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Nov 15th, 2011 MDM/P1 Group Meeting Minneapolis MN

posted Nov 16, 2011, 2:29 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 6:45 AM ]
Once again our MDM user group meeting was well attended, 40 people, biggest attendence yet. Shawna and CheckPoint team really did a bangup job hittin' it and herding the cats. Obviously the venue was a big hit (Fago Di Ciao), but also people love the technical content. We had Itai Greenberg come from Isreal to talk about VSX and Gaia releases coming out next year and some of their features. I didn't write down the details, but here are some high points I can recall (sorry, there are lots of voids here)
GAIA: Release Q2? 64 bit. 1000 commands merge of IPSO and SPLAT.
           Note: No IPv6/IPv4 translation, all or nothing
VSX: Next version comes out on Gaia, they are providing VSX appliances.
VE: Architected so that any changes in VMware do not impact VE
MDM: Provisioning is up for a rehaul.
Thanks to Itai for his LONG travel in a short time...You could see he was tired but stuck with it just for us.
I gave a 5-minute talk on our MDM Enterprise Management class for newbies. Centralized management is a double-edge sword. It can decrease TCO, but doing an Assign-All Domains-Install by a newbiecontractor will quickly lead to multi-million $$$ shutdowns. So we feel #1 Training is the only answer and #2 we will be putting up a Cloud CheckPoint Playland so our students can safely practice their new skills after they leave class. Also wanted feedback on putting up a Cloud VSX environment for our MDM group so they can safely play with VSX in and MDM environment. 
I think the best part of all our MDM meetings is the social/technical interaction afterwards. Here is the creme' di creme' of large enterprise CheckPoint users having the ability to talk about what works and what doesn't work, the good/bad/ugly unfiltered. People stayed until 10pm (I left at 9:30 and they were still going) just talking shop. Discussions I picked up/listened into between organizations:
  1. How to use MDM in an M&A environment
  2. How to structure workflow with MDM
  3. Cool backup solutions developed internally
  4. Solutions to enterprise mobile iPhone rollouts in an MDM environment
  5. How to migrate from large SmartCenter to MDM environment
  6. How to reduce rulesets using Tufin Auto Policy Generator
Hope we can keep these going!
Minneapolis MDM/P1 User Group Nov 15th, 2011