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Groups

What are groups?

A group in Aruba Central is a primary configuration element that functions as a container for device management, monitoring, and maintenance. Groups enable administrators to combine devices with identical configuration requirements and manage these devices efficiently by using either a UI-based configuration workflow or CLI-based configuration template.

Device groups provide the following functions and benefits:

  • Ability to provision multiple devices in a single group. For example, a group can consist of multiple Instant AP Virtual Controllers (VCs). These VCs can share common configuration settings and push the configuration updates to slave Instant APs in their respective Instant AP clusters. For example, you can apply a common security policy for the devices deployed in a specific geographical location.
  • Ability to provision different types of devices in a group. For example, a group can consist of Instant APs, Gateways, and Switches.
  • Ability to create a configuration base and add devices as necessary. When you assign a new device to a group, it inherits the configuration that is currently applied to the group.
  • Ability to create a clone of an existing group. If you want to build a new group based on an existing group, you can create a clone of the group and customize it as per your network requirements.

A device can be part of only one group at any given time.

Groups in Aruba Central are mutually exclusive (independent) and do not follow a hierarchical model.

What is a UI group?

UI groups refer to the device configuration constructs that allow you to customize and manage configuration parameters using UI workflows. For example, Instant APs in a UI group can be configured using the menu options under Organization > Groups.

What is a template group?

Template groups allow you to manage device configuration through CLI-based configuration templates. You can combine devices with the similar configuration requirements in a single template group and apply a common configuration template to these devices.

What is a default group?

The default group is a system-defined group that consists of devices running factory default configuration. When a new device with factory default configuration connects to Aruba Central, it is automatically added to the default group.

Why is my device marked as unprovisioned?

If a device has customized configuration and connects to Aruba Central, Aruba Central marks this device as Unprovisioned. If you want to preserve the device configuration, you can create a new group and assign this device to the newly created group. If you want to overwrite the configuration, you can move the unprovisioned device to an existing group.

Aruba switches joins Aruba Central only if they are running factory default configuration. Therefore, the unprovisioned state does not apply to Aruba Switches.

How does group assignment work in Aruba Central?

Aruba Central allows you to assign devices to groups before they can connect to Aruba Central. If you have pre-provisioned your new devices to groups, the devices join the pre-assigned groups after they connect to Aruba Central.

If devices are not pre-provisioned, Aruba Central assigns devices to groups based on the group assignment criteria illustrated in the following figure:

How do I to create a UI group?

To create a group, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Network Operations app, filter All Devices.
  2. Under Maintain, click Organization.
  3. By default, the Groups page is displayed.
  4. Click (+) New Group. The Create New Group pop-up window opens.
  5. Enter a name for the group.
  6. By default, Aruba Central enables template-based configuration method for switches and UI-workflow-based configuration method for Instant AP and Gateway.

  7. To enable UI-based configuration method on all device categories:
    1. For Instant APs and Gateways, ensure that the IAP and Gateway checkbox is cleared.
    2. For switches, clear the Switch checkbox.
  8. Assign a password. This password enables administrative access to the device interface.
  9. Click Add Group.

How do I create a template group?

To create a template group, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Network Operations app, set the filter to Global.
    The dashboard context for selected filter is displayed.
  2. Under Maintain, click Organization.
  3. By default, the Groups page is displayed.
  4. Click (+) New Group.
  5. The Create New Group window is displayed.
  6. Enter the name of the group.
  7. Select one of the following device types for which you want to create a template group:
    • IAP and Gateway
    • Switch
  8. Enter the password and confirm the password.
  9. Click Save.

If the group is set as a template group, a configuration template is required for managing device configuration.

How do I assign a device to a group?

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, set the filter to Global. The dashboard context for the selected filter is displayed.
  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.

How do I import configuration from a device to a new group?

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

  1. In the Network Operations app, set the filter to Global.
  2. Under Maintain, click Organization. By default, the Groups page is displayed.
  3. Select the device from which you want to import the configuration.
  4. Click Import Configuration to New Group. The Import Configuration pop-up window opens.
  5. Enter a name for the group.
  6. Configure a password for the group.
  7. Click Import Configuration.

How do I clone 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 UI group from the groups table, and then click the Clone Selected Group link.
  4. Enter a name for the cloned group.
  5. Click Add Group.

Aruba Central supports only UI group cloning.

How do I move devices between groups?

To move a device from one group to another group:

  1. In the Network Operations app, set the filter to Global.
  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 IAP(s) to the new group.
    • Switch stack—Moving a commander stack also moves the member switches to the new group.
    • Standalone IAP—Moving a standalone IAP 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 group to which you want to assign the device.
  5. Click Yes when the system prompts you to confirm device movement.

 

The MSP does not support moving devices across different groups.

How do I provision devices in groups?

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

Provisioning Devices Using UI-based Workflows

Provisioning Devices Using Configuration Templates

How do I delete a group?

To delete a group, select the group to delete and click the delete icon.