Cisco ISE Part 10: Profiling and posture

This is a Cisco ISE blog post series with some how-to’s for configuring the ISE deployment, This blog post series exists of 10 parts.
The blogpost Agenda:
Part 1: introduction
Part 2: installation
Part 3: Active Directory
Part 4: High Availability
Part 5: Configuring wired network devices
Part 6: Policy enforcement and MAB
Part 7: Configuring wireless network devices
Part 8: Inline posture and VPN
Part 9: Guest and web authentication
Part 10: Profiling and posture
This week, the last post in the Cisco ISE blog post series: Profiling and posture. For both features isĀ the Cisco ISEĀ advanced license required.
Profiler is a functionality for discovering, locating and determing the capabilities of the attached endpoints. It will detect the network type and will authorize it.
A sensor in the network captures network packets by quering the NADs, it forwards the attributes to the analyzer. The analyzer checks the attributes using policies and identity groups. The results is stored in the ISE database with the corresponding device profile. The MAC address of the device will be linked to a existing endpoint identity group.
There are 9 availabled probes:

  • Netflow
  • DHCP
  • HTTP
  • NMAP
  • DNS

Profiling uses CoA (change of authorization). There are 3 options:

  • No CoA: CoA is disabled
  • Port bounce: use this only of there is a single session on a switchport
  • Reauth: enforce reauthentication of a currently authenticated endpoint when it’s profiled

ISE creates three identity groups by default and two identity groups that are specific for Cisco IP phones. Creation of extra groups is optional.
An endpoint profiling policy contains a simple condition or a set of conditions (compound).
Probe configuration
First, make sure the ISE appliance can SNMP to the switches (SNMPv2 or 3) with a read only community string. Also, configure a snmp trap destination to Cisco ISE policy node.

Switch(config)# snmp-server host version 3 priv ISE
Switch(config)# snmp-server enable traps snmp linkdown linkup
Switch(config)# snmp-server enable traps mac-notification change move
On all interfaces:
Switch(config-if)# snmp trap mac-notification change added

For DHCP probing, configure an additional IP helper on the SVI to the policy node:

Switch(config-if)# ip helper-address

Cisco ISE configuration
Click Administration – System – Settings, click Profiling and configure the CoA.
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