Cisco NAC Guest Server Installation and Configuration Guide, Release 2.0
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Table Of Contents

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Introduction to Cisco NAC Guest Server

Connecting to the Cisco NAC Guest Server

Change Default Settings

Change Password

Report Settings

Creating Guest User Accounts

Print Account Details

Email Account Details

Text Message Account Details (SMS)

Multiple Guest Accounts

Creating Multiple Accounts from Text Entry

Creating Multiple Accounts from CSV File

Creating Multiple Random Accounts

Printing/Email/SMS Multiple Accounts

Viewing Bulk Account Groups

Viewing Bulk Account Groups

Finding Bulk Account Groups by Username

Finding Bulk Account Groups on the Active Accounts Report

Managing Guest Accounts

Editing Guest Accounts

Advanced Search

Suspending Guest Accounts

Viewing Active Accounts and Resending Details

Reporting on Guest Users

Sponsor Reporting

Summary Reports

Sponsors Activity Report

Access Reports


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This chapter provides user documentation for sponsor users who create guest accounts. It contains the following sections:

Introduction to Cisco NAC Guest Server

Connecting to the Cisco NAC Guest Server

Creating Guest User Accounts

Multiple Guest Accounts

Suspending Guest Accounts

Viewing Active Accounts and Resending Details

Reporting on Guest Users

Sponsor Reporting

Introduction to Cisco NAC Guest Server

The Cisco NAC Guest Server allows you to create temporary network access accounts for your guests, visitors, contractors or anyone who needs temporary network access. You can easily create guest accounts by browsing to the Cisco NAC Guest Server web interface, logging in with your corporate credentials, and entering the details of the guest. Cisco NAC Guest Server creates the temporary account and allows you to provide the account details to the guest via printout, email or SMS text message.

In addition to creating guest accounts, you can also view and amend the accounts to which you have access, or run reporting on accounts for auditing purposes.

Connecting to the Cisco NAC Guest Server

All connections to the Cisco NAC Guest Server are through a web interface. To connect to the Cisco NAC Guest Server, open a web browser and enter the address into the URL or address field, as provided by your network administrator.


Step 1 Enter the address of the Cisco NAC Guest Server into the URL or Address field of a web browser, for example, http://<nac-guest-server>.

Step 2 In the Cisco NAC Guest Server login page (Figure 17-1), enter your Username and Password, and click the Login button. Use the login credentials specified by your network administrator.

Figure 17-1 Logging Into Cisco NAC Guest Server as a Sponsor

Step 3 When you first log in, the Getting Started page is displayed as shown in Figure 17-2.

Figure 17-2 Sponsor Dashboard

Step 4 From this page, you can navigate to Home > My Settings to:

Change Default Settings.

Change Password.


Change Default Settings

You can change your password, or customize default settings like the language template, time zone, telephone country code, and default login page from the My Settings page.


Step 1 Navigate to Home > My Settings

Step 2 Click the Preferences tab as shown in Figure 17-3, to modify the following Preferences:

Language Template—If your administrator has added additional templates, you can select a language template from this dropdown menu to change the language of the application interface or the guest printout/email/SMS notification.

Default Timezone—This timezone is the default selected in the list on the account creation pages.

Default Telephone Country Code—Specify the default for the telephone country code. This is used when sending the guest details by SMS, or for recording the guest's phone number.

Default Location—Specify the default guest role you want to use for creating accounts.

Email Address—Enter your email address here. This is required if you want to receive a copy of the guest's account details by email.

Receive Email Confirmation—Check this checkbox if you want the Cisco NAC Guest Server to send you a copy of the guest's account details by email, when you click the `Send Email Notification' button to notify the users of their guest account details.

Default Login Page—Using the dropdown menu, select the page that you want the Cisco NAC Guest Server to display immediately after you login.

Figure 17-3 Preferences Page

Step 3 Click the Save button to save your default settings.


Change Password

The Change Password option is enabled if your account is locally defined on the NAC Guest Server by your administrator. If you authenticate with a username/password from an external server such as Active Directory, you cannot view this option.


Step 1 Navigate to Home > My Settings.

Step 2 Click the Password tab as shown in Figure 17-4.

Figure 17-4

Change Password

Step 3 Enter your new password in the Change Password and Confirm fields.

Step 4 Click the Save button to save your new password.

Report Settings


Note The Report Settings function is only available starting from version 2.0.1 and later.


You can select and deselect options you want to view in the Manage Accounts page or when exporting details from the Manage Accounts page.


Step 1 Navigate to Home > My Settings

Step 2 Click the Reports tab as shown in Figure 17-5

Figure 17-5 Reports


Step 3 Check or uncheck the check boxes based on the options to be displayed in the Manage Accounts page on downloading a report.

Step 4 Click the Save button when finished.


Creating Guest User Accounts

If you are assigned the appropriate permissions, you can create temporary guest user accounts.


Step 1 Log into the Cisco NAC Guest Server as described in Connecting to the Cisco NAC Guest Server.

Step 2 Navigate to Create Accounts > Create Guest Account.

Step 3 The Create Guest Account page appears as shown in Figure 17-6.


Note Figure 17-6 shows the default template for creating a Guest User Account. Your administrator has the option to add or remove other fields.


Figure 17-6 Create a Guest User Account

Step 4 Enter the First Name of your guest.

Step 5 Enter the Last Name of your guest.

Step 6 Enter the Company or organization of your guest.

Step 7 Enter the Email Address of your guest.

Step 8 Enter the Mobile Phone Number of your guest.

Step 9 Select the Guest Role from the dropdown menu. This dropdown appears automatically if your administrator has defined guest roles and more than one role is available.

Step 10 Choose the Timezone relevant to the time and date.

Step 11 From the Account Start field, choose the Time and Date from which you want the account to be valid.

Step 12 From the Account End field, choose the Time and Date at which you want the account to end.

Step 13 If the administrator for Cisco NAC Guest Server has configured any additional required account attributes, specify the appropriate information for those settings in this form.

Step 14 Click the Add User button. The account is created and the details are displayed as shown in Figure 17-7.

Figure 17-7 Guest User Created

Step 15 Depending on your permissions, you can perform one or all of the following actions on the same page where the new account details are displayed:

Clicking the Print Account button allows you to print the account details to your printer to hand to the guest. These details commonly include guest access instructions and usage policies. See Print Account Details.

Clicking the Email Account button sends the account details to the email address you entered for the guest. See Email Account Details.

Clicking the Send SMS Message button sends the account details to the guest's mobile phone via SMS text message. See Text Message Account Details (SMS).

Step 16 You can also create another account immediately by clicking the Create another Guest account button.


Print Account Details


Step 1 Click the Print Account button from the Create Guest Account page shown in Figure 17-7.

Figure 17-8 Print Account Details

Step 2 A new Printer window opens and you can print out the guest user details.


Note After a guest account is created, you can also access this feature by navigating to Account Management > Manage Accounts and clicking the Print icon at the right of the guest user entry in the list.



Email Account Details


Step 1 Click the Email Account button from the Create Guest Account page shown in Figure 17-7.

Step 2 The Cisco NAC Guest Server sends an email to the email address specified when you created the account.


Note After a guest account is created, you can also access this feature by navigating to Account Management > Manage Accounts and clicking the Envelope icon to the far right of the guest user entry in the list.



Text Message Account Details (SMS)


Step 1 Click the Send SMS Message button from the Create Guest Account page shown in Figure 17-7.

Step 2 The Cisco NAC Guest Server sends a text message to the phone number specified in the account creation.


Note After a guest account is created, you can also access this feature by navigating to Account Management > Manage Accounts and clicking the Phone icon to the far right of the guest user entry in the list.



Multiple Guest Accounts

The Cisco NAC Guest Server allows you to create multiple accounts at the same time. The options available to you are configured by your administrator. They include:

Creating Multiple Accounts from Text Entry

Creating Multiple Accounts from CSV File

Creating Multiple Random Accounts

You can create multiple accounts by pasting the details into the interface, importing a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file, or creating random accounts to be assigned to guest users (with the details recorded on paper) for input at a later time.

Creating Multiple Accounts from Text Entry


Step 1 Navigate to Create Accounts > Multiple Accounts as shown in Figure 17-9.

Figure 17-9 Multiple Accounts

Step 2 Enter the details in the text field as required with a comma separating the values.

Step 3 Select the Guest Role from the dropdown menu. This dropdown appears automatically if your administrator has defined guest roles and more than one role is available.

Step 4 Select the relevant Timezone for the account.

Step 5 Choose the Account Start time, and then the Account End time.

Step 6 Click the Create Bulk Accounts button.


Creating Multiple Accounts from CSV File


Step 1 Navigate to Create Accounts > Import Accounts as shown in Figure 17-10.

Figure 17-10 Import Accounts from CSV File

Step 2 Download the CSV file by clicking the Download CSV Template File button and save this file locally.

Step 3 Fill out the fields in the CSV Template file using a program such as Microsoft Excel:

First Name - The guest's first name.

Last Name - The guest's last name

Company - The guest's company

Email Address - The guest's email address

Country Code - The country code of the mobile phone number, for example 1 for the US, 44 for the UK.

Mobile Phone Number - The guest's mobile phone number.


Note Do not enter hyphens in the number.


Other details - Other details may be configured by your administrator and the names and descriptions are decided by them.

Step 4 Save the CSV Template file in CSV format.

Step 5 Click the Browse button to select your edited CSV file.

Step 6 Select the Guest Role from the dropdown menu. This dropdown appears automatically if your administrator has defined guest roles and more than one role is available.

Step 7 Select the relevant Timezone for the account.

Step 8 Choose the Account Start time, and then the Account End time.

Step 9 Click the Upload CSV button.


Creating Multiple Random Accounts

You can create random accounts when you need to hand out details to visitors, but do not have access to a computer at the time you need to create and provide the accounts to guests. This feature allows you to create accounts in advance and record the details on paper, and store them in the system for correlation at a later time.


Step 1 Navigate to Create Accounts > Random Accounts as shown in Figure 17-11.

Figure 17-11 Create Random Accounts

Step 2 Enter the number of accounts that you want to generate.

Step 3 Select the Guest Role from the dropdown menu. This dropdown appears automatically if your administrator has defined guest roles and more than one role is available.

Step 4 Select the relevant Timezone for the account.

Step 5 Choose the Account Start time, and then the Account End time.

Step 6 Click the Submit button. The random accounts are created and displayed as shown in Figure 17-12.

Figure 17-12 Random Accounts Created


Note For random accounts, it is useful to print out the table that displays so that you can write down the corresponding guest's details for later input in to the Cisco NAC Guest Server.



Printing/Email/SMS Multiple Accounts

When you have created accounts using one of the multiple account creation methods, the screen for the users details is slightly different than the one shown when a single guest account is created. You can Email and SMS all accounts to each individual guest after creation. You can also print the details for each individual account, or download the accounts file in CSV format.


Step 1 Navigate to Account Management > Manage Bulk Accounts as shown in Figure 17-13.

Figure 17-13 Manage Bulk Accounts (Text/CSV Creation Methods)

Step 2 Determine the batch of accounts you have created by the Time/Date Created column or by checking the Created By column. Click the bulk account ID link you have created to view the Bulk Details page as shown in Figure 17-14.

Figure 17-14 Bulk Details Page—Print/Email/SMS Options

Step 3 From this page you can:

Print All —Click to print out the account details created for each guest.

Email All —Click to email the account details created to each guest.

SMS All —Click to SMS the account details created to all guest.

Suspend All —Click to suspend all the bulk accounts you have created.

Download CSV—Click to download a CSV file of the bulk accounts created.

Suspend an account—Click the hazard icon.

Edit an account—Click the pencil icon to edit the individual account selected.

View an account in detail—Click the notepad icon to view the individual account details.

Print account details—Click the printer icon to print the individual account details.


Note When creating accounts with preset details (by either importing text or creating a CSV file), you can print, email, or transmit via SMS the guest account details. However, when you create random accounts, you can only use the print option.



Viewing Bulk Account Groups

When creating bulk accounts, you can view batches of accounts that were created at the same time using one of the following three methods:

Viewing Bulk Account Groups

Finding Bulk Account Groups by Username

Finding Bulk Account Groups on the Active Accounts Report

Viewing Bulk Account Groups

This option allows you to select the batch of accounts that you created.


Step 1 Navigate to Account Management > Manage Bulk Accounts as shown in Figure 17-13.

Step 2 Click the underlined link of the Bulk account ID you have created to bring up the Bulk Details page as shown in Figure 17-15.

Figure 17-15 Bulk Account Groups

Step 3 Click the notepad icon to view that individual account details.


Finding Bulk Account Groups by Username

This option allows you to find the batch of accounts by entering one username of the batch.


Step 1 Navigate to Account Management > Manage Bulk Accounts as shown in Figure 17-13.

Step 2 Enter a username that belongs to a batch of accounts in the Username field and click the Submit button.

If found, the batch of accounts, that were created in the same operation as the username submitted, is displayed.


Finding Bulk Account Groups on the Active Accounts Report

This option allows you to find the batch of accounts from the Active Accounts Report page.


Step 1 Navigate to Account Management > Manage Accounts as shown in Figure 17-13.

Step 2 Click the underlined link of the Bulk account ID you have created to go to the Manage Accounts page for the bulk-created accounts as shown in Figure 17-16. You can edit individual accounts in this page.

Figure 17-16 Bulk Accounts on the Active Accounts Report


Managing Guest Accounts

You can view all accounts that have been created at any time using the Manage Accounts page.


Step 1 From the Main page select Account Management > Manage Accounts.

Step 2 On the Manage Accounts page, you can view the list of accounts that have been created as shown in Figure 17-17. The fields displayed on this page can be customized using Report Settings as shown in Figure 17-5.

Figure 17-17

Manage Accounts


Editing Guest Accounts

If you create an account for a guest and you need to extend their account access, you can change the expiry date and time of the account.


Step 1 From the Main page select Account Management > Manage Accounts.

Step 2 In the Account Management page you can view a list of the accounts that you can edit as shown in Figure 17-18.

Figure 17-18 Edit Guest User Accounts in Account Management

Step 3 Click the pencil icon next to the account you want to change to go to the Edit User Accounts page Guest Self Service as shown in Figure 17-19.

Figure 17-19 Edit Guest Account

Step 4 Change the Account details.

Step 5 Click the Submit button to update the account with the new details.


Advanced Search


Step 1 If your Account Management page returns a large number of users, you can perform an advanced search by clicking the Advanced Search button as shown in Figure 17-16.

Figure 17-20 Advanced Search

Step 2 In the Advanced Search page that is displayed as shown in Figure 17-20, you can enter the following criteria to make your search:

Created by—Sponsor who created the account.

First Name—First Name of guest.

Last Name—Last name of guest.

Company—Company or Organization of guest.

Email—Email address of guest.

IP Address—IP Address of guest users workstation.

Start Time Between—Start Time from which the search to start.

End Time Between—End Time at which the search to end.

Locale—From the dropdown menu select a timezone to be searched.

Inactive—Select this option to include search for Inactive accounts.

Active—Select this option to include search for Active accounts.

Expired—Select this option to include search for Expired accounts.

Suspended—Select this option to include search for Suspended accounts.

Step 3 Click the Submit button to search based on the given criteria. If your search criteria matches any accounts in the database, they are displayed.


Suspending Guest Accounts

You can terminate an account so that a guest can no longer login. To do this, you need to contact your network administrator to make sure that the user has been removed from the network. Depending on the access method, this may happen automatically. Suspending does not delete the account, but marks the account as suspended so that it cannot be used anymore.


Step 1 Select Account Management > Manage Accounts as shown in Figure 17-21.

Figure 17-21 Suspend Accounts

Step 2 Click the suspend icon next to the account you want to terminate. The account is removed from the list and the guest will not be able to login anymore.


Viewing Active Accounts and Resending Details

Cisco NAC Guest Server provides an Active Accounts page that allows you to view the active accounts that you created or accounts that you have permissions to view. This page allows you to view, print, email or text message (SMS) the account access details to guests if they have lost or forgotten them.


Step 1 Select Account Management > Manage Accounts to display a list of active accounts as shown in Figure 17-18.

Step 2 Click the username of the guest to which you wish to resend details as shown in Figure 17-22.

Figure 17-22 Guest Account Details

Step 3 From this page you can click the relevant button:

Print Account—Prints the account.

Email Account—Sends email the account to the guest.

Send SMS Message—Sends an SMS message of the account details to the guest.

Create another Guest account—Creates another guest account.


Reporting on Guest Users

If you have the appropriate permissions, you can generate full reporting on guest user accounts. You can run reports to view who created guest accounts, when they were created, and access details for the guests themselves, such login time, logout time, and IP address used.


Step 1 From the Main page, select Account Management > Manage Accounts to display a list of active accounts as shown in Figure 17-18.

Step 2 Select the user for which you wish to view reporting, and click the notepad icon to view the detailed report for that user.

Step 3 Click the Accounting Log tab as shown in Figure 17-23 for the RADIUS accounting information for that guest including:

NAS IP Address—NAS IP address the guest user was specified.

Users IP Address—IP Address assigned to the guest.

Logged In—Time at which the guest logged in.

Logged Out—Time at which the guest logged out.

Duration—Duration of time the guest remained logged in the account.

Figure 17-23 Accounting Log

Step 4 Click the Audit Log tab as shown in Figure 17-24 to view the audit entries for that guest account including:

Sponsor—Sponsor ID.

Action—Audit entry action.

Date/Time—Date and Time of audit entry action.

Figure 17-24 Audit Log

Step 5 Click the Activity Log tab as shown in Figure 17-25 to view the activities performed by the guest for that account, including firewall information if your administrator has allowed that functionality.

Figure 17-25 Activity Log

Search criteria include:

Network Device IP—IP address of any network device you wish to search.

Message Contains—Enter any text you wish to search for within the logs.

Use regular expression—Check this checkbox to search for the specified text that matches with regular expression. You can use Perl compatible regular expressions in the search.

Between—Enter Date and Time from which you want to start your search.

And—Enter Date and Time at which you want to end your search.

Step 6 Click the Run button once you have completed selecting your criteria. Once the search is completed, you can click the Download button to save your results to a file.

Returned information includes:

Date/Time field—Displays the date and time of the guest's actions.

Device—The device on which the guest's actions took place.

Message—Displays the guest's actions.


Sponsor Reporting

Sponsors can view reports under the Account Management section to view the summary, activity and access details for their own account and other sponsor accounts.

Summary Reports


Step 1 From the main page select Account Management > Summary Reports to bring up the summary reports page as shown in Figure 17-26.

Figure 17-26 Summary Report

Step 2 Select a search criteria using the date pickers provided and click the Show button.

Step 3 The screen displays:

Total Guest Accounts Created.

Total Authenticated Guests.

Total Cumulative Connect Time.


Sponsors Activity Report


Step 1 From the main page, select Account Management > Sponsors Activity Report to display the Sponsors Activity Report page as shown in Figure 17-27.

Figure 17-27 Sponsors Activity Report

Step 2 Select a search criteria using the date pickers provided. You can also select a minimum number of guests created by sponsor.

Step 3 When completed, click the Show button. The screen displays:

Username—Username of sponsor.

Total Accounts Created—Accounts created by sponsor.

Email—Email address of sponsor.

Phone—Phone number of sponsor.

A pie chart of the top ten sponsors, who created the accounts, is also displayed.


Access Reports


Step 1 Navigate to Account Management > Access Report to go to the Access Report page as shown in Figure 17-28.

Figure 17-28 Access Report

Step 2 Select a search criteria using the date pickers provided and click the Show button.

Step 3 The screen displays the number of logins made by sponsors.