Aruba Central Online Help

Getting Started with Aruba Central

Thank you for choosing Aruba Central as your network management solution!

Before you get started with Aruba Central, we recommend that you review the Key capabilities of Aruba Central and the list of Aruba devices supported in Aruba Central.

Key Terms and Concepts

Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the key terms and concepts used in the help topics.

Cluster Zone

Refers to an Aruba Central deployment area within a specific region. In other words, cluster zones are regional grouping of one or more container instances on which Aruba Central is deployed. Cluster zones allow your deployments to restrict customer data to a specific region and plan time zone specific maintenance windows.

Each cluster zone has separate URLsUniform Resource Locator. URL is a global address used for locating web resources on the Internet. for signing up for Aruba Central, accessing Aruba Central portal, and for allowing devices to communicate with Aruba Central.

To view the zone in Aruba Central UI, click the User Settings menu at the bottom of the left navigation pane.

Enterprise Mode

Refers to the Aruba Central solution deployment mode in which the customers provision, manage, and maintain their networks end-to-end for their respective organizations or businesses.

Managed Services Mode

Refers to the Aruba Central deployment mode in which the service providers, resellers, administrators, and retailers to centrally manage and monitor multiple tenant or end-customer accounts from a single management interface.


Refers to the license granted to a customer for using a product or service.

Evaluation Account

Refers to the Aruba Central account created for evaluating Aruba Central solution and its services.

Paid Subscriber

Refers to the customers who have purchased a subscription to obtain access to Aruba Central and its services.

Subscription Key

Refers to the license key. A subscription key is a 14-character alphanumeric string; for example, PQREWD6ADWERAS.

Customer ID

Subscriber ID

Refers to the identity number of your Aruba Central account. To view your subscriber ID, click the User Settings menu at the bottom of the left navigation pane in the Aruba Central UI.

Zero Touch Provisioning

Refers to one of the following:


Refers to the process of importing devices to Aruba Central's device inventory, activating subscriptions, and making devices available for management from Aruba Central.

Device Sync

Refers to the process of synchronizing devices from the Activate database. The device sync operation allows Aruba Central to retrieve devices from Activate and automatically add these devices to the device inventory in Aruba Central.


Refers to the process of setting up a device for deploying networks as per the configuration requirements of your organization.


Refers to the device configuration container in Aruba Central. You can combine devices with common configuration requirements into a single group and apply the same configuration to all the devices in that group.


Refers to the physical locations where devices are installed. Organizing devices per sites allows you to filter your dashboard view per site.


Refers to the tags used for logically grouping devices based on various parameters such as ownership, specific areas within a site, departments, and so on.

Workflow Summary

The following illustration summarizes the steps required for getting started with Aruba Central:

Navigate through the following topics to know more about the onboarding and provisioning procedures: