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Five Functional Facts about TACACS+ in ISE 2.0

The oft-requested and long awaited arrival of TACACS+ support in Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) is finally here starting in version 2.0. I’ve been able to play with this feature in the lab and wanted to blog about it so that existing ISE and ACS (Cisco’s Access Control Server, the long-time defacto TACACS+ server) users know what to expect.

Below are five facts about how TACACS+ works in ISE 2.0.

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Who? What? When? Wired? Wireless? With Cisco ISE

Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) is a powerful rule-based engine for enabling policy-based network access to users and devices. ISE allows policy enforcement around the Who?, What?, and When? of network access.

  • Who is this user? A guest? An internal user? A member of the Finance department?
  • What device is the user bringing onto the network? A corporate PC? A Mac? A mobile device?
  • When are they connecting? Are they connecting to the secure network during regular business hours or at 02:00 in the morning?

These questions can all be answered easily within ISE and are all standard policy conditions that are relatively easy to implement. In the post below I’m going to focus on the How? — How is the user or device connecting to the network? Asked another way, the question is Wired? or Wireless? Continue reading Who? What? When? Wired? Wireless? With Cisco ISE

Cisco ISE and ip http server

We’re all hardcore network engineers here right? We all sling packets using nothing but the CLI on our gear? We’ve all got the “CLI OR DIE” bumper sticker? OK. We’re all on the same page then. So, when you’re configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) and the documentation says it’s mandatory to enable “ip http server” on your switches in order to do central web authentication (CWA) (ie, the captive portal for authenticating users on guest devices) that probably makes you uncomfortable right?

Fear not. It’s not as bad as it sounds. I’ll explain why.

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Resetting Admin Password on a Cisco ISE Appliance

A great little “feature” of Cisco’s Identity Services Engine is that out of the box, the administrator account expires after 45 days if the password is not changed during that time. The documentation says that if you have trouble logging in you should click the “Problem logging in?” link and use the default administrative user/pass. This is of course ridiculous and does not work.

Below are the steps for properly resetting an admin password and for changing the security policy so the lockout doesn’t happen again.

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