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SonicWALL GMS & Analyzer - General Release Notification for GMS/Analyzer 8.1

SonicWALL GMS & Analyzer - General Release Notification for GMS/Analyzer 8.1


NOTIFICATION:

In November 2016, SonicWall was pleased to announce General Release (GR) status for GMS/Analyzer 8.1.

8.1 joins 8.0, 7.2, 7.1, and 7.0 as one of five GR versions that SonicWall supports.

8.2 released in October 2016 is the latest version of GMS/Analyzer. Work is underway to bring it also to GR status.


CALL TO ACTION:

If you are running GMS/Analyzer 8.0 or earlier, please plan an upgrade to 8.1 according to the timetable below. SonicWall will be discontinuing Support for older GR versions in phases during the next 12 months:

https://support.sonicwall.com/sonicwall-gms/software

If you are running GMS/Analyzer version:

SonicWall recommends an upgrade or a fresh install/migration to GMS/Analyzer version:

Before your End-of-Support date of:

5.x

(General Release)

8.1 SP1 HF 178179 (General Release)

or

8.2

(Early Release)

Support ended

Dec 1, 2012

6.x

(General Release)

8.1 SP1 HF 178179 (General Release)

or

8.2

(Early Release)

Support ended

Dec 24, 2015

7.0

(General Release)

8.1 SP1 HF 178179 (General Release)

or

8.2

(Early Release)

Support ended

Dec 18, 2016

7.1

(General Release)

8.1 SP1 HF 178179 (General Release)

or

8.2

(Early Release)

Support ended

Feb 7, 2017

7.2

(General Release)

8.1 SP1 HF 178179 (General Release)

or

8.2

(Early Release)

Support ending

Jul 28, 2017

8.0

(General Release)

8.1 SP1 HF 178179 (General Release)

or

8.2

(Early Release)

Support ending

Oct 26, 2017

8.1

(General Release)

8.1 SP1 HF 178179 (General Release)

or

8.2

(Early Release)

Support ending

Feb 16, 2018

8.2

(Early Release)

Patch Release in

early 2017

Support ending

TBA


TOP TEN BENEFITS OF UPGRADING:

1. SonicOS – Centrally manage and report every SonicWall NGFW in the portfolio, including those running the advanced features in the latest SonicOS.

2. Reporting – Perform advanced analytics and forensics on every NGFW with dual, Syslog and Flow Reporting engines.

3. Workflow – Comply with company security policies through the best-in-class Change Management/Workflow and Auditing feature.

4. Capture – Manage and report on Capture and other NGFW add-ons such as SonicPoint access points and Dell X-Series switches.

5. Compliance – Run the latest report templates for PCI, HIPAA, SOX and new scheduled reports for Top Web Usage.

6. Security – Safeguard the system with the latest, cumulative security patches.

7. Performance – Increase speed and scalability with under-the-hood architectural improvements.

8. Reliability – Maintain system reliability with the latest, cumulative hotfixes.

9. Stability – Improve system stability with software infrastructure improvements in MySQL, Tomcat, Apache, Java, and HTML5.

10.  MySonicWALL – Ensure continued synchronization with MySonicWALL for device registration, software upgrades, and license key activation. MySonicWALL will deprecate synchronization with GMS/Analyzer versions in a phased manner as they reach end-of-Support.

If you have questions or require assistance with your upgrade planning or execution, please refer to on-line documentation found at:

https://support.sonicwall.com/sonicwall-gms/kb/213411

https://support.sonicwall.com/sonicwall-gms/software