Security Guide vA5(1.0), Cisco ACE Application Control Engine
Preface
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Preface

Table Of Contents

Preface

Audience

How to Use This Guide

Related Documentation

Symbols and Conventions

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines


Preface


This guide describes how to configure the security feature on the following products:

Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module (ACE module) in the Catalyst 6500 series switch or Cisco 7600 series router

Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance (ACE appliance)

The information in this guide applies to both the ACE module and the ACE appliance unless otherwise noted.

You can configure the ACE by using the following interfaces:

The command-line interface (CLI), a line-oriented user interface that provides commands for configuring, managing, and monitoring the ACE.

(ACE appliance only) Device Manager graphic user interface (GUI), a Web browser-based GUI interface that provides a graphical user interface for configuring, managing, and monitoring the ACE appliance.

Cisco Application Networking Manager (ANM), a networking management application for monitoring and configuring network devices, including the ACE.

This preface contains the following major sections:

Audience

How to Use This Guide

Related Documentation

Symbols and Conventions

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

Audience

This guide is intended for the following trained and qualified service personnel who are responsible for configuring the ACE:

Web master

System administrator

System operator

How to Use This Guide

This guide is organized as follows:

Chapter
Description

Chapter 1, Configuring Security Access Control Lists

Describes how to configure security access control lists (ACLs) on your ACE. ACLs provide basic security for your network by filtering traffic and controlling network connections.

Chapter 1, Configuring Authentication and Accounting Services

Describes how to configure the ACE to perform user authentication and accounting (AAA) services to provide a higher level of security for users accessing the ACE.

Chapter 3, Configuring Application Protocol Inspection

Describes how to configure application protocol inspection for the ACE.

Chapter 4, Configuring TCP/IP Normalization and IP Reassembly Parameters

Describes how to configure TCP/IP normalization to protect your ACE and the data center from attacks. It also describes IP reassembly and UDP parameters.

Chapter 5, Configuring Network Address Translation

Describes NAT and how to configure it on the ACE. NAT protects your data center by hiding private addresses from public networks.


Related Documentation

In addition to this document, the ACE documentation set includes the following:

Document Title
Description

Administration Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to perform the following administration tasks on the ACE:

Setting up the ACE

Establishing remote access

Managing software licenses

Configuring class maps and policy maps

Managing the ACE software

Configuring SNMP

Configuring redundancy

Configuring the XML interface

Upgrading the ACE software

Application Acceleration and Optimization Guide, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

(ACE appliance only) Describes how to configure the web optimization features of the ACE appliance. This guide also provides an overview and description of those features.

Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Configuration Examples Wiki

Provides examples of common configurations for load balancing, security, SSL, routing and bridging, virtualization, and so on.

Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Troubleshooting Wiki

Describes the procedures and methodology in wiki format to troubleshoot the most common problems that you may encounter during the operation of your ACE.

Command Reference, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Provides an alphabetical list and descriptions of all CLI commands by mode, including syntax, options, and related commands.

CSM-to-ACE Conversion Tool Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module

(ACE module only) Describes how to use the CSM-to-ACE module conversion tool to migrate Cisco Content Switching Module (CSM) running- or startup-configuration files to the ACE module.

CSS-to-ACE Conversion Tool Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to use the CSS-to-ACE conversion tool to migrate Cisco Content Services Switches (CSS) running-configuration or startup-configuration files to the ACE.

Device Manager Guide, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

(ACE appliance only) Describes how to use the Device Manager GUI, which resides in flash memory on the ACE appliance, to provide a browser-based interface for configuring and managing the appliance.

Getting Started Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module

(ACE module only) Describes how to perform the initial setup and configuration tasks for the ACE module.

Getting Started Guide, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

(ACE appliance only) Describes how to use the ACE appliance Device Manager GUI and CLI to perform the initial setup and configuration tasks.

Hardware Installation Guide, Cisco ACE 4710 Application Control Engine Appliance

(ACE appliance only) Provides information for installing the ACE appliance.

Installation Note, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine ACE30 Module

(ACE module only) Provides information for installing the ACE module into the Catalyst 6500 series switch or a Cisco 7600 series router.

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information, Cisco ACE 4710 Application Control Engine Appliance

(ACE appliance only) Regulatory compliance and safety information for the ACE appliance.

Release Note, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

(ACE appliance only) Provides information about operating considerations, caveats, and command-line interface (CLI) commands for the ACE appliance.

Release Note, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine Module

(ACE module only) Provides information about operating considerations, caveats, and command-line interface (CLI) commands for the ACE module.

Routing and Bridging Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to perform the following routing and bridging tasks on the ACE:

(ACE appliance only) Ethernet ports

VLAN interfaces

IPv6, including transitioning IPv4 networks to IPv6, IPv6 header format, IPv6 addressing, and suported protocols.

Routing

Bridging

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

Server Load-Balancing Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to configure the following server load-balancing features on the ACE:

Real servers and server farms

Class maps and policy maps to load balance traffic to real servers in server farms

Server health monitoring (probes)

Stickiness

Dynamic workload scaling (DWS)

Firewall load balancing

TCL scripts

SSL Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to configure the following Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) features on the ACE:

SSL certificates and keys

SSL initiation

SSL termination

End-to-end SSL

System Message Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to configure system message logging on the ACE. This guide also lists and describes the system log (syslog) messages generated by the ACE.

Upgrade/Downgrade Guide, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

(ACE appliance only) Describes how to perform an ACE appliance software upgrade or downgrade.

User Guide, Cisco Application Networking Manager

Describes how to use Cisco Application Networking Manager (ANM), a networking management application for monitoring and configuring network devices, including the ACE.

Virtualization Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to operate your ACE in a single context or in multiple contexts.


Symbols and Conventions

This publication uses the following conventions:

Convention
Description

boldface font

Commands, command options, and keywords are in boldface. Bold text also indicates a command in a paragraph.

italic font

Arguments for which you supply values are in italics. Italic text also indicates the first occurrence of a new term, book title, emphasized text.

{   }

Encloses required arguments and keywords.

[   ]

Encloses optional arguments and keywords.

{x | y | z}

Required alternative keywords are grouped in braces and separated by vertical bars.

[x | y | z]

Optional alternative keywords are grouped in brackets and separated by vertical bars.

string

A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.

screen font

Terminal sessions and information the system displays are in screen font.

boldface screen font

Information you must enter in a command line is in boldface screen font.

italic screen font

Arguments for which you supply values are in italic screen font.

^

The symbol ^ represents the key labeled Control—for example, the key combination ^D in a screen display means hold down the Control key while you press the D key.

<   >

Nonprinting characters, such as passwords are in angle brackets.


Notes use the following conventions:


Note Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or references to material not covered in the publication.


Cautions use the following conventions:


Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

For additional information about CLI syntax formatting, see the Command Reference, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine.

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html