FreeRADIUS and Oracle (and YPDNR)
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 09:31:15 -0400
I was curious to know if anybody has any experience using Oracle as a backend for FreeRADIUS. We're looking at setting up FreeRADIUS and the administrators would like to use Oracle RAC for the backend. I'm in the "You Probably Don't Need RAC" camp. I would prefer that the radius boxes (there would be several) would point to separate Oracle databases on separate boxes (all of which would contain snapshots of the authentication data). I am told that the radius servers need to reference a single source of accounting information (an accounting table) so that they can verify whether or not a user is already logged in - hence the need for RAC. I skimmed through the FreeRADIUS documentation and I see that they allow for load balancing between database servers. Therefore I am trying to understand if and single accounting table is really needed, or if there is another solution. I'm even considering a view that might tie the separate accounting tables in the different databases together, although this could pose a problem if one of the databases is down. I just thought I'd check to see if anybody has experience with this product.
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