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Using RADIUS Dynamic Requests for Subscriber Access Management

 

RADIUS dynamic requests provide an efficient way to centrally manage subscriber sessions. The AAA Service Framework’s RADIUS dynamic request support allows RADIUS servers to initiate user-related operations, such as a termination operation, by sending unsolicited request messages to the router. Without the RADIUS dynamic request feature, the only way to disconnect a RADIUS user is from the router, which can be cumbersome and time-consuming in large networks.

In a typical client-server RADIUS environment, the router functions as the client and initiates requests sent to the remote RADIUS server. However, when using RADIUS dynamic requests, the roles are reversed. For example, during a disconnect operation, the remote RADIUS server performs as the client and initiates the request (the disconnect action) — the router functions as the server in the relationship.

You create an access profile to configure the router to support RADIUS dynamic requests. This configuration enables the router to receive and act on the following types of messages from remote RADIUS servers:

  • Access-Accept messages—Dynamically activate services based on attributes in RADIUS Access-Accept messages received when a subscriber logs in.

  • Change-of-Authorization (CoA) messages—Dynamically modify active sessions based on attributes in CoA messages. CoA messages can include service creation requests, deletion requests, RADIUS attributes, and Juniper Networks VSAs.

  • Disconnect messages—Immediately terminate specific subscriber sessions.

By default, the router monitors UDP port 3799 for CoA requests from RADIUS servers. You can also configure a nondefault port for RADIUS servers. You must either use the default port for all RADIUS servers or configure the same nondefault port for all RADIUS servers. This rule applies at both the global access and access profile levels.

Note

Any other configuration results in a commit check failure. Multiple port numbers—that is, different port numbers for different servers—are not supported.

Benefits of Radius Dynamic Requests

Enables simplified central management of subscriber sessions by sending unsolicited changes to subscriber sessions, including changes in attributes, service activation, service deactivation, and session termination.