When upgrading Check Point Security Management Server aka Smartcenter to a newer version I prefer to perform a fresh install and migrate the existing database to new hardware. Refer to the Check Point upgrade map here for valid upgrade paths. In my scenario I was running R71.30 on SecurePlatform (SPLAT) and was only able to directly upgrade R75.20, the procedure below describes the steps performed. Perform these steps in a lab environment to fully test and understand the procedure.
Upgrade the migration tools on the old server
Before exporting the database, the upgrade tools on the existing server need to be upgraded to the version being migrated to.
Download the “Management Server Migration Tools” for R75.20 from the Check Point website.
Extract the contents of “Management Server Migration Tools” .tgz
Use SCP and copy the contents and replace the upgrade_tools directory on the existing R71.30 server /opt/CPSuite-R75.40/fw1/bin/upgrade_tools