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Upgrading an IAP

While upgrading an IAP, you can use the image check feature to allow the IAP to find new software image versions available on a cloud-based image server hosted and maintained by Aruba Networks. The location of the image server is fixed and cannot be changed by the user. The image server is loaded with latest versions of Instant software.

Upgrading an IAP and Image Server

Instant supports mixed AP-class instant deployment with all APs as part of the same Virtual Controller cluster.

Image Management Using AirWave

If the multi-class IAP network is managed by AirWave, image upgrades can only be done through the AirWave UI. The IAP images for different classes must be uploaded on the AMP server. When new IAPs joining the network need to synchronize their software with the version running on the Virtual Controller, and if the new IAP belongs to a different class, the image file for the new IAP is provided by AirWave. If AirWave does not have the appropriate image file, the new AP will not be able to join the network.


The Virtual Controller communicates with the AirWave server if AirWave is configured. If AirWave is not configured on the IAP, the image is requested from the Image server.

Image Management Using Cloud Server

If the multi-class IAP network is not managed by AirWave, image upgrades can be done through the cloud-based image check feature. When a new IAP joining the network needs to synchronize its software version with the version on the Virtual Controller and if the new IAP belongs to a different class, the image file for the new IAP is provided by the cloud server.

Configuring HTTP Proxy on an IAP

If your network requires a proxy server for internet access, you must first configure the HTTP proxy on the IAP to download the image from the cloud server. After you setup the HTTP proxy settings, the IAP connects to the Activate server, AirWave Management platform, Central, or OpenDNS server through a secure HTTP connection. You can also exempt certain applications from using the HTTP proxy (configured on an IAP ) by providing their hostname or IP address under exceptions.

In the Instant UI

Perform these steps to configure the HTTP proxy settings:

1. Navigate to System > Proxy.

2. Enter the HTTP proxy server's IP address and the port number.
3. If you do not want the HTTP proxy to be applied for a particular host, click New to enter that IP address or domain name of that host under exceptions list.

In the CLI

(Instant Access Point)(config)# proxy server 8080

(Instant Access Point)(config)# proxy exception

(Instant Access Point)(config)# end

(Instant Access Point)# commit apply

Upgrading an IAP Using Automatic Image Check

You can upgrade an IAP by using the automatic image check feature. The Automatic image checks are performed once after the AP boots up and every week thereafter.

If the image check locates a new version of the Instant software on the image server, the New version available link appears at the top right corner of the Instant UI.


If AirWave is configured, the automatic image check is disabled.

To check for a new version on the image server in the cloud:

1. Go to Maintenance>Automatic>Check for New Version. After the image check is completed, one of the following messages appears:
No new version available — If there is no new version available.
Image server timed out — Connection or session between the image server and the IAP is timed out.
Image server failure — If the image server does not respond.
A new image version found — If a new image version is found.
2. If a new version is found, the Upgrade Now button becomes available and the version number is displayed.
3. Click Upgrade Now.

The IAP downloads the image from the server, saves it to flash and reboots. Depending on the progress and success of the upgrade, one of the following messages is displayed:

Upgrading — While image upgrading is in progress.
Upgrade successful — When the upgrading is successful.
Upgrade failed — When the upgrading fails.

If the upgrade fails and an error message is displayed, retry upgrading the IAP.

Upgrading to a New Version Manually

If the automatic image check feature is disabled, you can use obtain an image file from a local file system or from a TFTP or HTTP URL. To manually check for a new firmware image version and obtain an image file:

1. Navigate to Maintenance>Firmware. The Firmware window is displayed.
2. Under Manual section, perform the following steps:
Select the Image file option. This method is only available for single-class IAPs.

The following examples describe the image file format for different IAP models:

For IAP‑134/135 — ArubaInstant_Cassiopeia_6.3.1.1-
For RAP-108/109 and IAP-114/115— ArubaInstant_Pegasus_6.3.1.1-
For RAP-155/155P — ArubaInstant_Aries_6.3.1.1-
For IAP-220 SeriesArubaInstant_Centaurus_6.3.1.1-
For all other IAPs —ArubaInstant_Orion_6.3.1.1-
Select the Image URL option. Select this option to obtain an image file from a TFTP, FTP, or HTTP URL.
HTTP - http://<IP-address>/<image-file>. For example, http://<IP-address>/ArubaInstant_Orion_6.3.1.1-
TFTP - tftp://<IP-address>/<image-file>. For example, tftp://<IP-address>/ArubaInstant_Orion_6.3.1.1-
FTP - ftp://<IP-address>/<image-file>. For example, ftp://<IP-address>/ArubaInstant_Orion_6.3.1.1-
3. Clear the Reboot all APs after upgrade check box if required. The Reboot all APs after upgrade check box is selected by default to allow the IAPs to reboot automatically after a successful upgrade. To reboot the IAP at a later time, clear the Reboot all APs after upgrade check box.
4. Click Upgrade Now to upgrade the IAP to the newer version.

Upgrading an Image Using CLI

To upgrade an image using a HTTP, TFTP, or FTP URL:

(Instant Access Point)# upgrade-image <ftp/tftp/http-URL>

To upgrade an image without rebooting the IAP:

(Instant Access Point)# upgrade-image2-no-reboot <ftp/tftp/http-URL>

To view the upgrade information:

(Instant Access Point)# show upgrade info


Image Upgrade Progress


Mac IP Address AP Class Status Image Info Error Detail

--- --------- -------- ------ ---------- ------------

d8:c7:c8:c4:42:98 Orion image-ok image file none

Auto reboot :enable

Use external URL :disable