Re: RadiusNT 2.2.41and Dr. Watson

Dale E. Reed Jr. ( (no email) )
Mon, 15 Dec 1997 18:29:03 -0800

Josh Hillman wrote:
> I'm using RadiusNT 2.2.41 in ODBC mode and about 45 minutes ago, RadiusNT
> crashed for no apparent reason, causing Dr. Watson to do it's thing.
> Unfortunately, the system (128 MB RAM) nearly ran out of memory/virtual
> memory creating the file, so the process had to be killed. In the meantime,
> I could not remotely get RadiusNT to start back up because of Dr. Watson!
> Someone had to go into the office, log onto the machine, kill the Dr. Watson
> process, then restart RadiusNT.

Edit your HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\DrWaston, and change
visual notification and create file dump both to 0.

> When I became aware of the initial problem, I made a users file from Emerald
> 2.1.11 and replaced the older version on our backup RadiusNT server--RadiusNT
> 2.2.41 on this machine is normally turned off because if I leave it on, our
> Maxes will periodically stop using the primary RadiusNT machine and roll over
> to the backup (running in text-mode only). If I have ODBC running on the
> backup RadiusNT server, and SQL (6.5) dies or is shut down for some reason,
> RadiusNT (on either machine) crashes with Dr. Watson and I get
> screwed--especially if I'm out of town.

I have been testing the upcoming version with dumping/restarting the SQL
server and it doesn't seem to have this behavior anymore.

> After turning on the backup RadiusNT server with the new users file, no one
> could log on--everyone was getting LAN security errors (PAP authentication
> failed). I had posted a note about a week ago regarding "Expiration" vs.
> "Ascend-PW-Expiration" in the users file and never got a response about it.
> Emerald 2.1.11 automatically enters in "Expiration" into each user's radius
> info. It appears that RadiusNT doesn't know what to do with this. If I do a
> search/replace "Expiration" with "Ascend-PW-Expiration" on all users, there
> doesn't seem to be a problem. Am I going to have to do this everytime I
> create a users file?

Just change the dictionary from "Ascend-PW-Expiration" to just
"Expiration" and you'll be fine.

> If Radius dies while I'm away next week, we're obviously going to run into
> some problems because there won't be anyone to physically go into the office
> and kill Dr. Watson, just so Radius can be restarted.

See above.

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