Check Point Certified VSX Specialist (CCVS) R81.1

The Check Point Certified VSX Specialist course is intended to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot the Check Point VSX environment.


This course is designed for technical professionals who support a Check Point Virtual Security Extension (VSX) solution- within their network security environment.

It is also recommended for candidates who are preparing for the Check Point Certified Virtual System Extension Specialist (CCVS) certification.


Before taking this course, we strongly suggest that you have the following prerequisites:

  • Solid working knowledge of:
    • Unix-based and/or Windows OS
    • TCP/IP Networking
    • Check Point API
  • Check Point training/certification:
    • Check Point Certified System Administrator (CCSA)
    • Check Point Certified Security Expert (CCSE)

About the instructor, Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a Cybersecurity Architect and Instructor at Atlantic Data Security in Boston. He has been working with Check Point products for over 25 years, both as an Engineer and as a Senior Instructor. 
Eric is often a featured speaker at several cybersecurity conferences including Check Point CPX.

Learn how to

  • Deploy separate virtual systems on one physical security appliance.
  • Distribute traffic load across multiple cluster members.
  • Manage the operations and processing load of virtual systems.
  • Troubleshoot VSX deployments, routing, and provisioning issues.

How you will benefit

  • Apply virtualization to consolidate and simplify security.
  • Share virtual system traffic load to provide higher throughput, connection capacity, higher availability, and linear scalability.
  • Customize security on each virtual system to protect against evolving network threats.

Course objectives

  • Identify basic functions, components, and advantages of using VSX technology
  • Explain the VSX management infrastructure and how traffic flows within a VSX network
  • List the routing schemes and features available with VSX Identify options for deploying VSX technology within various complex organizations
  • Explain how to install and configure VSX Gateways and Virtual Systems
  • Explain how to deploy additional VSX networking configurations that are required in a specific environment
  • List the differences between deploying physical Security Gateway Clusters and VSX Gateway Clusters
  • Describe how Virtual Systems Load Sharing works to enhance VSX network performance
  • Explain how to use the VSX Provisioning Tool to add and remove virtual devices
  • Explain how to employ tools to optimize resources allocated in a VSX environment
  • Identify various VSX command line tools commonly used to retrieve information and perform configuration changes
  • Explain how to use VSX utility commands to perform various maintenance tasks for the VSX environment
  • Explain how to troubleshoot and debug issues that occur in a VSX environment

Course topics

  • VSX Overview
  • Virtual System Installation and Configuration
  • VSX Clustering
  • Advanced VSX Features
  • Troubleshooting VSX

Lab Exercises

  • Configuring the VSX Environment
  • Deploying a Virtual System with a Physical Interfac
  • Deploying a Virtual System with Bonded VLAN Interfaces
  • Deploying a VSLS Cluster
  • Maintaining the VSX Environment
  • Using the CLI to Manage VSX
  • Performance Tuning in VSX
  • Troubleshooting VSX Issues


This course is recommended as preparation for the VSX Specialist exam 156-551: Check Point Certified Virtual System Extension (VSX) Specialist.

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