How to Download and Install Cisco ACS 5.2 ISO for Free
Cisco ACS (Access Control Server) is a software solution that provides secure network access and identity management for enterprise networks. Cisco ACS supports various authentication protocols, such as RADIUS, TACACS+, LDAP, Kerberos, and Active Directory, and integrates with various network devices, such as routers, switches, firewalls, VPNs, and wireless access points.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install Cisco ACS 5.2 ISO for free on a VMware virtual machine. Cisco ACS 5.2 ISO is an image file that contains the operating system and the application software of Cisco ACS. You can use this image file to create a virtual machine that runs Cisco ACS on your computer.
Step 1: Download Cisco ACS 5.2 ISO
To download Cisco ACS 5.2 ISO for free, you need to have a valid Cisco account and a service contract that covers Cisco ACS. If you don't have these, you can create a free account on the Cisco Support website and request a trial license for Cisco ACS.
Once you have your account and license, you can go to the Cisco Software Download Center and search for "Cisco Secure Access Control System 5.2". You will see a list of available files for download. Select the file named "ACS_5.2.iso" and click on the "Download" button. You will need to accept the terms and conditions before you can start the download.
The file size is about 3 GB, so it may take some time to complete the download depending on your internet speed. Save the file to a location on your computer where you can easily access it later.
Step 2: Install VMware Workstation Player
To install Cisco ACS 5.2 ISO on a virtual machine, you need to have a virtualization software that can run ISO files. We recommend using VMware Workstation Player, which is a free software that allows you to create and run multiple virtual machines on your computer.
To download VMware Workstation Player, go to the VMware website and choose the version that matches your operating system (Windows or Linux). Click on the "Download Now" button and follow the instructions to install the software on your computer.
Step 3: Create a Virtual Machine for Cisco ACS
After installing VMware Workstation Player, you can create a virtual machine for Cisco ACS using the following steps:
Open VMware Workstation Player and click on the "Create a New Virtual Machine" button.
Select "Installer disc image file (iso)" and browse to the location where you saved the Cisco ACS 5.2 ISO file. Click on "Next".
Select "Linux" as the guest operating system and "Other Linux 3.x kernel" as the version. Click on "Next".
Enter a name for your virtual machine, such as "Cisco ACS", and choose a location where you want to store it. Click on "Next".
Specify the disk size for your virtual machine, such as 60 GB, and select "Store virtual disk as a single file". Click on "Next".
Click on "Customize Hardware" and adjust the settings according to your preferences. For example, you can increase the memory size to 4 GB and the number of processors to 2. You can also add or remove any devices that you want to use with your virtual machine.
Click on "Close" and then on "Finish" to create your virtual machine.
Step 4: Install Cisco ACS on the Virtual Machine
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