I’ve posted about configuring Cisco Identity Services Engine ISE for a few use cases however have had requests to explain the steps to setup a basic lab. This post serves as a guide to get a basic ISE lab running to test LAN or Mobile devices. My lab uses an Apple Macmini as an ESXI 5.1 server hosting the ISE virtual machine (explained HERE). See the configuration guides for details on configuring a lab.
Virtual Machine Setup: Download the latest ISE .ISO file from cisco.com. Access the ESXI GUI and select New Machine. The recommended specs for a custom New Machine:
- Virtual Machine version 7
- Linux 5 32 bit
- 2 virtual CPU
- 4 gig of memory
- 60 gig of space – thin provisioning (I find thick isn’t necessary for a lab) Continue reading