Cisco ACS

Versions this guide is based on:

EVE Image Name Downloaded Filename Version vCPUs vRAM Console
ACS_v5.8.1.4 ACS_v5.8.1.4.iso 2 4096 vnc/https

ACS is heavy node !

Initial base/default image will be approx 4Gb

After you will setup it in the lab, it will take approx 5Gb extra HDD space. It will be for any new lab where you will setup ACS node. Another 5Gb. Plan your EVE HDD and be sure you have plenty of space on it.


Installation of ACS image has two parts:

First: Create vmdk image on VM ware ESXi or VM workstation

Second: Convert vmdk file to .qcow2 format

First phase: Create VM Ware ACS VM and obtain vmdk image.

1.1. Download ACS ISO image, use your CCO account.

1.2. Using ESXi or VM workstation create VM machine, following VM setup steps given in the link below.

1.3. When your newly created ACS VM will prompt screen below, DO NOT ENTER setup but SHUTDOWN or POWER OFF VM!

1.4. Export created VM machine to to your PC to obtain .vmdk file. Save it on your Local PC. Use export VM as OVF format, it will export VM with vmdk file.

Second phase: Convert vmdk file to qcow2 format and load it in EVE.

2.1. Connect to your EVE via SSH and Create ACS image folder in the EVE.

mkdir /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/acs-

2.2. Using WinSCP or FileZilla via SCP or SSH connect to your EVE and upload exported vmdk (step 1.4)  file to this directory. In this example it is ACS-disk1.vmdk

2.3. From EVE CLI go to your newly created ACS folder and convert uploaded vmdk file to qcow2 format. Remember that in convert command (red) must be your vmdk filename!

/opt/qemu/bin/qemu-img convert -f vmdk -O qcow2 ACS-disk1.vmdk hda.qcow2

2.4. Delete VMDK raw file from EVE

rm /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/acs-

2.5. Create new LAB in the EVE and add new ACS node, connect it to you Home Management cloud (Cloud0). Settings for ACS node are: CPU x2, RAM x4096M, 1 xEthernet.

2.6. Start ACS node and when setup (picture in phase 1) prompt appears, type setup and configure ACS for your network needs.

NOTE; Default web access is ACSAdmin/default, after it will prompt to change WEB UI password.

2.7. Obtain from cisco com ACS demo EVAL licence and install it on ACS from WEB UI when it prompts.