Chapter 11. Bootstrapping Network Access Devices

I don’t know about you, but when I go to put on my boots, I have to grab the bootstraps in order to pull the boots onto my feet. I can’t wear them, or even begin to lace them up, without first pulling them on. So, “bootstrapping” is a critical step for me to be successful in wearing my chosen boots. This is where the metaphor “bootstrapping” came from. In the present context, it refers to configuring a device to work with Cisco ISE and the Secure Unified Access System. Before end users attempt to connect their devices to the network and have them be authenticated, the network access device (NAD) must be configured to authenticate those devices.

Two NAD types that are examined in this chapter, Cisco ...

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