Managing Groups

The Groups page allows you to create, edit, or delete a group, view the list of groups provisioned in Aruba Central, and assign devices to groups.

This section describes the following topics:

Managing Groups

Assigning Devices to Groups

Creating a New Group by Importing Configuration from a Device

Viewing Groups and Associated Devices

Cloning a Group

Moving Devices between Groups

Configuring Device Groups

Deleting a Group

Creating a Group

Aruba Central allows you to manage configuration for different types of devices, such as Aruba Instant APs, Gateways, and switches in your inventory. These devices can be configured using either UI workflows or configuration templates. You can define your preferred configuration method when creating a group.

Aruba Central allows you to create a single group with different configuration methods defined for each device type. For example, you can create a group with the name Group1 and within this group, you can enable template-based configuration method for switches and UI-based configuration method for Instant APs and Gateways. Aruba Central identifies both these groups under a single name ( Group1). If a device type in the group is marked for template-based configuration method, the group name is prefixed with TG, (TG Group1. You can use Group1 as the group ID for workflows such as user management, monitoring, reports, and audit trail.

After you assign devices to group and when you access configuration containers, Aruba Central automatically displays relevant configuration options based on the configuration method you defined for the device group.

To create a group:

1. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.

2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

By default, the Groups page is displayed.

3. Click (+) New Group. The Create New Group pop-up window opens.

4. Enter a name for the group. The group name can be a maximum of 32 single byte ASCIIAmerican Standard Code for Information Interchange. An ASCII code is a numerical representation of a character or an action. characters if you use the UI to create the names. However, if you are using an NB APIApplication Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software., the character limit increases to 128. A group name supports all special characters excluding the “>” character. System-defined group names such as “default”, “unprovisioned”, and “global” are not allowed in group names.

 

By default, Aruba Central enables template-based configuration method for switches and UI-workflow-based configuration method for Instant AP and Gateway.

5. To enable template-based configuration method for all device categories:

For Instant APs or Gateways, select the IAP and Gateway check box.

For Switches, ensure that Switch check box is selected. The Switch check box is enabled by default.

6. To enable UI-based configuration method on all device categories:

a. For Instant APs and Gateways, ensure that the IAP and Gateway checkbox is cleared.

b. For switches, clear the Switch checkbox.

7. Assign a password. This password enables administrative access to the device interface.

8. Click Add Group.

 

You can also create a group that uses different provisioning methods for switch, and IAP and Gateway device categories. For example, you can create a group with template-based provisioning method for switches and UI-based provisioning method for Instant APs and Gateways.

Assigning Devices to Groups

To assign a device to a group, in the Account Home page, under Global Settings, click Device Inventory:

1. Select the device that you want to assign to a group.

2. Click Assign Group. The Assign Group pop-up window opens.

3. Select the group to which you want to assign.

4. Click Assign Device(s).

To assign a device to a group from the Groups page:

1. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.

2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

By default, the Groups page is displayed.

3. From the devices table on the right, select the device that you want to assign to a new group.

4. Drag and drop the device to the group to which you want to assign the device.

Viewing Groups and Associated Devices

To view the groups dashboard, complete the following steps:

1. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.

2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

By default, the Groups page is displayed. The groups table on the left side of the page displays the following information:

Group Name—Name of the group.

Devices—Number of devices assigned to a group.

All Connected Devices—Total number of devices provisioned in Aruba Central. The devices table on right side of the page shows all the devices provisioned in Aruba Central.

Unassigned Devices—Total number of devices that are yet to be assigned. The devices table on the right shows the devices are not assigned any group.

 

The devices table is not available for MSP users as the devices are primarily assigned to tenant accounts. However, MSP administrators can drill down to a tenant account and view devices mapped to a group.

3. To view the devices assigned to a group, select the group from the table on the left. The devices table displays the following information:

Name—Name of the device.

Location—Physical location of the device.

Type—Type of the device such as Instant AP or Switch.

Serial—Serial number of the device.

MAC AddressMACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network. address of the device.

Creating a New Group by Importing Configuration from a Device

To import configuration from an existing device to a new group, complete the following steps:

4. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.

5. Under Maintain, click Organization.

By default, the Groups page is displayed.

6. Select the device from which you want to import the configuration.

7. Click Import Configuration to New Group. The Import Configuration pop-up window opens.

8. Enter a name for the group.

9. Configure a password for the group.

10. Click Import Configuration.

Cloning a Group

To clone a group, complete the following steps:

1. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.

2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

By default, the Groups page is displayed.

3. To create a clone of an existing group, select the group from the groups table and click Clone Selected Group.

4. Enter a name for the cloned group.

5. Click Add Group.

When you clone a group, Aruba Central also copies the configuration templates applied to the devices in the group.

Moving Devices between Groups

To move a device from one group to another group:

1. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.

2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

By default, the Groups page is displayed.

3. From the devices table on the right, select from the following device options that you want to move:

Virtual Controller—Moving a Commander VC also moves the member IAPs to the new group.

Switch stack—Moving a commander stack also moves the member switches to the new group.

Standalone IAP—Moving a standalone AP moves only that particular IAP to the new group.

Standalone switch—Moving a standalone switch moves only that particular switch to the new group.

Gateways (MC)—Moving a standalone MC moves only that particular MC to the new group.

4. Drag and drop the device to the group to which you want to assign the device.

5. Click Yes when the system prompts you to confirm device movement.

 

MSP mode does not support moving devices across different groups.

Configuring Device Groups

For information on provisioning devices in groups, see the following topics:

Provisioning Devices Using UI-based Workflows

Provisioning Devices Using Configuration Templates

Configuring Groups in MSP Mode

For information on using groups in the MSP mode, see Groups in the MSP Mode.

For instructions on how to assign devices to MSP tenants, see Assigning Devices to Tenant Accounts.

Deleting a Group

 

When you delete a group, Aruba Central removes all configuration, templates, and variable definitions associated with the group. Before deleting a group, ensure that there are no devices attached to the group.

To delete a group:

1. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.

2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

By default, the Groups page is displayed.

3. From the list of groups, select the group that you want to delete.

4. Click the delete icon.

5. Confirm deletion.

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