Cisco ISE NFR Appliance Setup

KB ID 0001066


The Cisco ISE NFR appliance is for demos and test bench use, I’m currently building a test lab for ISE so I spun a copy up. I looked at the associated ReadMe.pdf for instructions on the basic setup, and found a hyper-link to the instructions, that didn’t work! bah.


The appliance comes as an OVA file for importation into vSphere/ESX, I’m assuming you have already imported the appliance.

VMware vSphere – How to Import and Export OVF and OVA Files

1. Default username and Password: Username admin Password ISEc0ld

Cisco ISE NFR default username

Cisco ISE NFR Setup Basic IP Addressing.

2. By default the appliance has an IP address of, you can see that at CLI.

ise/admin# show interface

Cisco ISE NFR get ip

3. Or here you can see the IP address in the vSphere console.

Cisco ISE NFR vcenter

4. To change the IP (Note: The ISE appliance has two virtual NIC’s I’m just changing the default ones IP address).

ise/admin# configure ise/admin(config)# interface GigabitEthernet 0 ise/admin(config-GigabitEthernet)# ip address

Enter ‘Y’ to restart the services.

Cisco ISE NFR change ip

ise/admin(config-GigabitEthernet)# exit ise/admin(config)# ip default-gateway

Cisco ISE NFR default gateway

Cisco ISE NFR Set Hostname and DNS Information

6. To change the appliances default domain;

ise/admin(config)# ip domain-name

Enter ‘Y’ to restart the services.

Cisco ISE NFR set domain

7. To set the DNS server to use for local lookups;

ise/admin(config)# ip name-server

Enter ‘yes’ to restart the services.

Cisco ISE NFR set DNS

8. To set the Hostname, simply use the following syntax;

ise/admin(config)# hostname ISE-01

Cisco ISE NFR Set NTP Information

9. To set the timezone;

ise/admin(config)# clock timezone GB

Cisco ISE NFR set time zone

10. To set the NTP servers it’s a little more convoluted, you can have up to three, two are already configured. If you try and delete the pre-configured ones it will error. So you need to add one, then delete the two factory ones, then you can add up to another two.

To Add an NTP Server

ise/admin(config)# ntp server
To Remove an NTP Server

ise/admin(config)# no ntp server

Cisco ISE NFR setup NTP

11. As usual NTP can take a while to synchronise, I’d go and have a coffee at this point, to test;

ise/admin(config)# show ntp

Cisco ISE NFR check ntp

12. Save your changes.

Cisco ISE NFR save changes

13. At this point you should be able to get to the web console.

Cisco ISE NFR default password

14. Logged in successfully.

Cisco ISE NFR logged in


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