Device Administration with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

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Your ISE Journey for Device Administration

Set up Device Administration (TACACS+) to grant users access based on data and executable commands. Gain access to device configuration on a need-to-know and need-to-act basis, while keeping audit trails for every change in network. Requires ISE Base and Device Administration licences.

The resources on this page will assist you in setting up Device Administration. Use the content groupings below to begin your setup, starting with Onboard. Your journey doesn’t end with the Use phase. Stay tuned for additional resources to help you engage, adopt and optimise.



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Ready to configure device administration? First, make sure that you've installed ISE. Then, use the resources below to define your policy structure, identify context and privileges, add network devices and more.


As you begin to scale and enhance your policy settings and device groups, use these resources to troubleshoot and optimise your Device Administration setup.

Success Measures

Wondering whether you've set up device administration successfully? Once you've completed configuration, navigate in ISE to:

  1. Operations > TACACS > Live Logs
  2. Work Centres > Device Administration > Reports

Choose from the Device Administration reports in the left menu.
Bonus tip: if you have an ISE Plus licence, you can also check out Device Administration in the Context Visibility dashboard.

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