The Configuring Cisco ISE Essentials for SD-Access (ISESDA) v1.0 is a 2-day instructor-led or virtual training course that shows you how to deploy the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) to support the Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) solution within your enterprise networks. You will gain an understanding of how Cisco ISE is utlitized by the SD-Access solution to provide security policies across the organization. You will learn Cisco ISE fundamentals and get hands-on practice configuring ISE, policies, AAA client configuration, VPN access, integration, wireless guest access, and more.

The price in Cisco Learning Credits (CLC) for the ISESDA course is 24 CLCs per person.


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe Cisco ISE policies and authentication and authorization process
  • Understand different AAA protocols
  • Understand how Cisco ISE fits into Cisco DNA Center architecture
  • Provide configuration examples of Cisco ISE and TrustSec solutions
  • Describe Cisco ISE integration with Cisco DNA Center and policy enforcement using Security Groups
  • Provide configuration examples for wired, wireless, and VPN network access
  • Understand how inline tagging and SGT Exchange Protocol (SXP) works


  • Cisco ISE Overview
    • Examining the Cisco Identity Services Engine
    • Examining AAA protocols
    • Examining Authentication
    • Integrating ISE with Active Directory
    • Examining Authorization
    • Exploring AAA Client Configuration
  • Cisco ISE Guest Access
    • Examining Guest Portal Types
    • Examining Guest User Types
    • Configuring Cisco ISE AAA Policy
  • Cisco ISE and SD-Access
    • Exploring Cisco SD-Access
    • Examining Cisco ISE for SD-Access
    • Examining SXP
Lab outline
  • Introduction to ISE and Active Directory (AD) Integration
  • Configuring ISE AAA Policies
  • Configuring AAA Clients and Verifying AAA Operations
  • Configuring Wireless Guest Access (Optional)
  • Configuring VPN Access

Prerequisite Knowledge

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:
  • Understanding of network routing and switching principles equivalent to the Cisco CCNA certification level