A subscription key is a 14-character alphanumeric string; for example, PQREWD6ADWERAS. Subscription keys allow your devices to be managed by Central. To use Central for managing and monitoring your devices, you must ensure that you have a valid subscription key.
Managing Subscription Keys
The evaluation subscription key is enabled for trial users by default. It allows you to add up to 10 devices, either 10 Instant APs or 10 Switches, or a total of 10 devices. The evaluation subscription also allows you to enable services such as Presence Analytics and Guest Access on your devices.
The Central also the number of days left for subscription expiry above the product logo on the left navigation pane.> page displays the subscription expiration date. You will receive subscription expiry notifications through email on the 30th, 15th and 1 day before the subscription expiry and on day 1 after the subscription expires.
If you have purchased a subscription, upgrade your account by completing the following steps:
1. On left navigation pane, above the product logo, click the link that shows the number of days left for subscription expiry. The pop-up window opens.
2. Enter the new subscription key that you purchased from Aruba.
3. Click .
After you upgrade your account, you can add more devices and enable services, and continue using Central.
If you have a purchased a subscription key, you must ensure that your subscription key is added to Central. If you are logging in to Central for the first time, Central prompts you to add your subscription key to activate your account. Ensure that you add the subscription key before onboarding devices to Central.
The> page displays the subscription expiration date. You will receive subscription expiry notifications through email on the 90th, 60th, 30th, 15th, and 1 day before expiry and two notifications per day on the day 1 and day 2 after the subscription expiry.
When you upgrade or renew your subscription, or purchase another subscription key, you must add the key details in the> page to avail the benefits of new subscription.
To add a subscription key:
1. Go to > . The page opens.
2. Enter your subscription key.
3. Click . The subscription key is added to Central and the contents of the subscription key are displayed in the page.
4. Review the subscription details.
To view the subscription key details, complete the following steps:
1. From the app selector, click .
2. Click . The page opens.
Table 1 describes the contents of the table on the page.
|Data Pane Item||
Subscription key number.
Type of the subscription. Central supports the following types of subscriptions:
Device subscriptions—The device subscription allows you to avail services such as device onboarding, configuration, management, monitoring, and reports. The device subscriptions can be assigned only to the devices managed by Central.
Service subscriptions—Central supports application services that you can run on the devices provisioned in your setup. For example, if you have Instant APs with 18.104.22.168-22.214.171.124 or later, you can assign a service subscription for Presence Analytics.
Gateway Subscriptions—Central supports a separate set of subscriptions for configuring and managing SD-WANSoftware-Defined Wide Area Network. SD-WAN applies SDN technology to WAN connections that connect enterprise networks distributed across different locations. gateways. The Gateway subscriptions are marked as ; for example, Foundation-70XX.
Expiration date for the subscription key.
Number of license tokens available for a subscription. Each Central subscription holds a specific number of tokens. For example, when a subscription is assigned to a device, Central binds the device with a token from the existing pool of subscriptions.
Status of the subscription key. For example, if you are a trial user, Central displays the the status of subscription key as .
Supported Subscription Types
Central supports the following types of subscriptions:
Device subscription—Allows you to manage and monitor your devices from Central. The device subscriptions can be assigned only to the devices managed by Central.
Service subscription—Allows you to enable value added services on the Instant APs managed from Central. For example, if you have Instant APs with 126.96.36.199-188.8.131.52 or later, you can assign a service subscription for Presence Analytics.
Gateway subscription—Allows you to manage and monitor SD-WANSoftware-Defined Wide Area Network. SD-WAN applies SDN technology to WAN connections that connect enterprise networks distributed across different locations. Gateways from Central.
The following figure illustrates the supported subscription types and the assignment criteria:
Read through the following sections to understand the subscription assignment procedures:
You can either enable automatic assignment of subscriptions or manually assign subscriptions for the devices added in Central.
To enable automatic assignment of subscriptions, use one of the following methods:
In the Initial Setup Wizard
1. Verify that you have valid subscription key
2. Ensure that you have successfully added your devices to the device inventory.
3. In the Assign Subscription tab, turn on the toggle switch.
From the Subscription Assignment Page
1. Go to > . The page opens.
2. Under , toggle the slider to ON. All the devices in your inventory are selected for automatic assignment of subscriptions. You can edit the list by clearing the existing selection and re-selecting devices.
When a subscription assigned to a device expires or is cancelled, Central checks for the available subscription tokens in your account and assigns the longest available subscription token to the device. If your account does not have an adequate number of subscriptions, you may have to manually assign subscriptions to as many devices as possible. To view the subscription utilization details and the number of subscriptions available in your account, go to > page.
To manually assign subscriptions, turn off thetoggle.
Important Notes for MSP Users
If you want to enable automatic assignment of subscriptions to the devices mapped to your tenant accounts, note the following points:
Central assigns subscriptions only if the devices are mapped to a tenant account. If your account has devices that are not mapped to any tenant account and if these devices already have a subscription assigned, the existing assignments are preserved.
When a device is moved from a tenant account to the MSP, Central removes the subscription assigned to this device.
When the automatic subscription assignment is enabled, Central disables the device and tenant-specific overrides. MSP administrators can modify the subscription settings for a specific event only through the APIApplication Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software. Gateway interface.
When the automatic subscription assignment is enabled, all the existing tenants and newly created tenants in the MSP view inherit the subscription assignment settings. Subsequently, Central assigns device subscriptions to the tenants and their respective devices.
If you migrate from the Standard Enterprise mode to the MSP mode, Central retains your device and service subscription settings.
If the devices are no longer mapped to a tenant account, MSP administrators can unassign subscriptions these devices.
To manually assign subscriptions to devices or override the current assignment:
1. Go to > .
2. On the page, ensure that the toggle is turned off.
3. Select the devices to which you want to assign subscriptions.
4. Click .
Important Notes for MSP Users
When you turn off thetoggle:
Automatic assignment of subscription for all the existing tenants, including the MSP devices, are disabled.
All device subscriptions assigned to devices are preserved.
Devices must be assigned to tenant accounts before assigning a subscription to it. If a subscription is assigned to a device that is not mapped to any specific tenant account, Central displays the following error message: .
To assign a network service subscription, complete the following steps:
1. Go to > . The page opens.
2. Select the service subscription that you want to enable on a device.
3. Under , select the Instant AP device from the table on the right.
4. Drag and drop the device to the subscription selected in the table on the left.
Important Note for MSP Users
Ensure that the device is assigned to a tenant before assigning a service subscription to it. When a device or network service subscription is assigned to a device that is not mapped to any specific tenant, the following error is displayed:.
After adding gateways to the Central device inventory, you must ensure that the gateway devices are assigned a valid subscription. The gateway subscription allows Aruba Mobility Controllers to function as SD branch devices.
Central supports the following types of subscriptions for gateways:
Mobility Controllers irrespective of the hardware model.—This subscription can be assigned to all
Aruba 7005 Mobility Controllers. Gateway devices with the Foundation-Base capacity subscription can support up to 75 client devices per branch.—This subscription can be assigned only to
To assign gateway subscription to a device, complete the following steps:
1. Go to > Click . The page opens.
2. Under , select the device to which you want to assign a subscription.
3. Expand the drop-down in Assignment column for the selected device.
4. Select the subscription; for example, .
5. To assign subscription to multiple devices:
a. Select the devices in the table.
b. Click .
c. Select the subscription that you to assign.
When a gateway subscription assigned to a device expires, Central automatically assigns a valid subscription from the same subscription category.
Removing Subscriptions from Devices
To remove the subscriptions from the devices, complete the following actions:
1. On the > page, ensure that the toggle is turned off. The devices that have the subscriptions assigned are selected and highlighted in green.
2. Clear the check box for the device from which you want to unassign the subscription and click . The pop-up window with the message opens.
3. Click to confirm. The subscription is unassigned and the status for the device is marked as in the devices table.
To remove network service subscription from a device:
1. On the > page, under , select a subscription from the table on the left.
2. From the table on the right, select the devices from which you want to unassign the subscription.
3. Click . The subscription is unassigned from the selected devices.
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