You would have to check hardware compatibility with the NIC and FreeBSD.
We only have 350 users, but we complicate things by running 30 VLANS on the one NIC with separate pppoe server instances for each.
We had issues with the number of network interfaces running at one time with FreeBSD 5. It seemed to max out at 254 interfaces tho no mention of that being a limit anywhere.
We currently run FreeBSD 6.2 which will run fine with more that 254 interfaces active. Occasionally the server reboots, it doesnt seem to be related to load, we havent isolated the cause, but it doesnt do any harm, the server is back within a minute. Not what you want to hear tho.
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Michelle Konzack wrote:
Hello Andrew, Am 2009-07-06 11:02:57, schrieb Andrew Bevin:We use freeradius for accounting and authenication on our Linux main server. For our pppoe customers we found FreeBSD to be the best solution. It has a builtin pppoe server that works in with its ppp software. And best of all FreeBSD's ppp service can authenicate to a radius server out of the box.How stable is the BSD PPPoE Server? I have to run it on a Sun Fire X4150 with two 10 GE interfaces and MANY users, speak, over 5000 and of course, I have to use more then one machine... Memory and CPU spead is no problem, but finding a machine with two 10 GE ports... The Sun Fire X4100M2 would be enough, but can not have Dual 10 GE and has of course only a singep PSU and not redunant Thanks, Greetings and nice Day/Evening Michelle Konzack Systemadministrator Tamay Dogan Network Debian GNU/Linux Consultant