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Configuring a RADIUS server without Active Directory

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I work in a Novell network, where LDAP is coupled to work with e-directory (I don't know what version)
from what I've researched, I am not entirely certain that I NEED active directory to setup a certifiate and RADIUS server to service my soon to be establised wireless network.
my question: can I setup a Certificate (IAS) and RADIUS server without AD?
if so, would someone please provide some resources on how to accomplish this?
(your efforts are GREATLY appreciated)
Thanks Geniuses!
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First, quick question - did the question wizard pick the zones for you?   Since you want to do RADIUS in an eDirectory environment, neither Acitve Directory nor IPX apply...

Second, no, you do NOT "need" Active Directory to set up a RADIUS server.  IAS is a Microsoft Windows-based RADIUS server that leverages AD, and you don't need IAS either, for certificate services OR for RADIUS services.  To explain, we need more information from you first.  

What version of NetWare/OES/eDirectory are we talking about?  Version/SP of NOS and of eDirectory would be appreciated.  The answer to your question varies widely based on what you have to work with.

For example, there's a RADIUS server that runs on NetWare.  Also, there's an open-source RADIUS server (FreeRADIUS) that can run on OES/Linux, and can be configured to use eDirectory.  There are probably other options as well, that leverage eDirectory either directly or via LDAP, including Steel Belted RADIUS.
You definitely don't need Windows/IAS to create a self-signed certificate.  You can do that with NetWare's Certificate Services quite nicely.

Again depending on your version of NetWare/OES/eDirectory, there are various degrees of wireless support native to the environment, including an eDirectory-enabled wireless supplicant component in the current Novell Client32, if I remember right, which underscores our need to know your environment better to help you better.

Also, it would be good to know what make/model of wireless access point you're using, and what sort of wireless support you're looking for - 802.1x WPA2 is my assumption - and what wireless supplicant you plan to use - Cisco/Aegis, Funk Odyssey, native Windows WZC,  Novell Client32 wireless supplicant, or something else?

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Thanks ShineON
In response  to your questions:
1) I have not gone through the wizard yet. I wanted to do some research before attempting the setup.
2) I believe the version of Netware we are using is 6.5; e-directory (8.73)
I don't know what NOS is.
3) the APs I am going to be using is are Cisco Aironet 1100 and 1131. My goal is to set then up in some type of extended network where they all function as one WLAN.
I hope this info is helpful.
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