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PB#1067: EOL for SMS v4.3

    • Updated:
    • 31 Jul 2018
    • Product/Version:
    • TippingPoint SMS All
    • TippingPoint Virtual SMS
    • Platform:
End-Of-Life Announcement for TippingPoint Security Management System (SMS) v4.3.0.
Product Bulletin: 1067

Subject: Important TippingPoint SMS Support Announcement

Date of Announcement: June 30, 2017

Affected SMS Customers:
  • Customers running SMS v4.3.0
  • Hardware Appliance SMS Customer running SMS HP Generation 6 hardware
  • Virtual SMS (vSMS) customers using the minimum memory requirements
  • Customers managing NGFW, S1200N SecBlade, using DV v2.5, currently unsupported IPS models and related features (IPS E-Series or older devices, and related model specific features such as Traffic Threshold Filters)
For customers running SMS v4.3.0.

Support for SMS v4.3 will end on the dates below.

End of Engineering: December 31, 2017
End of Support: June 30, 2018

SMS v4.6 is, at the time of this bulletin's release, the recommended software version for SMS customers. Upgrading from SMS v4.3 to SMS v4.6 directly is supported.

For customers running SMS HP Generation 6 hardware:
 Device DescriptionPart Number
SMS v2 Appliance w/25-IPS System Lic JC528A
 SMS v2 Appliance w/225-IPS Sys Lic JC861A

Hardware, RMA and software maintenance in the form of support, bug fixes and patches for existing capabilities will be available through the end of the support period for this SMS hardware appliance, May 31, 2020 (Ref. PB# 1041).

No further feature upgrades will be available after December 31, 2017 for these SMS hardware platforms. That includes any new SMS features, management of new IPS/TPS models and management of new capabilities on existing IPS/TPS products introduced after December 31, 2017.

You can determine if your SMS is running this version of hardware with the following SMS CLI command:

smsdev16 SMS=> get sys.platform
System platform (sys.platform) = hp-dl320g6
Result: Success

Migration options to newer SMS hardware appliances as well as the virtual SMS appliances are available:
 Device DescriptionPart Number
 TippingPoint SMS H3 HW Appliance TPNN0044
 TippingPoint SMS H3 XL HW Appliance TPNN0046
 TippingPoint vSMS Enterprise Virtual Appliance TPNN0152

For customer running vSMS with minimum memory settings of 6GB:

New vSMS deployments and future feature release upgrades post December 31, 2017 will require increased memory. Details and exact requirements will be provided in the release notes and deployment guides for those future releases.

Currently at least 12GB of memory for all vSMS deployments is recommended. Additional memory can be allocated to existing deployments via the hypervisor, however this will require a reboot of the SMS.

Customers managing NGFW or SecBlade and using DV v2.5 or Traffic Threshold Filters

NGFW Products: End of support for NGFW products was announced on December 17, 2015 (Ref. PB# 1057). SMS management support and related bug fixes and patches for NGFW management will continue through the end of support period (January 31, 2019) for the NGFW hardware, however future SMS feature releases introduced after December 31, 2017 may remove support for NGFW management.

SecBlade: S1200N SecBlade IPS support has ended as of June 30, 2017 (Ref. PB #1035), as such, future SMS release beyond this date will not include support for management of this product. As this is the only product that uses the 2.5 version of the DV, future SMS releases will also remove support for using the 2.5 DV format.

E-Series IPS Models: Support for E-Series IPS Models and related TOS versions and related features specific to those models such as Traffic Threshold Filters ended in 2014 (Ref. PB# 1018). Future releases of the SMS beyond the date of this announcement will not support those IPS models and model specific features such as Traffic Threshold Filters. Those IPS and configurations may be removed during future SMS software migration / upgrades.

Details on end of management support and the content of SMS releases can always be found in the release notes for each SMS release.

If you have concerns or further questions regarding this issue, contact the Trend Micro TippingPoint Technical Assistance Center (TAC).

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