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Schedule Firepower Tasks

The Cisco Firepower Management Center is the administrative nerve center for select Cisco security products, running on a number of different platforms. It provides complete and unified management of firewalls, application control, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and advanced malware protection. The Cisco Firepower Management Center provides extensive intelligence about the users, applications, devices, threats, and vulnerabilities, that exist in your network. It also uses this information to analyze your network's vulnerabilities. It then provides tailored recommendations on what security policies to put in place and what security events you should investigate.

The Management Center provides easy-to-use policy screens to control access and guard against known attacks. It integrates with advanced malware protection and sandboxing technology, and it provides tools to track malware infections throughout your network. It unifies all these capabilities in a single management interface. You can go from managing a firewall to controlling applications to investigating and remediating malware outbreaks with ease.

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About Task Scheduling:

You can schedule many different types of admin tasks to run at designated times, once or on a recurring basis.

Tasks configured with this feature are scheduled in UTC, which means when they occur locally depends on the date and your specific location. Also, because tasks are scheduled in UTC, they don't adjust for daylight saving time, daylight saving time, or any seasonal adjustments you might notice in your location. If you are affected, scheduled tasks will occur one hour "later" in summer than in winter, according to local time.

Some tasks (such as those involving automated software updates or that require pushing updates to managed devices) may place a significant load on networks with low bandwidths. You should schedule tasks like these to run during periods of low network use.

Configuring a Recurring Task:

You set the frequency for a recurring task using the same process for all types of tasks.

Note that the time displayed on most pages on the web interface is the local time, which is determined by using the time zone you specify in your local configuration. Further, the Firepower Management Center automatically adjusts its local time display for daylight saving time (DST), where appropriate. However, recurring tasks that span the transition dates from DST to standard time and back do not adjust for the transition. That is, if you create a task scheduled for 2:00 AM during standard time, it will run at 3:00 AM during DST. Similarly, if you create a task scheduled for 2:00 AM during DST, it will run at 1:00 AM during standard time.


#1) Select System > Tools > Scheduling;

#2) Click Add Task;

#3) From the Job Type drop-down list, select the type of task that you want to schedule;

#4) Click Recurring next to the Schedule task to run option;

#5) In the Start On field, specify the date when you want to start your recurring task;

#6) In the Repeat Every field, specify how often you want the task to recur;

You can either type a number or click Up () and Down () to specify the interval. For example, type 2 and click Days to run the task every two days;

#7) In the Run At field, specify the time when you want to start your recurring task;

#8) For a task to be run on a weekly or monthly basis, select the days when you want to run the task in the Repeat On field;

#9) Select the remaining options for the type of task you are creating:

Backup - Schedule backup jobs as described in Schedule FMC Backups;

Download CRL - Schedule certificate revocation list downloads as described in Configuring Certificate Revocation List Downloads;

Deploy Policies - Schedule policy deployment as described in Automating Policy Deployment;

Nmap Scan - Schedule Nmap scans as described in Scheduling an Nmap Scan;

Report - Schedule report generation as described in Automating Report Generation;

Firepower Recommended Rules - Schedule automatic update of Firepower recommended rules as described in Automating Firepower Recommendations;

Download Latest Update - Schedule software or VDB update downloads as described in Automating Software Downloads or Automating VDB Update Downloads;

Install Latest Update - Schedule installation of software or VDB updates on a Firepower Management Center or managed device as described in Automating Software Installs or Automating VDB Update Installs;

Push Latest Update - Schedule push of software updates to managed devices as described in Automating Software Pushes;

Update URL Filtering Database - Scheduling automatic update of URL filtering data as described in Automating URL Filtering Updates Using a Scheduled Task.

#10) Click Save.

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