Cisco Access Control Security: AAA Administration Services


Hands-on techniques for enabling authentication, authorization, and accounting

  • Understand the security concepts behind the AAA framework
  • Learn message formats, communication, and message encryption using the TACACS+ and RADIUS protocols
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Hands-on techniques for enabling authentication, authorization, and accounting

  • Understand the security concepts behind the AAA framework
  • Learn message formats, communication, and message encryption using the TACACS+ and RADIUS protocols
  • Configure and troubleshoot AAA on Cisco routers
  • Understand where to position and install the CSACS in your network
  • Explore and customize the CSACS interface
  • Configure CSACS user accounts, user groups, and shared profile components
  • Add AAA clients and manage network connections
  • Configure external databases and perform database replication and backup
  • Explore the various reports and logs available in CSACS
  • Learn how AAA models apply to service provider environments
  • Install and configure Cisco Access Registrar

As network infrastructures evolve, it is increasingly important that access to vital corporate resources is vigilantly monitored and controlled. The Cisco identity management solutions, including Cisco Secure Access Control Server (CSACS), address this requirement, enabling security, control, and administration of the growing population of users that connect to corporate networks. CSACS, an essential component of the Cisco Identity Based Networking Services (IBNS) architecture, extends access security by combining authentication, user and administrator access, and policy control from a centralized identity-networking framework. This allows greater flexibility and mobility, increased security, and user productivity gains.

Cisco Access Control Security provides you with the skills needed to configure authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) services on Cisco devices. Separated into three parts, this book presents hard-to-find configuration details of centralized identity networking solutions. Part I provides an overview of the AAA architecture, complete with discussions of configuring Cisco routers for AAA. Part II addresses enterprise AAA management with CSACS, including installation, configuration, and management details. Part III looks at service provider AAA management with Cisco Access Registrar.

Full of detailed overviews, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions for enabling essential access control solutions, Cisco Access Control Security is a practical tool that can help enforce assigned access policies and simplify user management.

"This book manages the rare combination of being highly accurate and technically astute, while maintaining an easy readability and flow. It is a great guide for system administrators looking to design or manage a reliable, scalable, and secure Access Control deployment for any size organization."
-Jeremy Steiglitz, ACS Group Product Manager, Cisco Systems

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587051241
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Networking Technology Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 431
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandon J. Carroll is a certified Cisco Systems instructor with Ascolta Training Company, where he teaches and develops a variety of Cisco security, routing, and switching courses. Prior to joining Ascolta, he was an ADSL specialist with GTE Network Services, as well as a technical lead/trainer and field engineer.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Authentication, authorization, and accounting overview 5
Ch. 2 TACACS+ and RADIUS 15
Ch. 3 Authentication configuration on Cisco routers 53
Ch. 4 Enterprise authentication servers 65
Ch. 5 Deploying Cisco secure access control server for Windows server 75
Ch. 6 Getting familiar with CSACS 89
Ch. 7 Configuring user accounts 119
Ch. 8 Configuring user groups 147
Ch. 9 Managing network configurations 187
Ch. 10 Configuring shared profile components 217
Ch. 11 System configuration 243
Ch. 12 Reports and logging for Windows server 283
Ch. 13 Exploring TACACS+ attribute values 317
Ch. 14 Service provider AAA and the Cisco CNS access registrar 341
Ch. 15 Configuring the Cisco access registrar 363
App. A RADIUS attribute tables 389
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Excellent book if you want to deploy and maintain CSACS

    Brandon Carroll¿s Cisco Access Control Security: AAA Administration Services is worthy of consideration by anybody with either a current or future deployment of CSACS (Cisco Secure ACS). While not an all-inclusive reference, this book will get you started in the right direction. Brandon takes a large motley mixture of Cisco documentation and condenses it down to a format that is informative and easy to read. The things I like about this book: I found Cisco Access Control Security: AAA Administration Services a very easy read compared to the actual documentation for CSACS. Brandon does not make the same assumption as the Cisco documentation authors do in that you already know this product of the concepts of this product fairly well. Instead, he takes the approach that you know very little about the product and starts with the basics. Starting with a technology overview, Brandon then takes you through CSACS installation, configuration and then troubleshooting. There are even several configuration examples for the client devices, such as Cisco routers and switches, firewalls, VPN devices and access points. The style in which this book was published makes it very legible and easy to follow. I found that it contains a nice mixture of screenshots, configuration examples and diagrams, which has become a trademark of Cisco Press publications. I also did not find the numerous obvious errors that seem to be typical of most technical books. The information was given in a clear and concise manner without a lot of fluff. With only 431 pages (including index), there was very little written that was not important to the topic. After having read dozens of technical books, this was a refreshing change of pace from the 1000+ page tomes that contain no more real content than this book does. The things I do not like about this book: While this book is excellent for taking you through the basics of CSACS, it is not in-depth enough to be of much interest to an advanced Engineer looking to dig into the nuts and bolts of CSACS. If your goal when considering this book is to help you get your deployment up and running with a minimum of effort than this is the book for you but don¿t expect it to take you deep into how RADIUS or TACACS+ works. I also do not believe that this book should have included the chapters on the Cisco CNS AR product, which is typically deployed by service providers and so a significantly different product than CSACS. Providing only a couple of chapters to this product does not do it justice. I would have preferred a quick blurb describing the product rather than dedicating two entire chapters that serve very little practical purpose. I recommend Cisco Access Control Security: AAA Administration Services for beginning to intermediate Engineers that wish to learn more about the concepts, deployment and maintenance of Cisco Secure ACS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    Dummy's Guide to Cisco's ACS Product

    As we enter the Twenty-First century, new issues and challenges await those in the Information Technology environment. Within the short few years that have already passed the need for more advanced and reliable security mechanisms are presented daily. As such, security has become a clear critical need for the continued operation of any business/organization and especially the information technology portion of the business. Brandon Carroll¿s book ¿Cisco Access Control Security: AAA Administration Services¿ provides a detailed guide for the implementation and deployment of a security solution developed and released by Cisco Systems. Within his book Cisco¿s Access Control Security or ACS as it is known, is detailed and presented from all aspects including, installation, configuration in various methods and daily use. Within the book Brandon not only focuses on the application and all the items that make the Cisco¿s application special; but combines information on the features and components that make ACS important. His details supportive information needed to help System and Network Administrators make educated decisions on methods and purposes for the implementation of different methods of authentication from Cisco¿s proprietary TACACS+ to the IETF Radius protocol. Within the pages an I found information on how to establish Accounting passed on access groups and how to ensure different individuals are limited to select capabilities strictly based on the group they are in and permissions that group is provided. Even if ACS itself is not your primary purpose for this book in the initial chapters offer sufficient information on other Cisco devices like routers and switches, that allow any individual to understand authentication and authorization features of the other devices. Brandon clearly researched these areas and provides this research to others by spending the entire chapter two (2) detailing the different commands that are affected by Authentication, Authorization and Accounting as they related to both TACACS+ and Radius. This level of detail is further demonstrated within the initial Section or Part of the book when Brandon explains other Radius applications that are not developed by Cisco, but supported by the Cisco products. As I read the book it became clear that Brandon was not simply repeating what Cisco already provided on their web site, but he was going beyond the documentation to provide a level of detail that would make this almost a clear to understand dummy¿s guide to the product. In my belief this book makes an excellent supplement to the material and is clearly a must have for any Network Administrator/Engineer that needs to support Cisco¿s ACS product. Brandon¿s ability to detail in step by step procedures from installation to supporting the product enhances and defines the documentation already provided by Cisco is a clear advantage to this book. The only thing I wish I could have gotten with the book was a 90 day demo version of the product, but then again that is already available on the Cisco web site itself for download.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    The Book is the Best I have seen

    I Think This Book is going to do good for anyone That has use for Cisco Access Control Security.

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