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Managing License Assignments

Aruba offers two tiers of device licenses as part of the Aruba Central Licenses. The two tiers are Foundation and Advanced Licenses. The devices in Aruba Central that offer Foundation and Advanced Licenses include the following:

  • APs
  • Switches
  • SD-Branch Gateways

The value-added services that previously required service subscriptions are now packaged as part of either a Foundation or an Advanced License. To know more about the different types of licenses available for the devices, and the services packaged with each license, see Overview of Aruba Central Foundation and Advanced Licenses.

Before proceeding with the license assignment, ensure that all the license keys are available in Aruba Central. For more information on how to add license keys to Aruba Central, see Managing License Keys.

For more information about MSP Licenses, see Managing MSP Licenses.

Licensing Workflow in the Initial Setup Wizard

To enable automatic assignment of licenses from the Initial Setup Wizard:

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

Licensing Workflow for a New User

If you are a new user in Aruba Central, you can avail of either the evaluation license or a paid license.

For an evaluation user, see the workflow at Starting Your Free Trial.

For a paid user, see the workflow at Setting up Your Aruba Central Instance.

If you are a new user in Aruba Central and have purchased one or several licenses, ensure that all of your license keys are added to Aruba Central.

For license assignment to devices, you can avail of one of the following options:

  • Use the Auto-Assign Licenses option
  • Manually assign, update, or unassign licenses

Enabling the Auto-Assign Licenses Option

The Auto-Assign Licenses option in Aruba Central enables automatic assignment of available licenses to all of the devices available in the inventory. When you enable this option, you must specify the preferred license type as either Foundation or Advanced. You cannot manually assign licenses to devices if the Auto-Assign Licenses option is enabled.

The licenses for APs, switches, and gateways cannot be used interchangeably. For example, you cannot use an AP Foundation License on a gateway. Similarly, if an Aruba 25xx Switch is in the inventory but the license available is for an Aruba 29xx Switch, the Aruba 29xx Switch license cannot be applied to the Aruba 25xx Switch. Before enabling the Auto-Assign License option for a specific device type, ensure that there are sufficient available licenses for the specific device type.

To enable automatic assignment of licenses from the License Assignment page:

  1. On the Account Home page, under Global Settings, click License Assignment.

    The License Assignment page is displayed.

  2. Select the device type to assign the license.

    The available tabs are Access Points, Switches, and Gateways. The total number of devices for each device type is displayed for each of the tabs.

  3. On the device tab, slide the Auto-Assign Licenses toggle switch to the On position.

    The Manage License Assignment (Auto) window is displayed.

  4. Select the appropriate license type, Foundation or Advanced, from the drop-down menu, and then click Update.

    All the unassigned devices of the selected type in the inventory are enabled for automatic assignment of license.

To understand the Auto-Assign Licenses option workflow, see Automatic License Assignment Workflow.

Manually Assigning, Updating, or Unassigning Licenses

The License Assignment page enables you to assign, update, or even unassign a license from a device.

Aruba Central monitors devices with a valid license only.

The licenses for APs, switches, and gateways cannot be used interchangeably. For example, you cannot use an AP Foundation License on a gateway. Similarly, if an Aruba 25xx Switch is in the inventory but the license available is for an Aruba 29xx Switch, the Aruba 29xx Switch license cannot be applied to the Aruba 25xx Switch.

To manually assign licenses to devices or to change the existing license assignment:

  1. On the Account Home page, under Global Settings, click License Assignment.

    The License Assignment page is displayed.

  2. Select a device type tab.

    The available tabs are Access Points, Switches, and Gateways. The total number of devices for each device type is displayed for each of the tabs.

  3. Under License Summary, ensure that the Auto-Assign Licenses option is disabled.

    You cannot manually assign licenses if the Auto-Assign Licenses option is enabled.

  4. Select the device for which you want to assign or update the license.

    Clicking on a device type displays two additional sub-tabs: Licensed and Unlicensed.

    To manually assign or update licenses for all devices of a type, click Select All. You can also select devices at random.

  5. Click Manage.

    The Manage License Assignment (Manual) window is displayed.

  6. Do one of the following:
    1. To update or assign a license: Select the appropriate license from the drop-down menu and click Update.
    2. To unassign a license: Select Unassign to remove the existing license from that device.

Migration Workflow for an Existing User

Whether you are an evaluation user or a user with purchased licenses, the following is the migration workflow to the new Aruba Central Licenses:

Any existing rules set about Service Management tokens through APIsApplication Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software. are discarded during the migration.

  1. For all existing APs and switches that are already assigned licenses in the legacy system, the licenses are automatically converted to device-specific Foundation Licenses in the new model. The gateway licenses remain unchanged.

    For more information about the different license types, see Aruba Central Licenses Feature Details.

  2. To check how the migration was done, and to learn more about the new license keys and corresponding licenses, in the Account Home page, go to Global Settings > Key Management.

    For more information about the Key Management page, see Managing License Keys.

  3. To check how the legacy licenses were converted, navigate to Account Home > Global Settings > Key Management page, and click the Download Conversion Logs link.
  4. If there are unassigned evaluation or purchased Device Management tokens, you can convert the legacy tokens to license keys for the new Aruba Central Licenses.

    Service Management tokens are not converted. Instead, the AP licenses are pre-packaged with additional services.

    To know more about converting unassigned Device Management tokens, see Converting Legacy Tokens to New Licenses.

  5. If you had the auto-licensing option enabled before migration, in the new licensing model the Auto-Assign Licenses option is automatically enabled for APs, switches, and gateways. The Auto-Assign Licenses option for APs and switches is set with the corresponding device-specific Foundation Licenses.

    The Auto-Assign Licenses option for gateways is not enabled during the migration.

    For more information about the Auto-Assign Licenses option, see Enabling the Auto-Assign Licenses Option.

  6. If you had the auto-licensing option disabled before migration, this option is also disabled in the new licensing system.

Viewing the License Assignment Details

The License Assignment page consists of three sections for the type of device selected from the tabs. The device can be Access Points, Switches, or Gateways,

License Summary

A summary about the type of licenses available for the selected device type, the number of licenses available, and number of licenses assigned.

The available devices for Aruba Central include APs, switches, and gateways. Clicking on a device type displays two additional sub-tabs: Licensed and Unlicensed.

Clicking on one or more license type in the License Summary section displays the details of the license type in the License Management section. To deselect the license, click the selected license type again.

License Assignment

The License Assignment section provides detailed information about all the devices in the inventory and license status for each of the device. This table provides following information about each device in the inventory:

Use the sorting icon () in the table header row to arrange the rows in ascending or descending order. You can also use the row header indicated by the filter icon () to type in search queries to refine the search.

Renewing License Assignments

To renew your license, contact your Aruba Sales team.