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ACS v4.0 - Appliance vs. Server

With the appliance coming into line with the server version of the ACS, what are the advantages of one over the other? I know the advantage to the engine is security hardened device. This doesn't matter to me. I want to know the advantages you have found and or the bugs you've found in one or the other.

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Re: ACS v4.0 - Appliance vs. Server

I would go with the Software not the appliance. Since the appliance is hardened there have been reports of things you can't do (RSA Plug-ins, domain membership, yadda yadda).

I also like the software better because it is just easier to work with and upgrade than the appliance.

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Re: ACS v4.0 - Appliance vs. Server

I would 2nd that... and I used to work in ACS dev.

Appliances are great for simple things. ACS is primarily application software with a complicated set of interfaces that were not designed with appliancing in mind.

When (if?) Cisco ever get around to re-architecting ACS then it may be different story.

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