Starting Your Free Trial

Aruba Central offers a 90-day evaluation license for customers who want to try the solution for managing their networks.

The evaluation license allows you to use the functions described in the following table:

Table 1: Evaluation features

Application Function

Aruba Central

  • 10 Advanced AP Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 6100 / 25xx / low density (16 ports or less) Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 6200 / 29xx Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 6300 / 3810 Licenses
  • 5 Foundation Switches 8xxx / 6400 / 5400 Licenses
  • 5 Advanced 90xx Gateways with security feature Licenses
  • 10 Advanced 70xx Gateways Licenses
  • 2 Advanced 72xx Gateways Licenses

ClearPass Device Insight

Discover, monitor, and automatically classify new and existing devices that connect to a network.

Complete the following steps to evaluate Aruba Central:

Step 1: Create an account on HPE GreenLake

You must first create an account on the HPE GreenLake portal and add the Aruba Central app to access Aruba Central. Use the following link to access the HPE GreenLake portal: https://common.cloud.hpe.com/. For more information about accessing the HPE GreenLake portal and adding the Aruba Central app, see the HPE GreenLake User Guide.

Step 2: Add Devices on HPE GreenLake

You can now add the devices that you want to manage using Aruba Central on the HPE GreenLake portal. To manage devices from Aruba Central, trial users must manually add the devices to the HPE GreenLake portal. For more information about adding devices to the HPE GreenLake portal, see the HPE GreenLake User Guide.

Step 3: Assign Subscriptions on HPE GreenLake

By default, an evaluation license key is assigned for users who sign up for a free trial of Aruba Central. The evaluation license key allows you to manage up to 60 devices from Aruba Central.

You can either enable automatic assignment of license or manually assign Foundation and Advanced licenses to your devices. By default, the automatic license assignment is disabled. For more information about assigning subscriptions to devices on the HPE GreenLake portal, see the HPE GreenLake User Guide.

Step 4: Manage Users and Roles on HPE GreenLake

Before the users access and start using Aruba Central, you must assign the users appropriate roles and permissions on the HPE GreenLake portal. For more information about assigning user roles on the HPE GreenLake portal, see the HPE GreenLake User Guide.

Step 5: Organize Your Devices into Groups on Aruba Central

A group in Aruba Central functions as a configuration container for devices added in Aruba Central. For the users to access all the existing groups, you must assign the groups to the user in the group scope on the HPE GreenLake portal. For the users to view and use the groups and group management pages, you must assign the edit permission to the users for group management. For more information about assigning group scope and permissions on the HPE GreenLake portal, see the HPE GreenLake User Guide.

Why Should You Use Groups?

Groups allow you to create a logical subset of devices and simplify the configuration and device management tasks. Groups offer the following functions and benefits:

  • Combining different types of devices under a group. For example, a group can have APs and switches. Aruba Central allows you to manage configuration of these devices in separate containers (wireless and wired management) within the same group. Any new device that is added to a group inherits the current configuration of the group.
  • Assigning multiple devices to a single group. For example, a group can consist of multiple Instant AP Virtual Controllers (VCs). These VCs can share common configuration settings and push the configuration updates to member Instant APs in their respective clusters. For example, you can apply a common security policy for the devices deployed in a specific geographical location.
  • Cloning an existing group allows you to create a base configuration for the devices and customize it as per your network requirements.

You can also use groups for filtering your monitoring dashboard content, generating reports, and managing software upgrades.

  • A device can be part of only one group at any given time.
  • Groups in Aruba Central are independent and do not follow a hierarchical model.

For more information on groups and group configuration workflows, see Groups for Device Configuration and Management.

Assigning Devices to Groups

After you successfully complete the onboarding workflow in HPE GreenLake portal, you can assign your devices to a group.

To assign a device to a group from the Groups page, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Aruba Central app, set the filter to Global.
  2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

    By default, the Network Structure tab is displayed.

  3. Click the Groups tile.

    The Groups page is displayed.

  4. Expand a group from which you want to move devices to the selected group. For example, expand the Unprovisioned Devices group, select the devices, and then click the Move devices icon.

    The Move Devices page is displayed.

    You can assign only particular device type for which the group is created. For example, if a group is created for Access Points only, then only Access Points can be assigned to that group. You cannot assign other device types to it.

  5. Select the Destination Group from the drop-down list.
  6. Click Move.

    The selected devices are moved to the destination group. These devices will adopt the destination group configuration.

Step 6: Assign Sites and Labels on Aruba Central (Optional)

A site in Aruba Central refers to a physical location where a set of devices are installed; for example, campus, branch, or venue. Aruba Central allows you to use sites as a primary navigation element. For example, if your devices are deployed in a campus, you can create a site called CampusA. You can also tag the devices within CampusA using labels. If your campus consists of multiple buildings, the devices deployed in the campus can be labeled as Building1 or Lobby.

For more information on sites and labels and how to assign devices to sites and labels, see Managing Sites and Managing Labels.

Step 7: Configure Your Network using Aruba Central

If you have added Instant APs as part of your evaluation, you can configure an employee and guest wireless network. If you have Switches or SD-Branch or SD-WAN Software-Defined Wide Area Network. SD-WAN is an application for applying SDN technology to WAN connections that connect enterprise networks across disparate geographical locations. Gateways, configure wired access network or SD-WAN Wide Area Network. WAN is a telecommunications network or computer network that extends over a large geographical distance. respectively.

For more information, see Device Configuration and Network Management.

Step 8: Monitor Your Network and Devices using Aruba Central

Use monitoring dashboards to view the health of the device and network. You can also run reports, configure alerts, and view client details.

Step 9: Cancel or Upgrade Your Subscription (Optional)

During the trial period or after you complete your trial, if you want to continue using Aruba Central for managing your devices, contact Aruba Customer Support to upgrade your license.

If you do not want to continue, contact Aruba support team to cancel your license or wait until the trial expires. When the trial period expires, your devices can no longer be managed from Aruba Central.