Creating a Group Persona with ArubaOS 8 Architecture

To manage device configuration using configuration containers in Aruba Central, you can create a group and assign devices. During the group creation, you can assign a device persona and select an architecture for the group.

Adding a Group

To add a group and assign a persona and ArubaOS 8 architecture, complete the following steps:

  1. From the Aruba Central app, filter 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. Click (+) Add Group on the Groups table.

    The Add Group page is displayed.

  5. Enter a name for the group.

    The group name can be a maximum of 32 single byte ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange. An ASCII code is a numerical representation of a character or an action. characters if you use the UI to create the names. However, if you are using an NB API Application Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software., the character limit increases to 128. A group name supports alphanumeric characters and only "-", "_", and space as special characters. System-defined group names such as “default”, “unprovisioned”, and “global” are not allowed in group names.

    By default, Aruba Central enables the UI-based configuration. The template-based configuration is displayed only when you select devices in the Add group page. Use the toggle button to enable the Configure using templates.

  6. Select device types that will be part of this group. A group can contain following devices:
    • Access points
    • Gateways
    • Switches

    For detailed device combinations, refer to the Device Combinations table.

  7. Click Next.

    By default the ArubaOS 8 architecture is applied for access points and gateways.

  8. Select the check box for Make these the preferred group settings optionally to save the architecture and persona settings of the current group for subsequent group creations.
  9. Click Add.

    A group with persona configuration is created.

  • The group created by an user role that has read and write access is displayed in the Groups list only after that group is assigned to the user by the administrator on HPE Greenlake. For information about how to assign a group to the user, see HPE Greenlake User Guide.
  • You can also create a group that uses different provisioning methods for switch, IAP, and Gateway device categories. For example, you can create a group with template-based provisioning method for switches and UI-based provisioning method for Instant APs and Gateways.

Device Combinations

The following table lists the valid combinations for a group persona with ArubaOS 8 architecture.

Table 1: Device Combinations for a Group Persona

Device Type

Architecture

AP Network Role

Gateway Network Role Switches Monitoring Only

Access Points

ArubaOS 8

Campus/Branch

N/A

N/A

N/A

Gateways

ArubaOS 8

N/A

N/A

N/A

Switches

No architecture

N/A

N/A

  • AOS-CX only
  • AOS-S only
  • Both AOS-CX and AOS-S

Monitoring only for AOS-S

  • Access Points
  • Gateways

ArubaOS 8

Campus/Branch

Branch

N/A

N/A

  • Access Points
  • Switches

ArubaOS 8

Campus/Branch

N/A

  • AOS-CX only
  • AOS-S only
  • Both AOS-CX and AOS-S

Monitoring only for AOS-S

  • Access Points
  • Gateways
  • Switches

ArubaOS 8

Campus/Branch

Branch

  • AOS-CX only
  • AOS-S only
  • Both AOS-CX and AOS-S

Monitoring only for AOS-S

Editing a Group

You can edit a group to add a new device type to the group. The group architecture and persona cannot be changed through group edit. You can mark the settings of an edited group as preferred settings for subsequent group creations.

To edit a group, complete the following steps:

  1. From the Aruba Central app, filter All Groups.
  2. Under Maintain, click Organization.

    By default, the Network Structure tab is displayed.

  3. Click the Groups tile.

    The Groups page is displayed.

  4. To edit an existing group, hover over the group in the groups table and click the Edit Group icon.

    The Edit Group page is displayed.

  5. Add a new device type and its persona.
  6. For valid edit operations, refer to the Editing a Group table.
  7. Select check box for Make these the preferred group settings optionally to save the architecture and persona settings of the current group for subsequent group creations.
  8. Click Save.

    The group edit changes are saved.

The following table lists the behavior for various edit operations:

Table 2: Editing a Group

Original State

Action

Edit Group Behavior

Architecture

Devices and Persona

ArubaOS 8

Access Points - Campus/Branch

No Gateways

  • Add Gateways
  • Add Switches

Allowed

Gateways persona - Branch

 

Switch types: AOS-CX only or AOS-S only or Both AOS-CX and AOS-S

Monitoring only for AOS-S

ArubaOS 8

No Access Points

Gateways - Branch

  • Add Access Points
  • Add Switches

Allowed

Access Points persona - Campus/Branch

 

Switch types: AOS-CX only or AOS-S only or Both AOS-CX and AOS-S

Monitoring only for AOS-S

ArubaOS 8

No Access Points

Gateways - VPN Concentrator

  • Add Access Points
  • Add Switches

Adding Access Points is not allowed

 

Switch types: AOS-CX only or AOS-S only or Both AOS-CX and AOS-S

Monitoring only for AOS-S

No architecture

No Access Points

No Gateways

Switches - AOS-CX only or AOS-S only or Both AOS-CX and AOS-S

  • Add Access Points
  • Add Gateways

Allowed

Architecture - ArubaOS 8

 

Access Points persona - Campus/Branch

Gateways persona - Branch