ISE is SUPER heavy node !

Initial base/default image will be approx 16Gb

After you will setup it in the lab, it will take approx 22Gb extra HDD space. It will be for any new lab where you will setup ISE node. Another 22Gb. Plan your EVE HDD and be sure you have plenty of space on it.

ISE version 2.3 can raise HDD with 60+ Gb in the lab, be careful.


Versions this guide is based on:

EVE Image Name Downloaded Filename Version vCPUs vRAM
ISE- ISE- 4 8192

Other versions should also be supported following bellow's procedure.

Installation of ISE image has two parts:

First: Install ISE on ESXi or VM Workstation. Obtain installed vmdk image from VM ware ESXi or VM workstation

Second: Convert vmdk file to .qcow2 format


First phase:  Install ISE on ESXi or VM Workstation. Export and obtain vmdk image from your ISE VM.

1.1. Download ISE- image, use your cisco.com CCO account.


1.2. Using ESXi or VM workstation deploy downloaded ova to get single vmdk file.

1.3. Start it and when your newly deployed ISE VM will prompt screen below, DO NOT ENTER setup but SHUTDOWN or POWER OFF VM!

1.4. Export created VM machine 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.

 This example it is Cisco_Identity_Services_Engine-disk1.vmdk

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

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

mkdir /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/ise-

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 Cisco_Identity_Services_Engine-disk1.vmdk.vmdk

2.3. From EVE CLI go to your newly created ISE 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 Cisco_Identity_Services_Engine-disk1.vmdk hda.qcow2

 2.4. Delete VMDK raw file from EVE

rm /opt/unetlab/addons/qemu/ise-

2.5. Create new LAB in the EVE and add new ISE node, connect it to you Home Management cloud (Cloud0). Settings for ISE node are: CPU x4, RAM x8192M, 1 xEthernet.

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