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Getting Started with AOS-CX Deployments

Before you get started with your onboarding and provisioning operations, browse through the list of Supported AOS-CX Platforms in Aruba Central.

Provisioning Workflow

The following sections list the steps required for provisioning AOS-CX switches in Aruba Central.

Provisioning a Factory Default Switch

Like most Aruba devices, AOS-CX switches support ZTPZero Touch Provisioning. ZTP is a device provisioning mechanism that allows automatic and quick provisioning of devices with a minimal or at times no manual intervention.. Switches with factory default configuration have very basic configuration for all ports in VLAN-1. When a new AOS-CX switch (factory default) is powered on, it automatically obtains IP address, connects to Aruba Activate and downloads the provisioning parameters. When the switch identifies Aruba Central as its management entity, it connects to Aruba Central.

To manage AOS-CX switches from Aruba Central, you must onboard the switches to the device inventory and assign a valid subscription.

For step-by-step instructions, see Provisioning Factory Default AOS-CX Switches.

Provisioning a Pre-configured or Locally-Managed Switch

Pre-configured switches have customized configuration; for example, an additional VLANVirtual Local Area Network. In computer networking, a single Layer 2 network may be partitioned to create multiple distinct broadcast domains, which are mutually isolated so that packets can only pass between them through one or more routers; such a domain is referred to as a Virtual Local Area Network, Virtual LAN, or VLAN. or static IP address configured on the default.

Aruba Central management service is enabled by default on AOS-CX switches. When the switch is powered on, it identifies Aruba Central as its management entity and connects to Aruba Central.

To manage AOS-CX switches from Aruba Central, you must onboard the switches to the device inventory and assign a valid subscription.

For step-by-step instructions, see Provisioning Pre-Configured AOS-CX Switches.

Group Assignment

Aruba Central supports provisioning AOS-CX switches in template groups. Template groups allow you to configure devices using CLI-based configuration templates.

The following figure illustrates the group assignment workflow in Aruba Central:

Figure 1  Group Assignment- AOS-CX Switches

Configuration and Management

Aruba Central supports managing AOS-CX switches configuration using configuration templates only. Ensure that you assign the AOS-CX switches to a template group.

When initially onboarding an AOS-CX switch to Aruba Central, you must manually create the template for the switch in a group, along with the password in plaintext format. You can use the output of the show running-config command to create the template. You can also add variables to use the same template for onboarding multiple AOS-CX switches.

For more information on managing AOS-CX switches in Aruba Central, see Using Configuration Templates for AOS-CX Switch Management.

AOS-CX Switch Monitoring

To view the operation status of switches and health of wired access network:

1. In the Network Operations app, set the filter to one of the options under Groups, Labels, or Sites. For all devices, set the filter to Global. Ensure that the filter selected contains at least one active switch.

The dashboard context for the selected filter is displayed.

2. Under Manage, click Devices > Switches.

A list of switches is displayed in the List view.

For more information, see Monitoring Switches and Switch Stacks.

To view AOS-CX switches in the monitoring pages, you must create a template configuration for the switch with the password in plaintext. See Using Configuration Templates for AOS-CX Switch Management.

Viewing VSX Details

Aruba Central displays information about VSX configuration of AOS-CX switches. For more information, see Switch > VSX.

Last synced data is displayed in the Switch > VSX page only when VSX synchronization is enabled for the AOS-CX switch. However, enabling VSX synchronization using template configuration in Aruba Central is not recommended. By enabling VSX synchronization, the peer switch may get into an unknown configuration state.

Viewing Topology Map

In Aruba Central, the Topology tab in the site dashboard provides a graphical representation of the site including the network layout, details of the devices deployed and health of the WANWide Area Network. WAN is a telecommunications network or computer network that extends over a large geographical distance. uplinks and tunnels. Aruba Central supports AOS-CX switches to be displayed in the Topology tab. For more information, see Monitoring Sites in the Topology Tab.

To view AOS-CX switches in the topology map, you must create a template configuration for the switch with the password in plaintext. See Using Configuration Templates for AOS-CX Switch Management.

Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

If you are unable to view all details of the AOS-CX switch, then maybe the template configuration was not applied correctly, the password was missing in the template configuration, or the password was not in plaintext. See the audit trail to check the status of the switch. The audit trail should show the device onboarded message for the switch serial number followed by the configuration push and login successful messages. For more information on troubleshooting AOS-CX switch onboarding issues, see Troubleshooting AOS-CX Switch Onboarding Issues.

Configuration Status

The Configuration Audit page under Network Operations > Device(s)Switches in the Aruba Central UI displays errors in configuration sync, template configuration, and a list of configuration overrides. For more information, see Viewing Configuration Status.

The Configuration Status page under Network Operations > Device(s)Switches in the AOS-CX UI configuration page of Aruba Central displays configuration status of the switches, pending changes, and local overrides present in the AOS-CX switches. For more information, see Using Configuration Status on AOS-CX.

Troubleshooting Tools

To troubleshoot AOS-CX switches remotely, use the tools available under Network Operations > AnalyzeTools. For more information, see Using Troubleshooting Tools.

Actions Drop-down

You can also reboot, connect to the remote console of the switch, or generate a tech support dump for troubleshooting the device, by using the tools available under the Actions drop-down. The Actions drop-down is available in the switch monitoring pages.

The Actions down-down lists the following options available for remote administration of the switch:

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You can only troubleshoot Aruba switches using the Console option in Aruba Central. You cannot configure the switches.