A persona of a device represents the role that the device plays in a network deployment. Creating a persona for devices helps in customizing configuration workflows, automating parts of configurations, and showing the default configuration and the relevant settings for the device. Persona configuration also helps in customizing the monitoring screens and troubleshooting workflows that are appropriate for the device.
Creating a Persona
Personas can be created when creating a group. Persona and architecture can be set at the group level. All devices within a group inherit the same persona from the group settings.
While creating a group, the architecture and persona settings of the current group can be marked as preferred settings for adding subsequent groups. For subsequent groups, you can either automatically apply the preferred settings or manually select settings for the new group.
Based on the device persona selected in a group, the device configuration page displays only particular device tabs for that group. For example, if a group has only access points persona assigned to it, then the device configuration page for that group displays only the access points tab.
Persona for Access Points
Access Points can have the following persona:
- Campus/Branch—In this persona, AP provides WLAN Wireless Local Area Network. WLAN is a 802.11 standards-based LAN that the users access through a wireless connection. functionality. This persona applies to both ArubaOS 10 and legacy ArubaOS 8 (including IAP-VPN Virtual Private Network. VPN enables secure access to a corporate network when located remotely. It enables a computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it were directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security, and management policies of the private network. This is done by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, encryption, or a combination of the two.) architectures.
- Microbranch—In this persona, AP provides 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.-lite functionality in addition to the functions of WLAN AP. This persona applies only to ArubaOS 10 architecture.
Persona for Gateways
Gateways can have the following personas:
- Branch—In this persona, gateways provide the Aruba InstantOS and SD-Branch (LAN Local Area Network. A LAN is a network of connected devices within a distinct geographic area such as an office or a commercial establishment and share a common communications line or wireless link to a server. + WAN Wide Area Network. WAN is a telecommunications network or computer network that extends over a large geographical distance.) functionality. This persona applies to
both ArubaOS 10 andArubaOS 8 architecture s, with ArubaOS 10 being a superset of ArubaOS 8.
- VPN Concentrator—In this persona, gateways provide VPN concentrator functionality for
ArubaOS 10 Microbranch orArubaOS 8 or ArubaOS 10 + SD-Branchdeployments.
- Mobility—In this persona, gateway enables tunneling of traffic for enhanced security and centralized policy enforcement across wired and wireless clients. This persona only applies to the ArubaOS 10 architecture.
The following architecture is supported for creating groups:
- ArubaOS 8—Instant AP-based deployment, including Aruba InstanOS 6.x or Aruba InstantOS 8.x (IAP, IAP-VPN), or Aruba InstantOS 8.x SD-Branch deployments.
- ArubaOS 10—ArubaOS 10 deployment, including AP-only underlay, AP+gateway overlay, Microbranch, or AOS 10.x SD-Branch deployments.
A device persona can be applied to both ArubaOS 10 and ArubaOS 8 deployments. All the ArubaOS 8 personas apply to ArubaOS 10 deployments as well. The ArubaOS 10 deployment supports a couple of additional personas that do not apply to ArubaOS 8 deployment. The persona workflow differs based on the deployment type.
The following animation shows you group persona functionality in Aruba Central.
For information on creating groups with a persona and architecture, see the following topics: