Category Archives: Security

Cisco ISR Router Any Connect with Front Door VRF and a Meraki Firewall

First, let me start by saying I love the Meraki networking stack. It is easy and efficient to deploy and customers love it. Occasionally, however, you find a key feature that Meraki won’t do. In this case, Any Connect client VPN. Continue reading

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Cisco Privilege Level Access with Radius and NPS Server

When administering Cisco network gear it’s always nice to be able to login with your typical admin credentials. You change one password and it changes over all systems. It’s not uncommon for organizations of many different sizes to use RADIUS backed up to Active Directory to achieve this.

The simplest setup is typically to allow network admins full access to the CLI and nothing for everyone else. Typically, that works well. I wanted the helpdesk guys to get some Cisco experience, however, while not having the ability to make a bunch of changes. Continue reading

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Windows NPS Radius Authentication of Cisco Prime Infrastructure

As part of a recent network upgrade I was able to get Cisco Prime Infrastructure included in the moneys for the project. I love new systems to play with, of course, and immediately got to work checking out all the bells and whistles. Needless to say, it wasn’t long until I got tired of remembering the root credentials and began looking at RADIUS authentication for some help. Additionally, I’m kind of the security guy too and knew I was breaking my own rules by not having individual user logons in place. Continue reading

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Cisco Identity Services Engine

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Cisco Gold lab focused on Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE). I was particularly interested in the capabilities of the ISE that would help us deal with the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) mess we are starting to get into. I found ISE to be very robust and powerful. Continue reading

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