Environment Information : Any Mobility Controller and any Aruba OS
Symptoms : We see the Radius key from "show run" is different between 3.4 and 6.x and we see a lot of config files on the Controller.
aaa authentication-server radius "ias-sdc"
Cause : The encrypted key info in changed every time a show command and write mem is executed.
There will be a new file for any configuration conversion from older release to match the newer version.
Resolution : This is expected behaviour, please refer the Answer for explanation.
Answer : The encrypted key info in changed every time a show command and write mem is executed. There will be a new file for any configuration conversion from older release to match the newer version.
Since the configuration file has a marker of the relevant version. If the configuration file only contains X.X versioning but there were a situation when the configuration change (say due to downgrade) within X.X.X.X level, then the software wouldn't have enough details for the older configuration for proper downgrade. Hence it is the safe operation to review the configuration upon each boot up. This upgrade process is one direction, i.e. It only supports from prior version to the current version. The system MUST keep a version of the original to allow fallback operation. The operation also reviews for any configuration mismatch by whatever accident including manual restoring a different configuration and this operation is in place for configuration integrity.