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    Configuring RADIUS-Based Packet Mirroring

    To configure the RADIUS-based packet mirroring environment, you must coordinate the mirroring operations of three devices in the network: the RADIUS server, the E Series router, and the analyzer device. The configuration of the RADIUS server and the analyzer device is described in this section for reference only. The actual configuration procedures depend on the policies and guidelines established by the responsible organizations.

    Configuring the RADIUS Server

    The RADIUS-Based Mirroring Attributes table in RADIUS Attributes Used for Packet Mirroring lists the VSAs that are included for both types of RADIUS-based mirroring—user-initiated (when the user logs in to start a new session), and RADIUS-initiated (when the user is already logged in).

    Disabling RADIUS-Based Mirroring

    To disable mirroring, you include the RADIUS attribute (for example, Acct-Session-ID) and set the Mirror-Action attribute to 0 in the mirrored user’s RADIUS record.

    You can also use the mirror disable CLI commands to disable RADIUS-based mirroring. You must use the version of the mirror disable command that corresponds to the RADIUS attribute that was used to identify the user. For example, if you used the RADIUS Calling-Station-ID attribute to create the mirroring session, you must use the mirror disable calling-station-id command to disable the session.

    Note: All RADIUS-based mirroring sessions that start when a user logs in are considered to use the Acct-Session-ID attribute. Therefore, you must use the mirror disable acct-session-id command to disable these sessions. For RADIUS-based sessions of a user that is already logged in, you use the mirror disable command with the same keyword you used to configure the session.

    Configuring the Analyzer Device

    The analyzer device must be configured to receive the mirrored traffic from the E Series router’s analyzer interface. The analyzer interface directs mirrored traffic to the specified analyzer device for analysis. You can configure the interface as the virtual router’s default analyzer interface. You cannot configure multiaccess interfaces, such as IP over Ethernet, as default analyzer interfaces.

    When mirroring an IP interface, the analyzer interface must reside in the same virtual router as the mirrored interface. When mirroring an L2TP interface, the analyzer interface must reside in the default virtual router.

    Note: You must configure a static route to reach the analyzer device through the analyzer interface. If the analyzer interface is an IP over Ethernet interface, you must also configure a static Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) entry to reach the analyzer device.

    You can configure any type of IP interface on the E Series router as an analyzer interface, except for special interfaces such as SRP interfaces, null interfaces, and loopback interfaces. An interface cannot be both an analyzer interface and a mirrored interface at the same time. A single analyzer interface can support multiple mirrored interfaces. The receive side of the analyzer interface is disabled. All traffic attempting to access the router through an analyzer interface is dropped. Analyzer interfaces drop all nonmirrored traffic. Policies are not supported. When you configure an analyzer interface, existing policies are disabled, and no new policies are accepted.

    Published: 2014-08-14