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Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is a solution where you can do devices & users access controlling across wireless, wired, and VPN connections in your network. Today i am going to show you, how to install Cisco ISE 2.7 version. I am doing this in my LAB, so i am going to install eval version. Below are the minimum requirement for eval version-

  • Memory: 16GB
  • Number of CPUs: 4 cores
  • Hard Dish: 200GB

Download ISE OVA file

Download your desire OVA file from Cisco.com. You need to have credentials to login and download.

Today is January 4th, 2021 and now 2.7 is the Cisco recommended version, although 3.0 is already released. That’s why i am installing 2.7 eval release.

How to install Cisco ISE 2.7

After adding OVA file into ESXi, power on the vm. Shortly, it will show a login screen. Login using setup as per instruction.

Press  to continue
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Please type 'setup' to configure the appliance
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localhost login: setup
Last login: Mon Jan  4 19:46:12 on tty1
/root/install.log:No such file or directory

Now, main configuration is beginning. You need to be prepared with below information whenever you are going to configure ISE node.

–> IP, Hostname, Name server IP(s), NTP server IP(s)

Press 'Ctrl-C' to abort setup
Enter hostname[]: CISCO-ISE
Enter IP address[]: 10.1.1.99
Enter IP netmask[]: 255.255.255.0
Enter IP default gateway[]: 10.1.1.254
Enter default DNS domain[]: letsconfig.com
Enter primary nameserver[]: 10.1.1.60
Add secondary nameserver? Y/N [N]: Y
Enter secondary nameserver[]: 10.1.1.61
Add tertiary nameserver? Y/N [N]: N
Enter NTP server[time.nist.gov]: 10.1.1.70
Add another NTP server? Y/N [N]: N
Enter system timezone[UTC]: Asia/Dhaka
Enable SSH service? Y/N [N]: Y
Enter username[admin]: admin
Enter password: Bha65#12W3
Enter password again: Bha65#12W3
Copying first CLI user to be first ISE admin GUI user...
Bringing up network interface...

Wait for all the services being Up and running. You can check the status by running show application status ise.

Process Status - Cisco ISE installation

If application server is in running state, you will be able to login to the ISE GUI using admin credentials.

How to install Cisco ISE 2.7

Written by Rajib Kumer Das

I am Rajib Kumer Das, a network engineer with 8+ years of experience in multi-vendor environment. In my current position, I am responsible to take care critical projects and it's support cases. I do have several vendor certificates and have plans to go further.

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