Configuring Freeradius to keep a local copy of accounting records and send a copy to a remote server

Eugene Grosbein fr at
Tue Jul 24 07:15:53 CEST 2018

24.07.2018 9:27, Frank Godek wrote:

> I've used Radius for many, many years but have not had to worry about the
> accounting records until now.  I have a client that is going to provide
> authentication for a remote partner organization.  They will be billing them
> based on both having their clients connect and also, to some extent, on how
> much data the partner's clients use.  The remote partner needs to get
> accounting records in order for them to make payment.  At the same time, my
> client wants copies of the records so they can verify that they are getting
> paid correctly.  I setup a new FreeRadius server for this purpose so I'm
> running 3.0.17 on Ubuntu 16.04.
> In the wireless APs that are providing service, I can easily set two
> accounting servers but, as has been the case since I started using Radius,
> the secondary server is a fallback for the primary not a location where
> duplicate entries are sent.
> I have tried setting up a realm that points to the remote partner and to use
> the copy-acct-to-home-server module.  That worked great as far as sending
> the records to the remote partner but I could see that what it was doing was
> renaming the details file, transferring the contents of that file to the
> remote server, and then deleting the renamed details file. Of course, that
> left me without details on the local server.
> So, what's the best and/or easiest way for me to keep a copy locally?  Do I
> need to define a virtual server and setup a home-server-pool with the remote
> server?  I looked at that but it seemed that the home-server-pools were
> either setup for either load balancing or failover.  I don't want either.  I
> want a copy of every record to stay local AND be sent to the remote server.
> Thank you in advance for your help.  I've been reading through the docs and
> also online examples but haven't found much that was very clear on this
> setup.

Why do you want to make copies of regular files by means of FreeRADIUS itself?
Just use rsync of any other software to syncronize files.

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