Cisco IPS 4200 Series Sensors

IPS 7.X: User Login Authentication using ACS 5.X as Radius Server Configuration Example

Document ID: 112974

Updated: May 12, 2011



This document provides information on how to configure the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) for user login authentication using a RADIUS server. ACS is used as the RADIUS server.



This document assumes that the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is fully operational and configured to allow the Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Manager Express (IME) or CLI to make configuration changes. In addition to local AAA authentication, you can now configure RADIUS servers to perform sensor user authentication. The ability to configure the IPS to use AAA RADIUS authentication for user accounts, which aids in the operation of large IPS deployments, is available in Cisco Intrusion Prevention System 7.0(4)E4 and later.

Note: There is no option to enable Accounting on the IPS. There is RADIUS authentication support in IPS 7.04, but TACACS or Authorization or Accounting are not supported.

Components Used

The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:

  • Cisco Intrusion Prevention System version 7.0(4)E4 and later

  • Intrusion Prevention System Manager Express Version 7.1(1) and later

  • Cisco Secure Access Control Server 5.x

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.


Refer to Cisco Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document conventions.


In this section, you are presented with the information to configure the features described in this document.

Note: Use the Command Lookup Tool (registered customers only) in order to obtain more information on the commands used in this section.

Configure IPS for Authentication from ACS Server using IME

Complete these steps in order to add the IPS to IME and then configure the IPS for authentication from the ACS server:

  1. Choose Home > Devices > Device List > Add in order to add an IPS to the IME.


  2. Complete the fields in the Add Device window, as shown here, in order to provide the details about the IPS. The sensor name used here is IPS. Click OK.


  3. Click Yes in order to accept the certificate and continue the https connection to the sensor. You must accept the certificate in order to connect to and access the sensor.


    The IPS named IPS is added to the Intrusion Prevention System Manager Express (IME).


  4. Choose Configuration > IPS > Sensor Setup > Authentication, and complete these steps:

    1. Click the RADIUS Server radio button in order to select the RADIUS Server as the Authenticating device.

    2. Provide the RADIUS Authentication parameters, as shown.

    3. Choose Local and RADIUS as the Console Authentication, so that local authentication is used when the RADIUS Server is not available.

    4. Click Apply.


Configure ACS as a RADIUS Server

Complete these steps in order to configure the ACS as a RADIUS server:

  1. Choose Network Resources > Network Devices and AAA Clients, and click Create in order to add the IPS to the ACS server.


  2. Provide the required information about the client (IPS is the client here), and click Submit. This enables the IPS to get added to the ACS server. The details include the IP Address of the IPS and the RADIUS server details.


  3. Choose Users and Identity stores > Internal Identity Stores > Users, and click Create in order to create a new user.


  4. Provide the Name and Password information. When you finish, click Submit.



Use this section to confirm that your configuration works properly.

Try to log into the IPS with the newly created user. Once the user is authenticated, check the report on ACS.


Click the Authentications-RADIUS-Today in order to view the current report.


This image shows that the user connecting to the IPS is authenticated by the ACS server.


The Output Interpreter Tool (registered customers only) (OIT) supports certain show commands. Use the OIT to view an analysis of show command output.


There is currently no specific troubleshooting information available for this configuration.

Related Information

Updated: May 12, 2011
Document ID: 112974