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Cisco Identity Service Engine ISE Installation


today I will show you how easy it is to install a new Cisco Identity Service Engine (ISE) on a ESXi Server.

This is only for lab demonstration – not for productive use.


  • NTP Server
  • DNS Server
  • Active Directory (later use)

minimum System Requirements:

  • Linux Redhat 5 32Bit
  • 1 Core/Socket – Intel Dual Core 2,13GHz or faster
  • 4GB RAM
  • 60GB HDD (must be a single disk on VMWare)
  • 1GB Ethernet NIC (4 NICs are recommended)
  • Hypervisor Support ESXi 4.x (i installed it on ESXi 5.x and it’s working fine in the lab)

1) Get the ISO of the ISE 😉 and put it on your VMware and boot your system

2) Enter to begin the installation process

3) Now the ISE installer begins to configure the required packets and the installation.

4) The basic installation is now finished, enter “setup” as login to configure your basic settings.

5) Now configure the basic settings.

to show the timezones enter following comand: show timezone

6) When the installing process is finished you must enter a database administrator password and a database user password

  • Min. 11 characters
  • One Uppercase and one digit -no special chars…
  • I used Cisco123456 – for both as demo passwords

7) Enter the database admin password and database user password

8) When finished installing you can login via web -enter username admin (default – or the user you configured in the basic configuration) and your password.

Open your favorite browser or CLI – IE 8 or Firefox 9 are supported – and go to your ISE (IP or DNS name you configured)

IMPORTANT: Only Certified Partner can install the ISE!!!

Have fun…

[best regs]


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