In Cisco world many will be happy to hear that the newly released ISE 1.3 is now available for download. While the release date on the web site reflects October 31st, I was unable to access the download center until halfway through today. So what’s new in ISE 1.3 ? Let’s have a look.
It’s currently downloading and comes in at almost 6 Gigs in the form of an OVA file for a 100 endpoint eval. There’s also an OVA for a Virtual SNS–3415 and 3495, although the file size differs on each of them with the 3495 coming in a little smaller than the 3415.
pxGrid is listed under the “personas” heading. pxGrid gives ISE the ability to share data with external devices like an ASA. Read about pxGrid here.
Multi-Forest/Multi-Domain Active Directory
Finally! Cisco ISE 1.3 supports up to 50 domain join points. ISE users have asked for this for some time now.
Still No TACACS+
It was rumored that 1.3 *might support TACACS+ but that’s not the case. The ACS to ISE migration documentation states that TACACS information is not migrated because the TACACS is unsupported in Cisco ISE, Release 1.3.
Export the Policy Config in XML
You can now export the policy configuration file in XML format.
Certificate management has had some adjustments and one of them is that there is now an internal CA Server in ISE 1.3. This will help with the BYOD on boarding process.
And Much More…
There are a number of other enhancements, but the ones I listed are the ones I’ve seen most requested by my students. If you want to have a look at the entire set of release notes you can check them out on your own. It seems that the focus in this revision was mostly around BYOD and Guest access, but as always when you get going in the GUI you start to see things that are a bit different that what you’re used to.
Kick the Tires
You can also download the 90 day eval and kick the tires. We will be posting some demo videos as we lab though the new features and will soon be offering an ISE 1.3 course.
What are you biggest disappointments in this update and what are you really happy to see here? We want to know so share your thoughts in the comment section below.