Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Check Point/Palo Alto Evaluation License

Ok, when comparing Check Point and Palo Alto firewalls, one thing I do NOT like about Palo is that you can not do an evaluation without getting a temporary license for it.  You do NOT have to do this with Check Point.  You want to learn Check Point, you have 15 days to try it, then you can just reinstall it if that was not enough time.  You don't have to call anyone.  With Palo, that is not the case.  You cant just evaluate it yourself without Palo being involved.  I don't like that.  Maybe Palo will change that in the future.  Work with the Check Point all you like.  Thats a real shame on Palo.


  1. You can get free a PA VM from your local PA SE. Without a license it will be functional enough to even do your PA certifications. The only restrictions are no URL and threat signature updates, as well as fewer sessions through the firewall. For a physical appliance, same thing, works even with an expired license.

    1. That's true. However, it still limits your learning. For example, you can't add firewall to Panorama and test templates. For that you need Firewall serial number to add on Panorama. Also, you can't learn about GlobalProtect. I agree with Shane, as a Next Gen leader in the market, why Palo Alto is reluctant to provide full fledged license even for 15 days.


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