supported. Standalone & Security Gateway configurations are not supported with R80.20.Mx release. Those configurations will be supported once the R80.20 GA for Security Gateway is available.