How to make a Cisco geek cry


I work with this awesome Cisco geek who manages ASAs and MARS. Today I walked him through generating a report for his people with SmartLog.

I thought he was going to cry. This normally big tall handsome ex-US-Marine generally stoic person started making squeeky bubbling noises and then just started laughing exclaiming “THAT….IS……AWESOME!!!!!!, It would take me hours or days in MARS and its so beautiful!!!!”

Which brings me back to my rant…..what the hell is Software Defined Protection? CheckPoint will change the world with their awesome new R80 management station and Dudi’s SmartLog that makes Cisco geeks cry. Everyone and their mother has Software Defined Protection…but how many have a “Single Pane Of Glass Security Management”???

Only CheckPoint – god bless their souls.

Dudi…you made a grown man cry. Love you dude,


PS: PEOPLE: Just make sure ya’ all QA it this time.

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  • SebastianB  On May 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    What kind of Report in Smartlog? Is this a new feature introduced after R76? And I agree that CP should focus on QA big time 😉

    • Dreezman  On May 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      He was just trying to filter out junk and provide CSV that showed the traffic people were interested in. So he could provide a graph of traffic (from left pane) and the CSV. He said it would of taken hours/days in MARS vs minutes.

  • Nathan  On May 23, 2014 at 2:21 am

    hahahahahahahahahahaha LOL

  • Dameon Welch-Abernathy  On May 29, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Rest assured, product quality has been a huge focus inside Check Point as of late. The last couple of releases (R77.10, R75.47) have been relatively successful in this regard.

    • Dreezman  On May 29, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Seeing is believing….

    • Bob Mog  On August 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      I needs to be. R77.10 was an abortion. SecureXL is still screwed in that release and a number of customer i am aware of have had to turn it off to get their systems working correctly.

      CP still have a long way to go i’m afraid. Now they finally start lowing the number of their development streams (VSX, decent appliances, GAIA etc) they want to rewrite the whole lot with R80. I’m fankly concerned.

      • Dreezman  On August 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm

        Agree. Too many balls in the air, quality has been sacrificed.

      • Bob Mog  On August 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

        what we should really congratulate them on is their documentation. The Advanced Technical Reference Guides are a god send.

        sk98348 is also a masterpiece. I would have killed for this sort of information a couple of years back when CoreXL first came out.

        The other great thing is if you feed back on any of the SKs asking for clarification a resource will usually update it within a days or so. Some of the language used is quite vague alot of the times but if you can ask a specific questions they usually fix it up.

      • Dreezman  On August 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Agree, their SK people are really kicking butt. and it seems their training is coming around finally.
        Just hope development picks up the ball here soon too.

  • Victor Bezrukov, photographer  On June 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Smartlog is great but i still love to use Smart Tracker for the fast real time logs !

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