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I would like your advice on an AAA server application for authenticating and monitoring traffic.

I manage a small network and I just finished installing a Cisco PIX 506e. I'm planning to connect three sales reps via VPN. I would like your advice on an AAA server application for authenticating and monitoring traffic.
Your PIX 506e security appliance can be used with any AAA server that supports either standard RADIUS or Cisco TACAS+ protocols. Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS) is the most obvious choice for pairing with a PIX appliance, and may offer the most functionality. However, ACS would be a pretty expensive way to authenticate and monitor the activity of three users. If you're interested in a shareware RADIUS server, try FreeRADIUS (open source beta) or WinRADIUS (free for up to 5 users). Or if you happen to have a Windows Server handy, you may already have a license to use Microsoft's Internet Authentication Service (IAS) RADIUS server.
This was first published in July 2004

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