Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance

The Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance and Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance provide a 64-bit virtualized software-based managed platform on virtual machine (VM Virtual Machine. A VM is an emulation of a computer system. VMs are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer.) architecture. The Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance and Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance operate on x86 platforms in a hypervisor environment and can reside with other virtualized appliances. The Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance and Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance are centralized management platforms for deployment in a virtualized network infrastructure. Some of the key security features offered by the Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance and Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance are:

Listed below are few advantages of switching to Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance or Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance environment:

Reduces the number of devices occupying rack space and the overheads associated with managing and servicing products from different vendors.

Multiple services are consolidated on a common platform, thereby reducing the cost and optimizing the infrastructure by providing consolidated services.

Additional devices can be deployed remotely, increasing hardware selection option and flexibility.

By eliminating a single point failure, you can create a reliable and high-performance networking system.

On successfully installing the Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance/Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance, refer to the ArubaOS 8.6.0.0 Getting Started Guide for steps to setup the network.

 

Ensure the number of CPU Central Processing Unit. A CPU is an electronic circuitry in a computer for processing instructions. sockets is always 1 and the value of the cores is the same as the required CPUs.

 

vMare's vMotion can be used to change both compute and storage resources and to migrate virtual machines between vCenter Server instances. However, these types of migrations are not supported on ArubaMobility Master Virtual Appliance and Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance.

What's New

This section lists the new features and enhancements released in this version of the installation guide.

ArubaOS VM Requirements

Listed below are the minimum resources required for ArubaOS VM Virtual Machine. A VM is an emulation of a computer system. VMs are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer. to function:

 

If the prescribed vCPU and Memory values are not configured during the initial setup the following error message is displayed “Minimum 4GB memory (actual 3GB) or minimum 3 CPU (actual 2 CPU) requirement not met

 

For the Aruba Mobility Master Virtual Appliance and Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance to function as expected on a VMware ESXi server with NIC teaming, LACP should be configured and enabled between the VMware ESXi host and upstream switch.

Table 1: Memory and CPU Allocation - Mobility Master Virtual Appliance

SKUs Total vCPU (hyper threaded) Memory (GB) Flash/Disk (GB) Total Supported Interfaces

MM-VA-50

3

6

6

2 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1), 1 mgmt port

MM-VA-500

6

8

8

2 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1), 1 mgmt port

MM-VA-1K

8

32

32

2 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1), 1 mgmt port

MM-VA-5K

10

64

64

2 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1), 1 mgmt port

MM-VA-10K

16

128

128

2 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1), 1 mgmt port

NOTE: Aruba recommends using Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 @ 2.2GHz enterprise grade CPUs for optimum performance.

 

If your deployment is using a MM-VA 50 SKU and the topology is configured for Layer-2 redundancy, note that the standby Mobility Master will be counted as one Mobility Controller against the capacity and license count.

Table 2: Memory and CPU Allocation - Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance

SKUs

Total vCPU (hyper threaded) Memory (GB) Flash/Disk (GB) Total Supported Interfaces

MC-VA-10

3

4

6

3 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1, 0/0/2), 1 mgmt port

MC-VA-50

4

6

6

3 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1, 0/0/2), 1 mgmt port

MC-VA-250

5

8

8

3 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1, 0/0/2), 1 mgmt port

MC-VA-1K

6

16

16

3 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1, 0/0/2), 1 mgmt port

MC-VA-4K

12

48

48

3 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1, 0/0/2), 1 mgmt port

MC-VA-6K

14 64 64 3 data ports (0/0/0, 0/0/1, 0/0/2), 1 mgmt port

NOTE: Aruba recommends using Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3 @ 2.3GHz enterprise grade CPUs for optimum performance.

 

MC-VA-4K and MC-VA-6K are not orderable SKUs. However, you can scale up by installing multiple instances of MC-VA-1K. For example to deploy 4K APs on a single Mobility Controller Virtual Appliance, you need to add four MC-VA-1K licenses.

The hypervisor host should not be oversubscribed in terms of number of VMs configured on a host as it adversely impacts the functionality and performance of ArubaOS. In instances where more than one VM Virtual Machine. A VM is an emulation of a computer system. VMs are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer. is setup in a hypervisor, then:

The number of logical processors reported on the hypervisor should be higher or equal to the sum of vCPUs allocated to each VM Virtual Machine. A VM is an emulation of a computer system. VMs are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer. setup in that host.

The sum of the memory allocated to each VM Virtual Machine. A VM is an emulation of a computer system. VMs are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer. should not exceed the overall host memory capacity reported.

The total CPU Central Processing Unit. A CPU is an electronic circuitry in a computer for processing instructions. utilization, memory usage, and network throughput should not exceed 80% of the host capacity.

 

Ensure the number of sockets and threads is always one and the value of cores is the same as the current allocation.