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Starting Your Free Trial

Aruba Central offers a 90-day evaluation license for customers who want to try the solution for managing their networks.

The evaluation license allows you to use the functions described in the following table:

Table 1: Evaluation features

Application Function

Network Operations

  • 10 Advanced AP Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 6100 / 25xx / low density (16 ports or less) Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 6200 / 29xx Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 6300 / 3810 Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 8xxx / 6400 / 5400 Licenses
  • 5 Advanced 90xx Gateways with security feature Licenses
  • 10 Advanced 70xx Gateways Licenses
  • 2 Advanced 72xx Gateways Licenses

ClearPass Device Insight

Discover, monitor, and automatically classify new and existing devices that connect to a network.

Complete the following steps to evaluate Aruba Central:

Step 1: Getting Started with the Initial Setup

To get started with the trial:

  1. Register for evaluating Aruba Central.
  2. Log in to Aruba Central.
    • If you signed up to evaluate only the Network Operations app, the Welcome to Aruba Central page is displayed.
      • Click Evaluate Now. The Get Started With Aruba Central page guides you through the onboarding steps.
      • Click through the steps to set up your account and start using Aruba Central. If you want to exit the wizard and complete the onboarding steps on your own, click Exit Workflow.

      The Initial Setup wizard is displayed only when you log in to Aruba Central for the first time. The wizard is not available for Aruba Central users in the MSP mode.

    • If you signed up to evaluate both Network Operations and ClearPass Device Insight, the Network Operations page is displayed.

      For more information, see ClearPass Device Insight Information Center.

Step 2: Viewing Subscription Details (Optional)

At your first login, the Initial Setup wizard displays the details of the evaluation license details. After you exit the wizard, you can view the license details on the Account HomeGlobal Settings > Key Management page.

Viewing Subscription Key Details

The following table shows the typical contents of a license key:

Table 2: License Key Details

Keys Subscription key number


Type of the license. Aruba Central supports the following types of licenses:

  • Foundation—This license provides all the features included in the Device Management subscription and some additional features that were available as value-added services for APs in the earlier licensing model.
  • Advanced—This license provides all the features of a Foundation license, with additional features related to AI insights

Expiration Date

Expiration date for the license key.


Number of licenses available.


Status of the license key. For example, if you are a trial user, Aruba Central displays the status of subscription key as Eval.

Step 3: Adding Devices

To manage devices from Aruba Central, trial users must manually add the devices to Aruba Central's device inventory.

You can add up to 60 devices. The devices can be APs, switches, or gateways. For details about how many device licenses of each type are available, see Table 1.

Use one of the following methods to add devices to Aruba Central:

Using the Initial Setup Wizard

  1. In the Add Devices tab of the Initial Setup wizard, click Add Device.
  2. Enter the serial number and MACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network. address of your devices.

    You can find the serial number and MAC address of Aruba devices on the front or back of the hardware.

  3. Click Done.
  4. Review the devices in your inventory.

Using the Device Inventory Page

  1. In the Account Home page, under Global Settings, click Device Inventory.

    The Device Inventory page is displayed.

  2. Click Add Devices.

    The Add Devices pop-up window is displayed.

  3. Enter the serial number and the MAC address of each device.

    You can find the serial number and MAC address of Aruba devices on the front or back of the hardware.

  4. Click Done.
  5. Review the devices in your inventory.
Step 4: Assigning Subscriptions

By default, an evaluation license key is assigned for users who sign up for a free trial of Aruba Central. The evaluation license key allows you to manage up to 60 devices from Aruba Central.

You can either enable automatic assignment of license or manually assign Foundation and Advanced licenses to your devices. By default, the automatic license assignment is disabled.

Enabling Automatic Assignment of Subscriptions

Use one of the following options to enable automatic assignment of licenses:

In the Initial Setup Wizard

  1. Verify that you have a valid license key.
  2. Ensure that you have successfully added your devices to the device inventory.
  3. In the Assign License tab, slide the Auto License toggle switch to the On position.

From the License Assignment Page

  1. In the Account Home page, under Global Settings, click License Assignment.
  2. Under Device Licenses, slide the Auto License toggle switch to the On position. All the devices in your inventory are selected for automatic assignment of a license. You can edit the list by clearing the existing selection and re-selecting devices.

Manually Assigning Subscriptions

Use one of the following options to manually assign subscriptions:

In the Initial Setup Wizard

  1. In the Assign License tab, ensure that the AutoLicense toggle switch is turned off.
  2. Select the devices in the list for which you want to manually assign licenses.
  3. Click Update Licenses.

From the Subscription Assignment Page

  1. In the Account Home page, under Global Settings, click License Assignment.
  2. On the License Assignment page, ensure that the Auto License toggle is turned off.
  3. Select the devices to which you want to assign licenses.
  4. Click Update Licenses.

For more information on subscriptions. see Managing License Assignments.

Step 5: Organizing Your Devices into Groups

A group in Aruba Central functions as a configuration container for devices added in Aruba Central.

Why Should You Use Groups?

Groups allow you to create a logical subset of devices and simplify the configuration and device management tasks. Groups offer the following functions and benefits:

  • Combining different types of devices under a group. For example, a group can have APs and switches. Aruba Central allows you to manage configuration of these devices in separate containers (wireless and wired management) within the same group. Any new device that is added to a group inherits the current configuration of the group.
  • Assigning multiple devices to 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 member Instant APs in their respective clusters. For example, you can apply a common security policy for the devices deployed in a specific geographical location.
  • Cloning an existing group allows you to create a base configuration for the devices and customize it as per your network requirements.

You can also use groups for filtering your monitoring dashboard content, generating reports, and managing software upgrades.

A device can be part of only one group at any given time.
Groups in Aruba Central are independent and do not follow a hierarchical model.

For more information on groups and group configuration workflows, see Groups for Device Configuration and Management.

Assigning Devices to Groups

After you successfully complete the onboarding workflow, the Initial Setup wizard prompts you to assign your devices to a group. You can click Assign Group and assign your devices to a group. You can also use one of the following methods to assign your 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 devices.
  4. Click Assign Device(s).

To assign a device to a group from the Groups page, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Network Operations app, set the filter to Global.
  2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

    By default, the Network Structure tab is displayed.

  3. Click the Groups tile.

    The Groups page is displayed.

  4. Expand a group from which you want to move devices to the selected group. For example, expand the Unprovisioned Devices group, select the devices, and then click the Move devices icon.

    The Move Devices page is displayed.

    You can assign only particular devices for which the group is created. For example, if a group is created for Access Points only, then only Access Points can be assigned to that group. You cannot assign other devices to it.

  5. Select the Destination Group from the drop-down list.
  6. Click Move.

    The selected devices are moved to the destination group. These devices will adopt the destination group configuration.

Step 6: Assigning Sites and Labels (Optional)

A site in Aruba Central refers to a physical location where a set of devices are installed; for example, campus, branch, or venue. Aruba Central allows you to use sites as a primary navigation element. For example, if your devices are deployed in a campus, you can create a site called CampusA. You can also tag the devices within CampusA using labels. If your campus consists of multiple buildings, the devices deployed in the campus can be labeled as Building1 or Lobby.

For more information on sites and labels and how to assign devices to sites and labels, see Managing Sites and Managing Labels.

Step 7: Configuring Your Network

If you have added Instant APs as part of your evaluation, you can configure an employee and guest wireless network. If you have Switches or SD-Branch or SD-WANSoftware-Defined Wide Area Network. SD-WAN is an application for applying SDN technology to WAN connections that connect enterprise networks across disparate geographical locations. Gateways, configure wired access network or SD-WANWide Area Network. WAN is a telecommunications network or computer network that extends over a large geographical distance. respectively.

For more information, see Device Configuration and Network Management.

Step 8: Monitoring Your Network and Devices

Use monitoring dashboards to view the health of the device and network.

Step 9: Canceling or Upgrading Your Subscription (Optional)

During the trial period or after you complete your trial, if you want to continue using Aruba Central for managing your devices, contact Aruba Customer Support to upgrade your license.

If you do not want to continue, contact Aruba support team to cancel your license or wait until the trial expires. When the trial period expires, your devices can no longer be managed from Aruba Central.

Upgrading to a Paid Account

If you have purchased a license for an AP, a switch, or a gateway, then upgrade your account by completing the following steps:

  1. On the Account Home page, in the Network Operation app, click the link that shows the number of days left for the evaluation to expire.

    Figure 1  Network Operations Evaluation Account

    Network Operations App

    The Add a New License window is displayed.

  2. Enter the new license key that you purchased from Aruba.
  3. Click Add License.

After you upgrade your account, you can add more devices, enable services, and continue using Aruba Central.