Quick Start Guide vA3(2.2), Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance
Configuring Role-Based Access Control
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Configuring Role-Based Access Control

Table Of Contents

Configuring Role-Based Access Control

Overview

Configuring RBAC Using the Device Manager GUI

Configuring RBAC Using the CLI


Configuring Role-Based Access Control


This chapter describes how to configure role-based access control (RBAC) on the Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine (ACE) appliance. This chapter contains the following sections:

Overview

Configuring RBAC Using the Device Manager GUI

Configuring RBAC Using the CLI

Overview

After reading this chapter, you should have a basic understanding of how the ACE appliance provides security administration by using RBAC and how to configure a server maintenance user with permission to access a subset of your network.

One of the most challenging problems in managing large networks is the complexity of security administration. The ACE appliance allows you to determine the commands and resources available to each user through RBAC. In RBAC, users are associated with domains and roles.

A domain is a collection of physical and virtual network resources such as real servers and virtual servers.

User roles determine a user's privileges, such as the commands that the user can enter and the actions the user can perform in a particular context. The ACE provides a number of predefined roles. In addition, administrators in any context can define new roles.

The ACE provides the following predefined roles, which you cannot delete or modify:

Admin—If created in the Admin context, has complete access to, and control over, all contexts, domains, roles, users, resources, and objects in the entire ACE. If created in a user context, gives a user complete access to and control over all policies, roles, domains, server farms, real servers, and other objects in that context.

Network Admin—Has complete access to and control over the following features:

Interfaces

Routing

Connection parameters

Network Address Translation (NAT)

VIPs

Copy configurations

changeto command

exec command

Network-Monitor—Has access to all show commands and to the changeto and exec commands. If you do not explicitly assign a role to a user with the username command, this is the default role.

Security-Admin—Has complete access to and control over the following security-related features within a context:

ACLs

Application inspection

Connection parameters

Interfaces

Authentication and accounting (AAA)

NAT

Copy configurations

changeto command

exec command

Server-Appln-Maintenance—Has complete access to and control over the following features:

Real servers

Server farms

Load balancing

Copy configurations

changeto command

exec command

Server-Maintenance—Can perform real server maintenance, monitoring, and debugging for the following features:

Real servers—Modify permission

Server farms—Debug permission

VIPs—Debug permission

Probes—Debug permission

Load balancing—Debug permission

changeto command—Create permission

exec command—Create permission

SLB-Admin—Has complete access to and control over the following ACE features within a context:

Real servers

Server farms

VIPs

Probes

Load balancing (Layer 3/4 and Layer 7)

NAT

Interfaces

Copy configurations

changeto command

exec command

SSL-Admin—Can administer all SSL features:

SSL—Create permission

PKI—Create permission

Interfaces—Modify permission

Copy configurations—Create permission

changeto command—Create permission

exec command

You can create a user and assign them privileges through RBAC as follows:


Step 1 Create a domain and choose network resources for the domain.

Step 2 Create a user and associate the user with the following:

A role (predefined or custom)

A domain


This chapter describes how to create a domain and a user, and how to associate the user with a predefined role and the new domain. For more information on predefined roles and how to define a custom role, see the Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Virtualization Configuration Guide.

To create a domain and a user, you can use either the ACE Device Manager GUI or the CLI.

Configuring RBAC Using the Device Manager GUI

In this procedure, you use the GUI to create a domain that includes the user context that you created in Chapter 3, "Creating a Virtual Context," and then create a server maintenance user, user1, to manage those servers. Configure this RBAC setup using the GUI by following these steps:


Step 1 Choose VC_web.

Step 2 Choose Admin > Role-Based Access Control > Domains. The Domains pane appears (Figure 5-1).

Figure 5-1 Domains Pane

Step 3 Click Add to add a new domain. The New Domain window appears (Figure 5-2).

Figure 5-2 Domains Window

Step 4 Enter Domain1 for the Name.

Step 5 Check the All Objects check box.

Step 6 Click Deploy Now to create a domain that includes all objects in context VC_web.

Step 7 Choose Role-Based Access Control > Users to create a user. The Users pane appears (Figure 5-3).

Figure 5-3 Users Pane

Step 8 Click Add. The User window appears (Figure 5-4).

Figure 5-4 Users Window

Step 9 Enter the following user attributes. Leave the remaining attributes blank or with the default values.

Name: user1

Password: MYPASSWORD

Confirm: MYPASSWORD

Role: Server-Maintenance

Step 10 Choose Domain1 and click the right-arrow button. Domain1 is moved from Available to the Selected list.

Step 11 Choose default-domain and click the left-arrow button. Default-domain is removed from the Selected list.

Step 12 Associate the new user user1 with the role Server-Maintenance and the domain Domain1 by clicking Deploy Now. The new user is added to the Users pane (Figure 5-5).

Figure 5-5 Users Pane with user1 Added


Configuring RBAC Using the CLI

Configure RBAC using the CLI by following these steps:


Step 1 Verify that you are operating in the desired context by checking the CLI prompt. If necessary, change to the correct context.

host1/Admin# changeto VC_web
host1/VC_web#

Step 2 Enter configuration mode.

host1/VC_web# Config
host1/VC_web(config)#

Step 3 Create a domain for the context.

host1/VC_web(config)# domain Domain1
host1/VC_web(config-domain)#

Step 4 Allocate all objects in the VC_web context to the domain.

host1/VC_web(config-domain)# add-object all
host1/VC_web(config-domain)# exit
host1/VC_web(config)#

Step 5 Configure new user user1, and assign the predefined role TECHNICIAN and the domain Domain1 to the user.

host1/VC_web(config)# username user1 password 5 MYPASSWORD role 
TECHNICIAN domain Domain1 


Note The parameter 5 for password is for an MD5-hashed strong encryption password. Use 0 for a clear text password.


host1/VC_web(config)# exit

Step 6 Display the user and domain configurations.

host1/VC_web# show running-config role 
host1/VC_web# show running-config domain 


In this chapter, you have created a user to perform a limited number of functions on a subset of your network. Next, you will create a virtual server for server load balancing.