How to build a basic Cisco Identity Services Engine ISE home lab

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
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Cisco’s Cyber Solutions – What Is Happening In Your Network

Watching Cisco’s Cyber Solutions – What Is Happening In Your NetworkToday’s threat landscape is loaded with malicious websites, malware and other risks that attack users every nanosecond of the day.  There isn’t a single product available that can guarantee protection from cyber threats. Older solutions leveraging static technologies such as signatures are not good enough. The best approach for dealing with advanced threats is continuously monitoring the entire network through layering security technologies. Continue reading

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Identifying Advanced Persistent Threats ATP Using Netflow – Lancope StealthWatch Overview And Lab

 Identifying Advanced Persistent Threats ATP Using Netflow   Lancope StealthWatch Overview And LabCisco recently announced a partnership with Lancope to address Advanced Persistent Threat or APT type attacks. The reason Lancope / StealthWatch was added is most security solutions are based on signatures or behavior to identify threats. Some newer technologies are leveraging reputation (see my post HERE) or honey pots (example FireEye) however advanced attacks aka APTs are bypassing these traditional security solutions. Continue reading

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Cisco Identity Services Engine ISE 1.1 Profiling – Identify And Monitor What Is On Your Network

 Cisco Identity Services Engine ISE 1.1 Profiling   Identify And Monitor What Is On Your NetworkMany network administrators do not have a method to know what is on their network. Devices may be very basic yet use IP for updates or heartbeat purposes (examples are printers, card readers, even some refrigerators). Other issues could be users not having administrator privileges to their systems or recently the demand to bring personal mobile devices onto the network. For these and other reasons, the visibility on what is on the network is becoming blurred. Continue reading

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Cisco Identity Services Engine 1.1 Update Is Now Available – Some Details On The Release | ISE

Cisco Identity Solutions Engine 1.1 Update Is Now Available ISE

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