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Checkpoint Backwards compatability

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Hi - I have CP firewalls & loggers all over the world running CP NG AI ver R55, all managed from a central console on a dedicated server.

I need to install another FW, preferably running NGX R60. (Eventually upgrading them all by the end of the year)

My Question: If i upgrade my Central Management server to R60, will it still be able to manage all my R55 boxes? Just want to know if it's backwards compatible.

Cheers, James.
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Generly speaking - a CP management usuauly supports about 4 versions back.

Specificly, from the R60 Upgrade Guide -

Backward compatibility to NGX R60 is supported on the following versions:
• NG FP3
• NG With Application Intelligence R54
• NG With Application Intelligence R55
• NG R55W
• GX 2.5
• VSX NG AI
• VSX NG AI Release 2


It sounds like you have a big installation.  I would strongly suggest reading through ALL the relevent documents before proceeding. Specificly, the upgrade guide, and the release notes. Look for any info on specific features not working with backward compatibility.

And, from past experience, while the management is backward compatible in a faily good way, there might be issues not mentioned in the Release Notes. I would suggest performing the upgrade of the managmenet on a seperate (identical as possible) machine (see upgrade, and export/import tools), and make sure the upgrade on the new machine works as planned. Then swap the new and the old machine, and If something will go horribly wrong, you could put back the old machine.
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