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Configuring RADIUS on NSS300 Series Smart Storage

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Thu, 07/07/2016 - 03:52
Apr 26th, 2016
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Remote Authorization Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) is a security service used in networks with centralized security architecture, i.e. networks where security processing, access controlling, and accounting is done by central server(s) called RADIUS server(s).

This document guides in setting various parameters, which configures the built-in RADIUS server on the Cisco NSS300 Series Smart Storage.

Note: The built-in RADIUS server service uses UDP and ports 1645 and 1812 for RADIUS authentication and ports 1646 and 1813 for RADIUS accounting.

Applicable Devices

  • NSS300 Series

Configuring RADIUS

Enabling RADIUS service

Step 1. At the NSS GUI Management Tool, choose Application Servers > RADIUS Server.

Step 2. At the Server Settings tab, check the Enable RADIUS Server checkbox to enable the RADIUS server on the NAS. Step 3. To enable user dial-in access for existing users to the RADIUS server, check the Grant dial-in access to system user accounts checkbox. Step 4. Click Apply to enable the RADIUS service.

Adding RADIUS Clients

Step 1. Go to the RADIUS Clients tab. Step 2. Click Create a New Client. A new configuration windows pops up to configure a new client.

  • Name – indicates the name of the client.
  • IP Address – the specific IP address of client.
  • Prefix Length – the length of the network mask that needs to be applied to client IP Address.
  • Secret Key – the secret key shared by the RADIUS server and the specific client that is being configured which is used to encrypt the communication between them.

Step 3. Click Apply to apply the configured settings.

Enable/Disable a Client

To enable/disable an existing client, click enable/Disable under the Action field of the RADIUS Clients tab. A client is automatically enabled when it is first added. Enable and disable are represented by play and pause buttons respectively.

Editing a Client

Click Edit under the Action field of the Client. A configuration window pops up where changes to the various client parameters can be made.

Deleting Client(s)

Step 1. Check the box(es) next to the name of the client(s) to be deleted. Step 2. Click Delete.

Adding RADIUS Users

Step 1. Go to the RADIUS Users tab. Step 2. Click Create a New User. A configuration window pops up to configure the new user.

  • Name – the name of the client.
  • Password – the user password which authorizes the user on the RADIUS application when the user tries to access network resources.

Step 3. Click Apply to activate the user.

Enable/Disable a User

To enable/disable an existing user, click Enable/Disable under the Action field of the window. A user is automatically enabled when it is first added. Enable and disable are represented by play and pause buttons respectively.

Editing a User

Click Edit under the Action field of the user. A configuration window pops up where changes to various parameters can be made.

Deleting User(s)

Step 1. Check the box next to the name of the user(s) to be deleted. Step 2. Click Delete.

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