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Check Point Releases Terminology
This article provides the information about the Check Point release policy and terminology. Please contact your local Check Point representative with any questions you may have to information regarding this article.
R80.40 was released on January 28, 2020. This release (Take 294), installed with the latest General Availability Jumbo Hotfix Take is considered as Check Point's default version (widely recommended for all deployments). Check Point recommends to always use to the most recent General Availability Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator Take, listed in sk165456.
R80.30 was released on May 7, 2019. For new deployments, it is recommended to deploy R80.40 and higher.
R80.20 was released on September 26, 2018. For new deployments, it is recommended to deploy R80.40 and higher.
R80.10 was released on May 17, 2017. This version will reach its End of Support on January 2022. If you are using these versions (or lower), we strongly recommend you start planning your environment's upgrade. Check Point Default version widely recommended for all deployments is R80.40 Take 294 with the latest Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator GA Take.
There are different types of software releases:
Major and Minor releases
Major release: Introduces new functionalities and cutting edge innovative technologies to the market while maintaining high product quality. Major release is supported by Check Point for four years according to Support Lifecycle Policy. In the past few years Check Point has released Major releases every 1-2 years. Some examples of major releases would be: R77, R80, R80.20 , R81 Minor release: Introduces Security Management & Gateway with new features and stability fixes on top of Major releases. Minor release is supported by Check Point as long as its relevant Major version is supported, according to Support Lifecycle Policy. In the past few years, Check Point has released 1-2 Minor releases per Major version Release. Some examples of minor releases would be: R77.20, R77.30, R80.10, R80.30
Major and Minor releases are introduced in 3 steps:
Early Availability (EA) - Check Point’s EA Program provides pre-release access to Check Point’s upcoming Major or Minor versions introduce new functionalities and cutting-edge innovative technologies. As a Check Point EA customer, you have the opportunity to learn about our upcoming products ahead of the curve and influence their direction. Your feedback is important to us! Visit our EA program site for more information.
General Availability (GA) - Version is Generally Available and recommended to customers who are interested in using the new features of the new version. Version is available via CPUSE’s “All packages” view.
Default version - Check Point declares the version as Default version Widely recommended for all deployments few weeks after GA and following 1-2 Jumbo Hotfix releases. Version is available via CPUSE’s “Recommended packages” view.
Management Feature Release
Introduces Security Management with new features and stability fixes in between Major and Minor releases. Once the next Major or Minor release is available, Check Point recommends to upgrade the Security Management running a Management Feature Release to the next Major or Minor release. The first available release is R80.20.M1
Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator
Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator (Jumbo Hotfix, JHF) is an accumulation of stability, quality fixes and enhancements resolving multiple issues in different products. For more information, see sk98028.
Jumbo Hotfix Accumulator release is introduced in 2 steps:
Ongoing Jumbo - Every Jumbo release is first introduced as “Ongoing” version, ready for deployment for early adopters customers. “Ongoing” release is in high quality and passed all Check Point release Criteria. Version is available via CPUSE by using the package identifier and also can be provided by Check Point Customer Support.
General Availability (GA) Jumbo - Check Point Recommended Jumbo Hotfix for all deployments. An “Ongoing” Jumbo is declared as “GA” following significant amount of this Jumbo installations in the field. Version is available via CPUSE’s “Recommended packages” view.
Special releases and Hotfixes
Specific for a particular feature or a fix to be installed where required, a solution article (SK) will be published in Check Point Support Center with the relevant information and files for download.
We always recommend choosing Check Point’s widely recommended version, with the latest GA Jumbo Hotfix. You should choose a newer GA release if the specific new features introduced by the release are important to you. At this time, our widely recommended version for all deployments is R80.40 with its latest GA Jumbo Hotfix.
R81 is recommended for Security Management.
R81 is recommended for customers looking to deploy new features on security gateway such as Autonomous Threat Prevention, TLS 1.3 & Azure AD integration.
R81 is an excellent choice for customers deploying new Maestro clusters.
R81 with its latest GA Jumbo is soon to become our default recommended version. We plan to declare it as our default by the end of July 2021. Until then, our widely recommended version for all deployments is R80.40 with its latest GA Jumbo.
R81.10 brings significant improvements in security operation efficiency across the management server's reliability, performance, and scale. As part of Scalable Platforms, R81.10 brings a unique mix and match ability to leverage different Quantum security gateways within a single Quantum Maestro security group. This release is initially recommended for customers who are interested in implementing the new features. We will declare this version as the default recommended for all deployments, typically following the 2nd GA Jumbo Hotfix release. It will then be available in the 'Recommended Packages' section in the CPUSE tab in the Gaia portal. Our current plan to declare R81.10 as default recommended is Q4 2021.
For “What’s New”, Release Notes, and more information, refer to R81.10 Homepage.
All this information is available in the relevant Release Notes. In addition, with every new release, we update the Releases map, Upgrade map and Backward Compatibility map. For every minor release, Check Point will always make sure there will be a supported upgrade path for future releases.
Starting in R75.46, you can find this information in the "Released hotfixes" section on every Release page. You can also view the release's Known Limitations page, which includes solution numbers for hotfixes released to customers.
Upon important hotfixes, Check Point may update the release images to automatically install the fixes. Starting in R77, these changes are documented in several places: "files revision" PDF, Release Notes update, a note under the download links and filenames changes.
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