Unlike the command line interface or the PIX device manager (PDM), the Firewall MC is a policy-based tool targeted for managing multiple firewalls in a large enterprise environment.
Firewall MC Processes
There are several processes that perform different tasks on Firewall MC. If one of these processes is not running, the function that it is responsible for will not work. If there are problems in running the application, it is always a good practice to check that all these processes are running. The processes and their main functions are the following:
If any of these processes are not running, the tasks they control will not run. To check the status of the processes and start them, go to Server Configuration > Administration > Process Management. From there you can view the status of the processes, stop the processes, or start stopped processes.
As mentioned before, Firewall MC is used to manage single or multiple firewalls on a variety of firewall platforms. It is important to understand and be aware of the versions of firewall supported by different Firewall MC Versions. Refer to the following link (Release notes) for a list of firewall versions that are supported by Firewall MC Version 1.3.3:
Firewall MC uses HTTPS (HTTP/SSL) protocol to communicate with Firewall to perform different tasks. Following is the list of functions Firewall MC performs with the help of the HTTPS protocol:
So, as you can see, all communications that take place among firewalls, Firewall MC, and the Auto-update server use the HTTPS (http/SSL) protocol.