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Re: TACACS or Radius daemon on Linux

  • From: Alex P. Rudnev
  • Date: Wed Oct 20 15:19:11 1999

TACACS is more flexible (it is connection-oriented text-based protocol,
and allow to track the whole negotiation process, for example to very
'Passwd' prompt in dependence of the user's name etc. Text-nature makes
this protocol more flexible for the new features, too.

On the other hand, RADIUS is more standard and more compact.

My choose should be - to run TACACS if you have CISCO-only
equipment, and use FreeBSD
instead of linux because this is more _server-oriented_ unix.

But if you have a mixture of equipment, use RADIUS or both.

On Wed, 20 Oct 1999, Paul Froutan wrote:

> Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 13:35:29 -0500
> From: Paul Froutan <[email protected]>
> To: [email protected]
> Cc: [email protected]
> Subject: Re: TACACS or Radius daemon on Linux
> At 10:49 AM 10/19/99 , [email protected] wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >We are an ISP running several Cisco 2500s, 5200s, and 5300s as access 
> >servers.  Currently we are entering each user into each box.
> >
> >We are looking to set up a Red Hat Linux machine as either a TACACS or
> >Radius server to centrally validate all our users.
> >
> >Does anyone have any experience running a TACACS or Radius daemon
> >on Linux?  Where is a good place to find a Linux TACACS or Radius 
> >daemon?
> >
> >I heard that although TACACS is a Cisco product, Radius has more 
> >accounting and statistics capability, runs well on Linux, and will 
> >validate for Ciscos.
> I'm running TACACS+ on multiple Red Hat Linux 5.2 boxes without any problems.  The latest version on the tar you can get from Cisco allows you to select the OS before you run make.  I believe it was written for Solaris but I have found that it works fine on Linux.  You can add a few tweeks to make things easier, but it works fine.  You can also download an RPM from freshmeat, but it has very limited capabilities.  If you need further help, contact me since I don't think we need to get into this on this list.
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