Re: [RadiusNT] Long read

Dale E. Reed Jr. ( (no email) )
Wed, 12 May 1999 12:48:29 -0700

System Administrator wrote:
> Sorry for the length, but here goes:
> We are an ISP that is a sister company of a Long Distance, Cable,
> Advertising, and Paging companies. We all use the same billing software,
> which is a DOS-based piece of *^$&. The deal is this: right now we have
> Equinox SuperSerials, Ascend Max, Lucent Portmasters, and 3Com Total
> Controls all using their own software to authenticate back to an NT Domain.
> This is an administrative nightmare. I became aware of RadiusNT through
> another mailing list, and started doing research.
> I'm no DB expert, but I've got some background in design. Never used MS SQL
> before, but we have a copy that we can install. Emerald looks like the best
> way to go, but convincing the powers that be to ditch the old system for our
> company will be an uphill battle. Eventually, I'd like all WAN boxes to
> authenticate to one radius DB, with concurrency and accounting capabilities.
> Here's my question: what options do I have? As I said, Emerald looks like
> the best all around solution, but it's going to be tough to convince them to
> go with it. I know how to design a relational DB on paper well, and can
> design in Access. Can SQL be learned in a month? If not, what would
> someone charge to design a SQL DB to do the things I need it to?

RadiusNT can authenticate all those sources to the NT Domain, although
I don't recommend it. If you have some SQL experience, I think you'll
find MS SQL Server is fairly easy to use and setup. We give a full
DB schema for RadiusNT and MS SQL Server on our FTP site. RadiusNT has
a migration option that can allow you to slowly move your users over
from the NT SAM to SQL Server, without them even knowing it, or you
knowing their passwords.

I don't know what kind of hooks you might be able to make with the DOS
billing system and RadiusNT to automate the user management, though.


Dale E. Reed Jr. Emerald and RadiusNT__________________________________________IEA Software, Inc.