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Setting up Your Aruba Central Instance

If you have purchased a license key to manage your devices and networks from Aruba Central, get started with steps described in this topic.

Figure 1 illustrates the steps required for setting up your Aruba Central instance:

Figure 1  Getting Started Workflow

Getting Started with Aruba Central

Complete the following steps to start using Aruba Central for managing your devices and setting up your networks.

Step 1: Getting Started

To get started:

  1. Sign up to create your Aruba Central account.
  2. If you already have an Aruba Central account, log in to Aruba Central with your credentials.If you already have an Aruba Central account, log in to Aruba Central with your credentials. When you log in for the first time, the Initial Setup wizard opens and guides you through the onboarding workflow.
  3. Click Get Started.
  4. Click through the wizard to complete the onboarding workflow. If you want to exit the wizard and complete the onboarding steps on your own, click Exit and go to Aruba Central.

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.

Step 2: Adding a Subscription Key

At your first login, the Initial Setup wizard prompts you add your license key.

If you are not using the wizard, complete the following steps to add your license key.

  1. On the Account Home page, under Global Settings, click Key Management.

    The Key Management page is displayed.

  2. Enter your license key.
  3. Click Add Key.

    The license key is added to Aruba Central and the contents of the license key are displayed in the Manage Keys table. Review the license details.

    If you add a Device Management token, the key is listed in the Convert Deprecated Licenses page. For more information, see Converting Legacy Tokens to New Licenses.

Step 3: Adding Devices

If you have a paid license, you can automatically import devices from the Activate database to the Aruba Central device inventory.

Figure 2  Typical Workflow for Device Sync Setup

Setting up Device Sync for Automatic Device Addition

To set up device sync, use one of the following methods:

In the Initial Setup Wizard

  1. Ensure that you have added a license key and click Next.
  2. In the Add Devices tab, 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 any one device from your purchase order.

    Most Aruba devices have the serial number and MAC address on the front or back of the hardware.

  3. Click Add Device. Aruba Central imports all other devices mapped to your purchase order.
  4. Review the devices in your inventory.
  5. Perform the following options:
    • Add Devices Manually—Manually add devices by entering the MAC address and serial number of each device.
    • Add Via Mobile App—Add devices from the Aruba Central mobile app. You can download the Aruba Central app from Apple App Store on iOS devices and Google Play Store on Android devices.
    • Contact support—Contact Aruba Technical Support.

From the Device Inventory Page

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

    The Device Inventory page is displayed.

    Aruba Central imports only devices associated with your account from Activate.

  2. Do any one of the following:
    • Click Sync Devices. Enter the serial number and MAC address and click Add Device.
    • Click Add Devices to manually add devices by entering the MAC address and serial number of each device.
    • If you are a paid subscriber, you can add devices using a CSVComma-Separated Values. A file format that stores tabular data in the plain text format separated by commas. file. Click Import Via CSV and select the CSV file. For a sample CSV file, click Download sample CSV file.
    • Manual addition of devices using a CSV file is restricted to 100 devices or to the number of available device management tokens. An error message is displayed if more than 100 devices are imported using the CSV file. You can view the status of the CSV upload in the Account Home > Audit Trail page.

  3. Review the devices in your inventory.
  4. Perform the following options:
    • Add Devices Manually—Manually add devices by entering the MAC address and serial number of each device.
    • Add Via Mobile App—Add devices from the Aruba Central mobile app. You can download the Aruba Central app from Apple App Store on iOS devices and Google Play Store on Android devices.
    • Contact support—Contact Aruba Technical Support.

Manually Adding Devices

To add devices using MAC address and serial number, use any one of the following methods:

In the Initial Setup Wizard

If you are using the Initial Setup wizard:

  1. In the Add Devices tab of the Initial Setup wizard, click Add Device.
  2. Enter the serial number or the MAC address of your device.
  3. Click Done.
  4. Review the list of devices.

From the Device Inventory Page

To add devices from the Device Inventory page:

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

    The Device Inventory page is displayed.

  2. Perform one of the following:
    • Click Add Devices to manually add devices by entering the MAC address and serial number of each device.
    • If you are a paid subscriber, you can add devices using a CSV file. Click Import Via CSV and select the CSV file. For a sample CSV file, click Download sample CSV file.

      Manual addition of devices using a CSV file is restricted to 100 devices or to the number of available device management tokens. An error message is displayed if more than 100 devices are imported using the CSV file. You can view the status of the CSV upload in the Account Home > Audit Trail page.

  3. Click Done.
  4. Review the devices added to the inventory.

    When you add the serial number and MAC address of one AP from a cluster or a switch stack member, Aruba Central imports all devices associated in the AP cluster and switch stack respectively.

For more information on adding devices, see Onboarding Devices.

Step 4: Assigning Subscriptions

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 a 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.

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

Enabling Automatic Assignment of Licenses

Use any 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 License Assignment tab, slide the Auto Assign Licenses 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 Subscriptions, toggle the Auto Assign Licenses slider to ON. All the devices in your inventory are selected for automatic assignment of licenses. You can edit the list by clearing the existing selection and re-selecting devices.
    For more information on how auto licensing works, see Automatic License Assignment Workflow.

Manually Assigning Licenses

Use any one of the following methods to manually assign the licenses:

In the Initial Setup Wizard

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

From the License 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 License.

For more information on subscriptions and how to assign network service and 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. Gateway 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 Instant APs and Switches. Aruba Central allows you to manage the 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 according to 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 any 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 could 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 Users

Add system users, assign user roles, and configure role-based access control.

For more information, see Configuring System Users.

Step 9: Monitoring Your Network and Devices

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

Step 10: Upgrading Software Images on Devices

View software images available for the devices provisioned in your account, run a compliance check for the recommended software version, and upgrade devices.

For more information and step-by-step instructions, see Managing Software Upgrades.

Step 11: Running Diagnostic Checks and Troubleshooting Issues

Run diagnostic checks and troubleshooting commands to analyze network connectivity, latency issues, and debug device issues, if any. For more information and step-by-step instructions, see Using Troubleshooting Tools.