Get Started with SD-WAN

Before getting started with your SD-Branch or Microbranch deployment, browse through the solution overview and supported devices.

To start using the 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. solution, ensure that you have a valid Aruba Central subscription and licenses for the SD-Branch devices.

  • If you are an existing Aruba Central customer with a valid subscription key and device licenses, access the Aruba Central UI and complete the provisioning tasks.
  • If you are an existing Aruba customer with valid device licenses, but not an Aruba Central customer, sign up for Aruba Central. After a successful registration, Aruba sends a verification e-mail with a link to the Aruba Central portal. For more information, see Aruba Central Help Center.

Aruba Central offers a 90 day evaluation subscription for customers who want to try the Aruba cloud solution for managing their networks. When you sign up for Aruba Central, an evaluation subscription is automatically assigned, unless you purchased a subscription. To purchase subscriptions, contact the Aruba support team.

Click the links below to navigate to the help pages that describe procedures for creating an Aruba Central account, onboarding your devices, organizing your devices, configuring, managing, and monitoring your networks.

Step 1: Create an account on HPE GreenLake

Aruba Central can be accessed from the HPE GreenLake portal using the following URLs Uniform Resource Locator. URL is a global address used for locating web resources on the Internet.:

Starting 2024, the https://common.cloud.hpe.com/ URL will be deprecated.

For more information about accessing the HPE GreenLake portal and adding the Aruba Central app, see Creating an Aruba Central Account .

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 on adding devices, see Onboarding Devices.

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 on managing subscriptions, see Managing Subscription Keys.

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 on user roles, see Aruba Central User Roles in the HPE GreenLake Portal.

Step 5: Organize Your SD-WAN Setup

A site in Aruba Central refers to a physical location where a set of devices are installed.

For more information on assigning gateways to sites and labels, see Assigning Gateways to Sites and Assigning Labels to Gateways.

Step 6: Assigning Gateways to Groups

A group in Aruba Central functions as a configuration container for devices added in Aruba Central.

For more information on groups and group configuration workflows, see Assign Gateways to a Group and Assigning a Group Role to an Aruba Gateway Group.

Step 7: Connect Aruba Gateways to Aruba Central

The Aruba gateways have the ability to automatically provision themselves and connect to Aruba Central once they are powered on.

For more information, see Connecting Aruba Gateways to Aruba Central.

Step 8: Configure Gateways for SD-WAN Deployment

Aruba Central offers various options to configure gateways such as creating a logical subset of devices as groups, device-specific configurations, bulk configurations, and APIs Application Programming Interface. Refers to a set of functions, procedures, protocols, and tools that enable users to build application software..

For more information, see Gateway Deployment.

Step 10: View Logs, Alerts, and Audit

Aruba Central allows you to create various types of reports, view alerts and logs pertaining to your gateway device. You can perform the following:

  • Reports—Allows you to create various types of reports.

  • Alerts and Events—Allows you to view and configure alerts.

  • Audit Trail—View the logs generated for all the device management, configuration, and user management events triggered in Aruba Central.

Step 11: Monitor Gateways, Clients, and Network Health

You can monitor the health of the device and network. For more information, view the following: