Install Cisco ACS

Cisco ACS can be installed inside a virtual machine, usually on VMware ESXi. You need to download the ACS software that will be installed inside a virtual machine. Here are the instructions that explain how you can do that.

Once you have obtained the ACS software, you can install it inside a virtualization program. ACS is usually installed on VMware ESXi, an enterprise virtualization solution, but it can be also installed on VMware Workstation or even VMware Player, a free virtualization program.

Here are the steps to install ACS in VMware Workstation:

Select File > New Virtual Machine:

new virtual machine

Select the Typical configuration type and click Next:

virtual machine configuration type

Select the third option (I will install the operating system later.):

virtual machine install os later

Select Linux as the guest operating system and CentOS as the OS version:

virtual machine guest os

Enter the VM name and the location where it will be stored:

virtual machine name

Select the maximum virtual hard disk size and whether you would like to store the virtual disk as a single file or multiple files. Note that a minimum of 60 GB is required:

virtual machine hd size

Click the Customize Hardware button:

virtual machine customize hardware

Go to the New CD/DVD tab and choose the Use ISO image file option. Browse to the location of the ACS ISO file and click Close:

virtual machine iso

Click Finish to start the installation:

virtual machine finish

Power on the virtual machine. After the VM boots, you will be prompted with the install options for Cisco ACS. Choose the first option:

cisco acs installation

The installation should finish automatically, without your intervention. When the VM reboots, the console should display the following:

cisco acs setup screen

Now we need to configure ACS.

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