How to install Radius Manager 4 in CentOS 7 [with Video]

A little Introduction…

Again I’m am writing about radius manager after a long time. But this time something more updated that is installation of Radius Manager in CentOS 7 which is currently the latest Cent OS version available. Here I will do the installation in a 64 bit version of CentOS 7 downloaded recently from CentOS Official website.

As we all know Radius Manager is a product of DMA Softlabs. Their support team told me that CentOS 7 is not compatible and told me to install 32 bit version of CentOS 6. But I thought of installing the latest OS ofr more updated and secured feature sets.

Initially I faced a lot of problem while trying to install Radius Manager 4 in CentOS 7. But eventually after lot of research and discussions with Mr. Syed Jahanzaib helped me to come up with a solution and install Radius Manager 4 in CentOS 7 perfectly.

However, If you want to install it in Ubuntu Server follow this.

Initial Prerequisites:

  • CentOS 7 (64 bit preferred)  – Downloadable from CentOS Official website – CentOS-7.0-1406-x86_64-DVD.iso
  • Radius Manager 4.1.6 – Downloadable from customer portal of DMA Softlab.
  • Radius Manager License Files – lic.txt and mod.txt – Downloadable from customer portal of DMA Softlab after purchase or trial.

Note: If you need to change MAC for CentOS 7 please refer to my tutorial here.

Update: Some users are facing yum repo issues after installing epel. To solve that:

1. nano /etc/yum.repos.d/epel.repo

2. Replace https with http.

3. Save and exit.

4. yum repolist. Verify installation is successful.

4. Issue yum update

 Steps to install Radius Manager 4 in CentOS 7

  1. After you clean install CentOS 7 with proper NIC MAC Address configured, install nano for editing the configuration files.
    yum install update
    yum install nano
  2. Disable SELinux by editing the following and changing SELINUX=disabled

    nano /etc/sysconfig/selinux
  3. Stop and disable CentOS 7 firewall. If you want to use firewall then you need proper configuration for allowing radius requests and reply messages.
    systemctl status firewalld
    systemctl stop firewalld
    systemctl disable firewalld
  4. Install EPEL Repo.
    rpm -ivh
  5. Install all other dependencies.
    yum install mc wget crontabs make gcc libtool-ltdl curl mysql-devel net-snmp net-snmp-utils php php-mysql php-gd php-snmp php-process ntp sendmail sendmail-cf alpine mutt mariadb-server mariadb php-mcrypt cronie wget phpmyadmin net-tools psmisc
  6. Install libraries.
    yum install glibc.i686
  7. Start and configure MariaDB (replacement from MySQL) services.
    systemctl start mariadb.service
     systemctl enable mariadb.service
  8. Start httpd.
    systemctl start httpd.service
     systemctl enable httpd.service
  9. Allow phpmyadmin access.
    nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/phpMyAdmin.conf

    Comment out the <Directory “/usr/share/phpmyadmin”> stanza using ‘#’
    Then add:
    <Directory /usr/share/phpMyAdmin/>
    Options none
    AllowOverride Limit
    Require all granted
    Save and exit

  10. Change authentication of phpmyadmin.
    nano /etc/phpMyAdmin/

    change the authentication in phpMyAdmin from cookie to http – $cfg[‘Servers’][$i][‘auth_type’]     = ‘http’;

  11. Check php version.
    php -v
  12. Download ioncube loaders.
  13. Extract the ioncube package.
    tar -xvzf ioncube_loaders_lin_x86-64.tar.gz
  14. Move in to the ioncube directory and copy the loader based on your php version to the required php modules folder and assign a permission of 777 to the ioncube file.
    cd ioncube
    mv  /usr/lib64/php/modules/
    chmod 777 /usr/lib64/php/modules/
  15. Find the location of your php.ini file.
    php -i | grep "Loaded Configuration File"
  16. Edit and add ioncube loader location in the PHP configuration file.
    nano /etc/php.ini
     Add after [PHP]:
     zend_extension = /usr/lib64/php/modules/
  17. Restart httpd service.
    service httpd restart
  18. Check and verify ioncube installation.
    php -v
  19. Download & install Free Radius.
    tar -xvzf freeradius-server-2.2.0-dma-patch-2.tar.gz
    cd freeradius-server-2.2.0
    make install
  20. Verify freeradius installation by issuing:
    radiusd -X

    It may fail first time. Issue again, then you will get a message Ready to process.

  21. In case you need to kill the above process find the process id and then issue kill command specifying the process id.
    ps ax | grep radius --> Note the pid
    kill [pid]
  22. Move into MariaDB and create the required DB, users etc.
    mysql -u root -pCREATE DATABASE radius;
    CREATE DATABASE conntrack;
    CREATE USER 'radius'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'radius123';
    CREATE USER 'conntrack'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'conn123';
    GRANT ALL ON radius.* TO radius@localhost;
    GRANT ALL ON conntrack.* TO conntrack@localhost;
  23. Download and install radius manager 4.1.6 & proceed to install license files. Change the file locations.
    tar -xvf radiusmanager-4.1.6.tar
    cd radiusmanager-4.1.6
    chmod 755
    cd /var/www/html/radiusmanager
  24. Open your browser and go to:
  25. Voila!! Installation is successful and you can now login.
  26. In case you get blank page, here are the possibilities:
    (a) Php memory limit.
    (b) Invalid license files.
    (c) Permission error for ioncube loaders.
    (d) Incompatible ioncube loaders.
  27. Apache error log is located @ /etc/httpd/logs/error_log
    Apache access log is located @ /etc/httpd/logs/access_log
    Check those files for probable errors.



Video tutorial for installing Radius Manager 4 in CentOS 7

Cheers & enjoy configuring radius manager!

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