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Radius-server Host Configuration C3825


I'm changing radius configurations in a Cisco 3825 router.

The current configuration reads

radius-server host X.X.X.X key 7 [LONG STRING WITH ENCRYPTED KEY]


I'm changing both the host and the key (this ties to a PhoneFactor two-factor authentication agent, but that's not relevant here).


Based on the documentation here, the command should look something like:

Router(config)#radius-server host x.x.x.x

Router(config)# radius-server key {0 string | 7 string | string}


I'm issuing

radius-server host x.x.x.x key 7 PASSWORD-STRING


and I get an error message for %Invalid encrypted key: PASSWORD-STRING

Am I supposed to enter an already encrypted key? And if so, how am I encrypting so the router can decrypt it and pass it to the Radius server on the other end.

Otherwise, what am I doing wrong?

thank you



You're correct. If you use

You're correct. If you use "radius-server host x.x.x.x key 7 PASSWORD-STRING" the router will expect an already-encrypted string to follow.

If your router has "service password-encryption" in its configuration, it will automatically generate the encrypted configuration line when you enter it in an unencrypted format. Just enter the unencrypted password string using the following command format:

radius-server host x.x.x.x key 0 PASSWORD-STRING

When you check the configuration afterwards, you'll see that the version in the running configuration is encrypted.

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Ok. Thanks for the answer

Ok. Thanks for the answer.

service password-encryption is enabled so the Radius shared secret now shows encrypted. Apparently radius-server command will be deprecated and replaced with radius server.

True... but the new format

True... but the new format isn't much different.

radius server RADIUS_AD
 address ipv4 x.x.x.x auth-port 1812 acct-port 1813
 key 0 radius-key

The same rule applies for the 0 (unencrypted) and 7 (encrypted) options on the key statement.

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