Aruba Central Online Help

Managing Software Upgrades

The Firmware page provides an overview of the latest firmware version supported on the device, details of the device, and the option to upgrade the device.

Changing AOS-Switches firmware from latest version to earlier major versions is not recommended if the switches are managed in UI groups. For features that are not supported or not managed in Aruba Central on earlier AOS-Switch versions, changing firmware to earlier major versions might result in loss of configuration.

Viewing Firmware Details

To view the firmware details for devices provisioned in Aruba Central, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Network Operations app, select one of the following options:
    • To select a group in the filter, set the filter to one of the options under Group. For all devices, set the filter to Global. The dashboard context for the selected filter is displayed.
    • To select a device in the filter:
      1. Set the filter to Global.
      2. Under Manage, click Devices, and then click Access Points, Switches, or Gateways. A list of devices is displayed.
      3. Click a device listed under Device Name. The dashboard context for the device is displayed.
  2. Under Maintain, click Firmware. The Firmware dashboard displays the following information:

    The following image displays the Firmware dashboard at the global level:

    Figure 1  Firmware Dashboard at Global Level

Firmware Maintenance Window

The following are the data pane items and description:

  1. Access Points—Displays the following information:
    • Name—Name of the AP. Clicking on the device name opens a window with connected APs and allows you to select and view the device Summary page. For more information, see Clients > Wireless Client > Overview
    • Site—Displays the site information only on global context.
    • Firmware Version—The current firmware version running on the device.
    • Latest Firmware Version—The latest firmware version available on the public firmware server.
    • Recommended Version—The version to which the device is recommended for the upgrade.
    • Upgrade Status—Filters the device list based on any of the following firmware upgrade status:
      • New firmware available
      • Scheduled
      • In progress
      • Failed
      • Firmware up to date
    • Compliance Status—Status of the firmware compliance setting. The value displayed in this column is either Set, Not Set, and Compliance scheduled on. The Compliance scheduled on displays the date and time that is set in the Firmware Compliance Setting page.

      Clicking on the device name from the Name columns, opens a window with connected APs and allows you to select and view the device Summary page. For more information, see Clients > Wireless Client > Overview. Click any site name from the Site column to view the site associated APs with their firmware details page.

  2. Switches—Displays the following details about Aruba switches managed through Aruba Central:
    • Name—Host name of the switch.
    • Family—Displays the following types of switches:
      • AOS-S
      • CX

      This information is only available for Aruba switch and Aruba CX switches.

    • Site—Displays the site information only on global context.
    • MAC AddressMACMedia Access Control. A MAC address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network. address of the switch.
    • Model—Hardware model of the switch.
    • Firmware Version—The current firmware version running on the switch.
    • Recommended Version—The version to which the device is recommended for the upgrade.
    • Upgrade Status—Filters the device list based on any of the following firmware upgrade status:
      • New firmware available
      • Scheduled
      • In progress
      • Failed
      • Firmware up to date
    • Compliance Status—Status of the firmware compliance setting. The value displayed in this column is either Set, Not Set, and Compliance scheduled on. The Compliance scheduled on displays the date and time that is set in the Firmware Compliance Setting page.
      • The Switch-MAS tab is only available for accounts with MAS-switches.
      • The Switches tab displays details of both Aruba Switch and Aruba CX switches.
  3. Gateways—Displays the following details about the 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 managed through Aruba Central in Standalone mode:
    • Name—Host name of the SD-WANWide Area Network. WAN is a telecommunications network or computer network that extends over a large geographical distance. Gateway.
    • Site—Displays the site information only on global context.
    • MAC Address—MAC address of the SD-WAN Gateway.
    • Model—Hardware model of the SD-WAN Gateway.
    • Firmware Version—The current firmware version running on the SD-WAN Gateway.
    • Recommended Version—The version to which the device is recommended for the upgrade.
    • Upgrade Status—Filters the device list based on any of the following firmware upgrade status:
      • New firmware available
      • Scheduled
      • In progress
      • Failed
      • Firmware up to date
    • Compliance Status—Status of the firmware compliance setting. The value displayed in this column is either Set, Not Set, and Compliance scheduled on. The Compliance scheduled on displays the date and time that is set in the Firmware Compliance Setting page.
  4. Set Compliance—Allows you to set firmware compliance for devices within a group. Click Set Compliance and turn on the toggle switch to enable and view the list of supported firmware versions for each device in a group in the Manage Firmware Compliance page.
    1. Set Compliance for Access Points—To ensure firmware version compliance, complete the following parameters in the Manage Firmware Compliance page:

      • Groups—Select a specific group or multiple groups for which the compliance must be set. Select All Groups if you want to set compliance for all the groups.
      • Firmware Version—Select the firmware version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set.
      • When—Select one of the following radio buttons to specify if the compliance must be carried out immediately or at a later date and time.
        • Now—To set the compliance to be carried out immediately.
        • Later Date—To set at the later date and time.
      • Click Save and Upgrade button to save the firmware compliance with the above settings. To clear the compliance, turn off the toggle switch.
    2. Set Compliance for Switches—To ensure firmware version compliance, complete the following parameters in the Manage Firmware Compliance page:

      • Groups—Select the group for which the compliance must be set. Select the specific group to set compliance at group level.
      • AOS-S Firmware Version—Select the AOS-S firmware version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set.
      • CX Firmware Version—Select the Aruba CX switch version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set.
      • Auto Reboot—Select this check box to reboot Aruba Central automatically after the build is downloaded on the device. On reboot, the new build is installed on the device.
      • When—Select one of the following radio buttons to specify if the compliance must be carried out immediately or at a later date and time:
        • Now—To set the compliance to be carried out immediately.
        • Later Date—To set at the later date and time.
      • Click Save and Upgrade button to save the firmware compliance with the above settings. To clear the compliance, turn off the toggle switch.

      Aruba Central lists all available Aruba CX switches software versions. Select the software version that is applicable to the Aruba CX switch to which compliance is required to be set. For example, version 10.04.0020 is not applicable to Aruba CX 6200 and 6400 switch series.

    3. Set Compliance for Gateways in Standalone Mode—To ensure firmware version compliance, complete the following parameters in the Manage Firmware Compliance page:
      • Groups—Select a specific group or multiple groups for which the compliance must be set. Select All Groups if you want to set compliance for all the groups.
      • Firmware Version—Select the firmware version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set.
      • Auto Reboot—Select this check box to reboot Aruba Central automatically after the build is downloaded on the device. On reboot, the new build is installed on the device.
      • When—Select one of the following radio buttons to specify if the compliance must be carried out immediately or at a later date and time:
        • Now—To set the compliance to be carried out immediately.
        • Later Date—To set at the later date and time.
      • Click Save and Upgrade button to save the firmware compliance with the above settings. To clear the compliance, turn off the toggle switch.
  5. Upgrade All—Allows you to simultaneously upgrade firmware for all devices. Click Upgrade All to view a list of supported firmware versions for each device.
    1. To Upgrade all Access Points—Click Upgrade All and complete the following parameters in the Upgrade Access Points Firmware page:
      • Sites—Select a specific site or multiple sites for which the upgrade must be set. You can also search for the site in the search filter.
      • Firmware Version—Select the firmware version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set. Select None for none of the firmware versions.
      • When —Select one of the following radio buttons to specify if the compliance must be carried out immediately or at a later date and time:
        • Now—To set the compliance to be carried out immediately.
        • Later Date—To set at the later date and time.
      • Upgrade—Click this button to start the upgrade with the above settings.
      • Cancel—Click this button to cancel the upgrade.

        While upgrading a large number of APs, cancel operation may not work as intended, and continues to upgrade.

    2. To Upgrade all Switches—Click Upgrade All and complete the following parameters in the Upgrade Switch Firmware page:
      • Sites—Select a specific site or multiple sites for which the upgrade must be set. You can also search for the site in the search filter.
      • AOS-S Firmware Version—Select the AOS-S firmware version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set.
      • CX Firmware Version—Select the CX switch firmware version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set.
      • Auto Reboot—Select this check box to reboot Aruba Central automatically after the build is downloaded on the device. On reboot, the new build is installed on the device.
      • When—Select one of the following radio buttons to specify if the compliance must be carried out immediately or at a later date and time:
        • Now—To set the compliance to be carried out immediately.
        • Later Date—To set at the later date and time.
      • Upgrade—Click this button to start the upgrade with the above settings.
      • Cancel—Click this button to cancel the upgrade.
    3. To Upgrade all Gateways in Standalone Mode—click Upgrade All and complete the following parameters in the Upgrade Gateway Firmware page:
      • Sites—Select a specific site or multiple sites for which the upgrade must be set. You can also search for the site in the search filter.
      • Firmware Version—Select the firmware version number from the drop-down list to which the compliance is required to be set.
      • Auto Reboot—Select this check box to reboot Aruba Central automatically after the build is downloaded on the device. On reboot, the new build is installed on the device.
      • When—Select one of the following radio buttons to specify if the compliance must be carried out immediately or at a later date and time.
        • Now—To set the compliance to be carried out immediately.
        • Later Date—To set at the later date and time.
      • Upgrade—Click this button to start the upgrade with the above settings.
      • Cancel—Click this button to cancel the upgrade.
  6. Search Filter—Allows you to define a filter criterion for searching devices based on the following properties:
    • Common to all devices—Name, Firmware Version, Recommended Version and Upgrade Status of the device.
    • Specific to switches and gateways—MAC address and Model.
  7. Column Filter—Clicking icon enables you to customize the table columns or set it to the default view.
  8. Continue—Allows you to continue with firmware upgrade.
  9. Cancel Upgrade—Cancels a scheduled upgrade.
  10. Cancel All—Cancels a scheduled upgrade for all devices.

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