Cisco ISE Part 8: Inline posture and VPN

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, part 8: Inline posture and VPN
The fourth ISE node role is inline posture. This appliance can be placed in your network for devices which don’t support CoA (Change of authority). Cisco ASA doesn’t support CoA yet (but will come in the near future). This role is hardware appliance only, the VM is not supported.
This node is a gatekeeper that can enforce policies and handles CoA. After initial authentication of a client, the client still must go through posture assessment.
There are 3 possible modes:

  • Router mode: This is a L3 hop in your network. This node is default gateway for clients. Only static routes are available!
  • Bridge mode: is transparant in your network
  • Maintenance mode: takes node offline, traffic should be uninterupted, this is de default mode

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