As we know Cisco ISE does not support increasing the disk space, so if we run out of disk space, then the only option we would have in theory is to re-image the ISE node allocating more disk space. I said in theory because in reality you would be able to increase ISE disk space at the Linux level.

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In this post I will share with you one caveat and its fix with redirect ACL with C9300 switches. In the last few months I was working on a project for a medium size customer. The main requirements were to implement Firepower IPS, dot1x, pxGrid, AnyConnect client provisioning and posture assessment for both VPN and local clients. The customer has a few sites spread across the globe, and all of them are connected through VPLS. There are different network devices that we were working on and in one of the sites we had a stack of Cisco C9300 switches. The customer has ISE deployed for identity management.

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In my previous post “FMC external authentication with RADIUS” I showed you how to configure FMC access with RADIUS. In this post instead, I will show you how to configure FTD CLI access with RADIUS, we will use ISE as our RADIUS server. The configuration is very similar to what we have done in the FMC post, and the main difference will be how to bind the FMC External Authentication Object to the FTD device.

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In this post, I am going to show you how to set up FMC external authentication with RADIUS. Why we would need that?!, simply put, to have a scalable solution in our environment that will allow us to manage accesses to our FMC appliance. Even if we configure the FMC with an external authentication server, we do still have the local admin account enabled that we can use in case the external authentication server is down.

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One of the limitations with Firepower Device Management (FDM) is that it does not allow creating multiple admin accounts for FDM GUI accesses. This means that all the admins will use the same admin account to log into the FTD, which leads to sharing the admin credentials between them. As security chaps we don’t like this, at least when possible. For CLI it is a bit different since we would be able to create multiple accounts, however, those accounts will only be valid for CLI accesses, not for GUI with the exception of the default admin account. The default admin account can interact with both CLI and GUI.

Now if we have the right tools in our environment that would allow us to workaround this limitation why not using them?!. To do so we need to rely on an external authentication (authC) and authorization (authZ) server and also on our AD to check against the interested AD group where the admin users would be located. The end result would be to have a centralized accesses through the external server for both SSH and HTTPS only if a user exists in a specific AD group. We will also create a read only HTTPS access in our lab. ISE is going to be our external RADIUS server which is already joined to a domain controller. let’s get started 🙂

We know Cisco ISE amazingly supports network devices administration through TACACS+ protocol which allows granting different access levels and managing what command sets could be run in each level. However, this feature requires an additional license called Device Administration to be installed on ISE. TACACS+ has a few advantages over RADIUS when it comes to devices administration. However, in some small/medium environments having different admins access levels might not be required, and the only requirement would be just to give privilege level 15 to all admins that are in a specific AD group. Now the question is, can we accomplish this with ISE without having the device administration through TACACS+ feature enabled?! let’s find out this together! 🙂

Depending on ISE deployment if small, medium or large, you might need to add additional nodes with different Personas. The Persona in ISE cube is just a fancy name to define what services would be running on a node. The main three Personas are Administration (PAN), Policy Service (PSN) and Monitoring and Troubleshooting (MnT). The primary/secondary concept exists only with PAN and MnT Personas, however, this is not applicable with PSN Persona. The maximum number of PANs and MnTs in any ISE cube you can get is two, however, you can have plenty of PSNs.

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In this post I’m going to show you how to configure Windows AD as the external authentication server for Identity Services Engine (ISE) CLI access. When you deploy ISE for the first time, you use the command “setup” at the login prompt to start the bootstrap process which will take you through a list of required steps to complete the appliance initial configuration. Once that is completed, the appliance will be ready for the next level of configuration which will be done through the GUI. One of the required steps during the bootstrap process is to configure the CLI admin account. You can choose to create a new admin account or you can accept the default account which is “admin”. This default account cannot be deleted, it can be disabled or downgraded to a read-only account though.

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