In many environments, a single RADIUS server is used for authentication and accounting. Whenever this server is down for approximately
24 hours, the accounting records of users already on the router are lost after authentication, authorization, and accounting
(AAA) does all the retransmissions. Before the introduction of this feature, the retransmissions could be configured for a
maximum of 100 retries and the timeout could be configured for 1,000 seconds. Although these configurations keep the accounting
records on the router for 24 hours, a timeout of 1,000 seconds is unreasonable, causing problems when the RADIUS server cannot
be reached due to network congestion.
The RADIUS: Separate Retransmit Counter for Accounting feature allows users to configure an exponential backoff retransmit.
That is, after the normally configured retransmission retries have been used, the router will keep on trying with an interval
that doubles on each retransmission failure until a configured maximum interval is reached. This functionality allows users
to retransmit accounting requests for many hours without overloading the RADIUS server when it does come back up.
This feature can be configured globally (via the radius-server backoff exponential command), per server (via the radius-server host command), or per group (via the backoff exponential command).