Getting Started with AOS-S Deployments

Before you get started with your onboarding and provisioning operations, browse through the list of AOS-S switches supported in Aruba Central.

Provisioning Workflow

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

Provisioning a Factory Default AOS-S Switch

Like most Aruba devices, AOS-S switches support ZTP Zero 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 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 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-S Switches.

Provisioning a Pre-configured or Locally-Managed Switch

Pre-configured switches have customized configuration; for example, an additional VLAN Virtual 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.

Unlike factory default switches, locally managed switches and the switches with custom configuration require one touch provisioning. These switches do not automatically identify Aruba Central as their management platform, therefore you must manually enable the Aruba Central management service on these switches to allow them to connect to Aruba Central.

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

Group Assignment

Aruba Central supports provisioning switches in one of the following types of groups:

  • UI group—Allows you to customize and manage device parameters using the UI workflows, that is, the menu options and tabs available under Aruba Central.
  • Template Group—Allows you to configure devices using CLI-based configuration templates.

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

Figure 1  Group Assignment-Switches

Configuration and Management

Aruba Central supports managing switch configuration using UI workflows or configuration templates. Based on your configuration requirements, ensure that you assign switches to either UI group or template group.

For more information on managing switches in Aruba Central, see the following topics:

Switch Monitoring

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

  • In the Aruba Central app, use the filter to select a group that has switches.
  • Under Manage, click Devices > Switches.

For more information, see Monitoring Your Network.

Monitoring only Mode for AOS-S Switches

Aruba Central allows you to configure AOS-S switches in UI groups only for monitoring purposes. For switches that are configured in this mode, no configuration changes are allowed to be performed in Aruba Central. The recommended software version to configure switches in this mode is 16.10.0010.

For more information, see Monitoring-Only Mode for AOS-S Switches.

Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

The Configuration Audit page under Aruba Central > Device(s)Switches in the Aruba Central UI displays errors in configuration sync, templates, and a list of configuration overrides. For more information, see Configuring Configuration Audit Properties.

To troubleshoot switches remotely, use the tools available under Aruba Central > AnalyzeTools. For more information, see Troubleshooting Tools.