Cisco NAC Appliance Hardware Installation Guide, Release 4.9
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About This Guide

Table Of Contents

About This Guide

Audience

Purpose

Document Organization

Document Conventions

New Features in this Release

Product Documentation

Documentation Updates

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


About This Guide


Revised January 23, 2013, OL-25188-01

This preface includes the following sections:

Audience

Purpose

Document Organization

Document Conventions

New Features in this Release

Product Documentation

Documentation Updates

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Audience

This guide is for network administrators who are installing the Cisco NAC Appliance hardware and performing initial configuration to introduce the Clean Access Manager (CAM) and Clean Access Server (CAS) into the network. Use this document along with the Cisco NAC Appliance - Clean Access Manager Configuration Guide, Release 4.9(1) and Cisco NAC Appliance - Clean Access Server Configuration Guide, Release 4.9(1) to install, configure, and administer your Cisco NAC Appliance deployment.

Purpose

The Cisco NAC Appliance Hardware Installation Guide, Release 4.9 describes how to install and initially configure the Clean Access Manager and Clean Access Server on all Cisco NAC Appliance platforms. Once you have installed and initially configured the CAM and CAS, you can use the Clean Access Manager (CAM) and its web-based administration console to manage multiple Clean Access Servers (CASs) in a deployment. End users connect through the Clean Access Server to the network via web login or Cisco NAC Agent. This guide also describes how to implement High Availability for the CAMs and CASs in your network.

See the Product Documentation section for further details on the document set for Cisco NAC Appliance.

Document Organization

This guide combines hardware and installation information for both the Clean Access Manager and Clean Access Server. Starting from Release 4.7(0), the Cisco NAC Appliance Hardware Installation Guide replaces the installation chapters that were formerly located in the Cisco NAC Appliance - Clean Access Manager Installation and Configuration Guide and Cisco NAC Appliance - Clean Access Server Installation and Configuration Guide.

Table 1 Document Organization

Chapter
Description

Chapter 1 "Cisco NAC Appliance Hardware Platforms"

Provides information about the hardware platforms available in Cisco NAC Appliance

Chapter 2 "Preparing for Installation"

Outlines the steps necessary to ensure your environment is ready to install Cisco NAC Appliance hardware

Chapter 3 "Installing the Clean Access Manager and Clean Access Server"

Describes how to install and initially configure the Clean Access Manager and Clean Access Server

Chapter 4 "Configuring High Availability (HA)"

Describes how to set up a pair of Clean Access Manager or Clean Access Server machines for high availability

Chapter 5 "Password Recovery"

Defines the steps necessary to recover a lost Cisco NAC Appliance root password

"Open Source License Acknowledgements"

Contains Open Source License information for Cisco products


Document Conventions

Table 2 Document Conventions

Item
Convention

Indicates command line output.

Screen font

Indicates information you enter.

Boldface screen font

Indicates variables for which you supply values.

Italic screen font

Indicates web admin console modules, menus, tabs, links and submenu links.

Boldface font

Indicates a menu item to be selected.

Administration  > User Pages


New Features in this Release

For a brief summary of the new features and enhancements available in this release refer to Documentation Updates and the "New and Changed Information" section of the corresponding Release Notes for Cisco NAC Appliance.

Product Documentation

lists the technical documentation available for Cisco NAC Appliance on Cisco.com at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6128/tsd_products_support_series_home.html.

When using the online publications, refer to the documents that match the software version running on your Cisco NAC Appliance (e.g. "Release 4.9").

See also the following product literature for additional details:

Cisco NAC Appliance Data Sheet

Cisco NAC Appliance Ordering Guide


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Table 3 Cisco NAC Appliance Document Set

Document Title
Refer to This Document For Information On:

Cisco NAC Appliance Service Contract/Licensing Support

Obtaining and installing product licenses

Information on service contracts, ordering and RMA

Supported Hardware and System Requirements for Cisco NAC Appliance

Supported Hardware Platforms, Troubleshooting Network Card Driver Support Issues, and System Requirements

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for Cisco Identity Services Engine, Cisco 1121 Secure Access Control System, Cisco NAC Appliance, Cisco NAC Guest Server, and Cisco NAC Profiler

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information

Support Information for Cisco NAC Appliance Agents, Release 4.5 and Later

Agent System Requirements, Agent/Server Version Compatibility, Agent/OS/Browser Support Matrix, Agent/AD Server Compatibility for AD SSO, and Agent Localized Language Template Support

Cisco NAC Appliance Switch and Wireless LAN Controller Support

Which switches and NMEs support OOB deployment

Known issues/troubleshooting for switches and WLCs

Connecting Cisco Network Admission Control Network Modules

Connecting Cisco NAC network module (NME-NAC-K9) in an Integrated Services Router

Cisco NAC Appliance FIPS Card Field-Replaceable Unit Installation Guide

Provides instructions to upgrade your existing Cisco NAC-3310, NAC-3350, and NAC-3390 with a field-replaceable FIPS card necessary to introduce FIPS compliance in your network

Release Notes for Cisco NAC Appliance

Details on the latest 4.9(x) release, including:

New features and enhancements

Fixed caveats

Upgrade instructions

Supported AV/AS product charts

CAM/CAS/Agent compatibility and version information

Cisco NAC Appliance Hardware Installation Guide, Release 4.9

Details on CAM/CAS installation topics:

Hardware specifications on the various CAM/CAS platforms

How to install the Clean Access Manager and Clean Access Server Platforms

How to install Cisco NAC Appliance software on the CASM/CAS

How to configure CAM and CAS pairs for High Availability

Cisco NAC Appliance - Clean Access Manager Configuration Guide, Release 4.9(1)

Complete CAM details, including:

How to install the CAM software

Overviews of major concepts and features of Cisco NAC Appliance

How to use the CAM web console to perform global configuration of Cisco NAC Appliance (applying to all CASs in the deployment)

How to configure CAM pairs for High Availability

Cisco NAC Appliance - Clean Access Server Configuration Guide, Release 4.9(1)

CAS-specific details, including:

How to install the CAS software

Where to deploy the CAS on the network (general information)

How to perform local (CAS-specific) configuration using the CAS management pages of the CAM web console, or the CAS direct access console

How to configure CAS pairs for High Availability

Cisco NAC Profiler Installation and Configuration Guide

Details on installing and configuring the Cisco NAC Profiler Server /Collector

Cisco NAC Appliance Migration Guide - Release 4.1(8) to Release 4.7(0)

Upgrading from an earlier Cisco NAC Appliance release on non-Cisco hardware to a next generation (NAC-3315/3355/3395) platform using the Cisco NAC Appliance Migration utility


Documentation Updates

Table 4 Updates to Cisco NAC Appliance Hardware Installation Guide, Release 4.9(1)

Date
Description

4/25/2012

Release 4.9(1)

Updated Upgrading Cisco NAC Appliance Software

Updated Release 4.9(1) screenshots as appropriate

9/23/2011

Release 4.9


Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation:

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

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