I’ve been off the grid for a few weeks on a much needed family vacation. While I was out ISE 2.0 dropped with a little sumpin-sumpin. You probably already guessed it. It’s TACACS+ support and so many of us have been waiting for this feature release. Finally we can now seriously consider saying goodbye to our old friend ACS and hello to Cisco ISE.
You’re going to need a device administration license to use it, and you’ll find all the device administration pages in the Device Administration Work Center menu.
But Wait.. There’s More
Another new feature that I’m keenly interested in is KVM Hypervisor Support. The release notes tell us the following:
Cisco ISE supports KVM hypervisor on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.0.
KVM virtualization requires virtualization support from the host processor; Intel VT-x for Intel processors and AMD-V for AMD processors. Open a terminal window on the host and enter the cat /proc/cpuinfo command. You must see either the vmx or the svm flag.
See the Installing Cisco ISE on a Linux KVM chapter in the Cisco Identity Services Engine Hardware Installation Guide, Release 2.0 for more information.
In my mind this opens the way for ISE to be integrated into the Cisco VIRL product for those lab enthusiasts out there.
Again, great strides with Cisco ISE and a pretty aggressive rev schedule too. It’s only been five months since the 1.4 release.
While I mention two of the new features you can get the full list in the release notes.