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Manual Chapter: FirePass® Controller version 6.0 Getting Started Guide: Glossary
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active unit

In a redundant system, the active unit is the system that currently load balances connections. If the active unit in the redundant system fails, the standby unit assumes control and begins to load balance connections. See also redundant system.

Administrative Console

The Administrative Console is the browser-based application that you use to configure the FirePass controller.


A certificate is an online credential signed by a trusted certificate authority and used for SSL network traffic as a method of authentication.


A cluster is a group of FirePass controller nodes that provide common user services, and can distribute the load of active sessions across all controllers in the cluster.

domain name

A domain name is a unique name that is associated with one or more IP addresses. Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular web pages. For example, in the URL, the domain name is

Domain Name System (DNS)

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a system that stores information associated with domain names, making it possible to convert IP addresses such as, into more easily understood names such as

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

DHCP is a protocol for assigning dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network. With dynamic addressing, a device can be assigned a different IP address every time it connects to the network.


Failover is the process whereby a standby unit in a redundant system takes over when a software failure or a hardware failure is detected on the active unit. See also active unit and standby unit.

failover pair

See redundant system.


A favorite is a webtop link defined by the FirePass controller administrator or the user that contains all of the information needed for the client computer to access a location, file share, or application on the company network.

FIPS compliant

Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. The FirePass controller can be configured with FIPS 140-encryption hardware, which stores all certificates and private keys in the FIPS hardware.


See fully qualified domain name.

fully qualified domain name

The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is an unambiguous domain name that specifies a node's position in the DNS tree hierarchy absolutely, for example, See also domain name.

high availability

High availability is the process of ensuring access to resources despite any failures or loss of service in the setup. For hardware, high availability is ensured by the presence of a redundant system. See also redundant system.


A physical port on an F5 system is called an interface.

IP address

An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique number that identifies a single device and enables it to use the Internet Protocol standard to communicate with another device on a network.


IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) is a communications protocol that provides security for the network layer of the Internet without imposing requirements on applications running above it.

Maintenance Console

The Maintenance Console is a utility that provides administrative access to the FirePass controller. You can access the Maintenance Console from the Administrative Console or from a workstation that is directly connected to the FirePass controller.

Management interface

The Management interface is a port on the FirePass 4100 that is intended solely for administrative operations performed from a workstation that is directly connected to the FirePass controller.

master group

A master group is a collection of users that contains authentication settings, overall security configuration settings for groups of users, network access filtering policies, user experience, and user accounts.

name resolution

Name resolution is the process by which a name server matches a domain name request to an IP address, and sends the information to the client requesting the resolution.

NAT (Network Address Translation)

A NAT is an alias IP address that identifies a specific node managed by the FirePass system to the external network.

Network Access

Network Access is a FirePass controller feature that provides secure access to corporate applications and data using a standard web browser.

Quick Setup

The Quick Setup wizard is a program that you can run from the Administrative Console that guides you through the initial configuration tasks for the FirePass controller.


A port is a number that is associated with a specific service supported by a host.

redundant system

Redundant system refers to a pair of units that are configured for failover. In a redundant system, there are two units, one running as the active unit and one running as the standby unit. If the active unit fails, the standby unit takes over and manages connection requests.


A snapshot is a compressed set of files that represent the FirePass controller's system settings. You can create and restore a snapshot using the Maintenance Console. See also Maintenance Console.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)

SSL is a network communications protocol that uses public-key technology as a way to transmit data in a secure manner.

standby unit

A standby unit in a redundant system is a unit that is always prepared to become the active unit if the active unit fails.


A webifyer is a FirePass controller feature that uses a browser to provide nonbrowser-based application functionality. The FirePass controller uses webifyers to present the Portal Access applications Windows Files and Mobile E-Mail, as well as the Application Access applications Legacy Hosts, Terminal Servers, and more.


The webtop is the user's home page, which contains links that are configured as favorites for that user's master group. Along the left side of the webtop are icons representing various functionality. Depending on how the webtop is configured, users may be able to add their own favorites by clicking an icon and adding links.

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