Re: RadiusNT v2.2 dies after a day or so

Dale E. Reed Jr. ( (no email) )
Tue, 26 May 1998 21:16:14 -0700

Jeff Woods wrote:
> FWIW, folks, I've never tried to run RadiusNT as a service -- I've always
> preferred the -x15 display mode, as it is IMO (sorry, Dale) far more stable
> and in any case, far easier to debug problems. My current installation of
> 2.2.59 has been up and running for five months without a problem, in -x15
> mode, and would have been up longer (I so believe) had we not relocated and
> thus we were forced to power down the system for the move.
> Perhaps the service mode is stable, but there's something to be said for
> being able to watch the authentications pass by on screen. A user calls
> and says "I can't get online", and you can ask them to try while you watch
> the screen, and you can watch the rejection happen in real time, so you can
> determine right then and there what the user's difficulty is -- bad
> password, expired account, etc. Its VERY useful to have that -x15 display
> on-screen (also useful for those times when it DOES have to reboot -- you
> can watch it load the Radius attributes and make its ODBC connection -- you
> know it started up properly!).

RadiusNT 2.5 has the ability to log any -x debug level to a file, while its
running as a service. I've used the tail with -f over a network to watch the
logfile, as if I were at the console. We are working on a monitor app for the
V3 release that does this over the network w/out creating the logfile.

Also, in ODBC mode, there is the RadLogs table that is fairly handy for
seeing a list of the problems that have come through (like bad password,
expired account etc). Emerald 2.5 will display/search the logs and it
should aid in support to resolve the whining users problems.

I'd highly recommend anyone who is having problems with RadiusNT 2.2 to
upgrade to RadiusNT 2.5. Heck, I'd recommend everyone upgrade to
RadiusNT 2.5, because you just don't know what you are missing until
you do. :)

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