Supported Upgrade Paths

Installation Methods

Upgrade Paths

Note - For more information about Security Management Servers and supported managed Security Gateways see sk113113.

Upgrade to R81.10 is available only from these versions:

Current Version

Security Gateways


VSX (1)

Management Servers


Multi-Domain Servers




R80.30 kernel 3.10,

R80.30 kernel 2.6,

R80.20 kernel 3.10,

R80.20 kernel 2.6

For Scalable Platforms:





Not applicable

Not applicable



Not applicable

Not applicable



Requires a 2-step

upgrade path (3)(4)

Requires a 2-step

upgrade path (3)(4)


Not applicable

Requires a 2-step

upgrade path (3)

Not applicable



Requires a 2-step

upgrade path (3)(4)(5)

Requires a 2-step

upgrade path (3)(4)(5)


  1. Starting in R81.10, VSLS is the only supported mode for new installations.

    Upgrade of a VSXClosed Virtual System Extension. Check Point virtual networking solution, hosted on a computer or cluster with virtual abstractions of Check Point Security Gateways and other network devices. These Virtual Devices provide the same functionality as their physical counterparts. ClusterClosed Two or more Security Gateways that work together in a redundant configuration - High Availability, or Load Sharing. in the High AvailabilityClosed A redundant cluster mode, where only one Cluster Member (Active member) processes all the traffic, while other Cluster Members (Standby members) are ready to be promoted to Active state if the current Active member fails. In the High Availability mode, the Cluster Virtual IP address (that represents the cluster on that network) is associated: (1) With physical MAC Address of Active member (2) With virtual MAC Address. Synonym: Active/Standby. Acronym: HA. mode from earlier versions to R81.10 is supported.

    To convert the upgraded VSX Cluster to VSLS, use the "vsx_util to convert" command.

  2. Upgrade from these versions to R81.10 is supported only with the required Takes of Jumbo HotfixClosed Software package installed on top of the current software version to fix a wrong or undesired behavior, and to add a new behavior. Accumulators. See sk173363.

    In Maestro environment, it is possible to upgrade Security GroupsClosed A logical group of Security Appliances (in Maestro) / Security Gateway Modules (on Scalable Chassis) that provides Active/Active cluster functionality. A Security Group can contain one or more Security Appliances / Security Gateway Modules. Security Groups work separately and independently from each other. To the production networks, a Security Group appears a single Security Gateway. In Maestro, each Security Group contains: (A) Applicable Uplink ports, to which your production networks are connected; (B) Security Appliances (the Quantum Maestro Orchestrator determines the applicable Downlink ports automatically); (C) Applicable management port, to which the Check Point Management Server is connected. and Quantum Maestro OrchestratorsClosed A scalable Network Security System that connects multiple Check Point Security Appliances into a unified system. Synonyms: Orchestrator, Quantum Maestro Orchestrator, Maestro Hyperscale Orchestrator. Acronym: MHO. (if you decide to upgrade, you must upgrade both).

  3. The required 2-step upgrade path is:

    1. To R80.40

      See the R80.40 Installation and Upgrade Guide.

    2. To R81.10

  4. Before you start the upgrade, you must make sure the GaiaClosed Check Point security operating system that combines the strengths of both SecurePlatform and IPSO operating systems. OS edition is 64-bit:

    1. Get the current Gaia OS edition with this Gaia ClishClosed The name of the default command line shell in Check Point Gaia operating system. This is a restricted shell (role-based administration controls the number of commands available in the shell). command:

      show version all

    2. If the Gaia OS edition is "32-bit", run these Gaia Clish commands:

      set edition 64-bit

      save config


  5. To upgrade an R77.30 environment that implements Carrier Security (former Firewall-1 GX), you must follow sk169415:

    1. Upgrade the R77.30 Management ServerClosed Check Point Single-Domain Security Management Server or a Multi-Domain Security Management Server. to the special R80.30-based image.

    2. Upgrade the R80.30 Management Server to R81.

    3. Change the GTP settings.

    4. Upgrade the R77.30 Security Gateway / Cluster to R81.

    5. Upgrade the R81 Management Server to R81.10.

    6. Upgrade the R81 Security Gateway / Cluster to R81.10.

Upgrade Methods

Use these methods to upgrade your Check Point environment to R81.10:

Check Point Products

Supported Upgrade Methods for These Products                             

  • Security Gateway

  • VSX

  • Central Deployment of Hotfixes in SmartConsole

  • CPUSE Upgrade

  • CPUSE Clean Install

  • CPUSE Upgrade

  • CPUSE Clean Install

  • Advanced Upgrade

  • Upgrade with Migration

The minimum required unpartitioned disk space is the highest value of one of these:

  • Size of the current root partition.

  • The used space in the current root partition plus 3 GB.

  • If the used space is more than 90% of the root partition, then 110% of the size of the current root partition.


  • At least 20 GB of free disk space is required in the root partition for an Upgrade to succeed.

  • At least 10 GB of free disk space is required in the /var/log partition for a Clean Install or Upgrade to succeed.