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Cisco AAA Identity Management Security: Getting Familiar with ACS 5.1

Chapter Description

ACS 5.1 has a completely different user interface from ACS 4.2. Throughout the course of this chapter you will become familiar with the GUI and know where different functions are located.

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This chapter covers the following subjects:

  • Navigating the ACS 5.1 Graphical User Interface
  • Adding Network Groups and Devices
  • Adding Users to Internal Repositories
  • Policy Elements and Access Services
  • Monitoring and Reports
  • Using the ACS Command-Line Interface

ACS 5.1 has a completely different user interface from ACS 4.2. Throughout the course of this chapter you will become familiar with the GUI and know where different functions are located. If this is your first time using ACS 5.1, it is important to take the time to learn how to navigate the interface.

The GUI is broken into two frames. You access different menu items on the left side frame (Navigation Pane) and perform configuration in the right side frame (Content Area). The Monitoring and Reports section is the only exception to this. After you launch the Monitoring and Reports Viewer, a new browser window opens. This new window has a layout similar to the original window but contains menu items related to monitoring and reporting. The left side menu is divided further into drop-down menus or drawers. Click on a drawer to expand it and see a list of options. The available drawers are as follows:

  • My Workspace
  • Network Resources
  • Users and Identity Stores
  • Policy Elements
  • Access Policies
  • Monitoring and Reports
  • System Administration

My Workspace

The My Workspace drawer contains:

  • Welcome Page
  • Task Guide
  • My Account

Welcome Page

The Welcome Page appears when you log in to ACS and provides links to information and shortcuts to some common tasks. Figure 4-1 shows the Welcome Page.

Figure 4-1

Figure 4-1 Welcome Page

Clicking on the links below the Getting Started section on the Welcome Page creates a new frame in the Content Area. This new frame provides help on how to get started with ACS and contains shortcuts to the initial tasks.

Clicking on any other link in the Welcome Page will open a new window containing the help section. ACS 5.1 has a comprehensive help section and can be accessed using the Help link in the top-right corner of the ACS GUI.

Task Guide

The Task Guide has three menu items:

  • Quick Start
  • Initial System Setup
  • Policy Setup Steps

These items are shortcuts for the links under the Getting Started section on the Welcome Page.

My Account

My Account provides general information regarding the ACS GUI account and assigned roles, and enables you to change the password of your ACS administrator account. No other changes to the account can be made from this section. See Chapter 15, "ACS 5.1 Advanced Configuration," for information on editing and adding GUI administrator accounts. Figure 4-2 shows the My Account pane.

Figure 4-2

Figure 4-2 My Account

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