Cisco Secure Access Control System Virtual Machine 5.2 Configuration Example

 

Table of Contents



1.1.       Introduction to Cisco ACS 5.2 VM installation
1.2.       Minimum requirements for installing the Virtual Machine from Cisco
1.3.       Before you Begin important notes
1.4.       Installation sequence in VM workstation 7.x and 6.x
1.5.       Creating a new Virtual Machine
1.6.       Virtual Machine Compatibility options
1.7.       Virtual Machine Installer image options
1.8.       Virtual Machine personalize the ACS 5.2 installation
1.9.       Location selection for the VM
1.10.     Virtual Machine number of CPU of processors
1.11.     Virtual Machine Memory Requirements.
1.12.     Virtual Machine Network Settings.
1.13.     Virtual Machine Hard drive options
1.14.     Virtual Machine Completing setup and logging on to the console
1.15.     Complete the installation

Introduction to Cisco ACS 5.2 VM installation


 

Virtual Machines have come a long way in recent years. They have become an invaluable tool in any professional’s arsenal providing a powerful way of simulating and replicating network environments problems and complex scenarios. This document describes the Cisco ACS 5.2 virtual machine installation procedure with the aid of some visual aids and practical field advice.

 

Minimum requirements for installing the Virtual Machine from Cisco


 

The official document from Cisco States the bellow


Component

Specifications

VMware Version

ESX 3.5 or ESX 4.0

CPU

Intel Core 2 (2.13 GHz)

System memory

4 GB

Hard disk requirement

Minimum 512 GB

 

In Reality you can actually install the ACS VM into VMware Workstation 7 and above. You can also get away with 2 GB of ram instead of 4.

Before you Begin important notes


 

Before you begin you will need to download the Cisco ACS 5.2 over here. Of course as with most good things from Cisco this requires a a CCO login.The ACS 5.2 comes in two flavours VM version and an Appliance based version.To read more about that visit this page

After Successfuly downloading the Cisco ACS 5.2 version you will need a trial or a demo licence to start up your appliance or VM box. You can find that trial licence on this page and you guessed it that also requires a CCO login.

After successfuly completing the above steps proceed with the bellow described guide.If you however feel you are lost you can always give us a shout over here

The official installation guide from Cisco Can be found over here

Installation sequence in VM workstation 7.x and 6.x

Once you have obtained the above software you may proceed with the virtual machine setup.The main thing that you want out of your VM workstation is to be able to support Linux 2.6.x kernel and above if that’s not supported you need to find the appropriate version of the software in order to proceed.

Creating a new Virtual Machine


 

Click on start new->new virtual machine

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2

 

Virtual Machine Compatibility options


 

Virtual Machine Compatibility options

 

 Virtual Machine Installer image options


 

Select an installer image file or installer disk depending on your availability

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2 Virtual Machine Installer image options

 

 Virtual Machine personalize the ACS 5.2 installation


 

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2

 

 Location selection for the VM


 

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2 store the virtual machine location

 

 Virtual Machine number of CPU of processors


 

The recommended setting here is the more the better. So if you have a powerful cpu don’t be shy use all the available CPU power at your disposal

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2 cpu options

 

 Virtual Machine Memory Requirements.


 

As specified above Cisco Requires 4 gb of RAM that however is flexible. You may install it at $ gb and then drop it down to 2 gb after the initial installation is completed.

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2 memory options

 

 Virtual Machine Network Settings.


 

This will be used to specify where will the machine plug into the network .When you select bridged network setting that bridges the virtual machine adaptor with your physical network adaptor .they however have different mac addresses and thus you can have 2 separate ip addresses coming out of a single NIC adaptor .A word of caution some switches have been setup to allow a single mac address coming out of a single port .If that’s the case you have to disable that feature on that specific port.

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2

 

 

 Virtual Machine Hard drive options


 

Self-explanatory you need to meet 520gb for the minimum HDD requirement.You don’t have to have that much in physical space tough.

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2

 

 Virtual Machine Completing setup and logging on to the console


 

Once the machine has completed the operating system installation you will get a small setup prompt that will prompt you for application specific settings like login credentials ip address gateways etc .These settings are organization specific and have to be done as per your network policy

settings for creating new virtual machine for Cisco ACS 5.2 console login


 Complete the installation


 

 

Once you have installed the VM and logged on you may configure the software parameters as show in this document over here

 

 

 

Similar Documents For Configuring Different Parameters of the ACS 5.2 Appliance can be found bellow.


 

  1. Cisco-ACS-5.2-Role-Based-Authentication-Authorization-For-Different-Privilege-Levels-Configuration-Example
  2. Cisco-ACS-5.2-Intresting-Configurations
  3. Cisco-ACS-5.2-802.1.x-Authentication-And-Multi-Domain-Authentication-Configuration-Example
  4. Cisco TACACS+ switch template configuration example.
  5. Cisco TACACS + firewall template configuration example.

 

 

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