Tips from the Field

How to rename an Aruba AP Group

Recently I ran into a situation where I needed to change the name of the AP Group on the Aruba controller. The only way I have been able to find to do that is via the CLI.

Aruba Networks Clear Pass Guest formerly Amigo Pod

We just got my hands on the latest release of Aruba Networks Clear Pass Guest, formerly Amigo Pod.  So far so good, just getting the pre-configured .OVF imported and running on our ESXi server (tried getting it to work on Citrix Xen for about an hour and then gave up).

I am running this as a proof of concept internally, if you want to register for the demo contact me and I can get you the link.  Below are the initial screen shots taken during the setup on ESXi 5.0.

Updating firmware on Aruba Instant AP-105


We just fired up our first Aruba Networks Instant AP-105.  Updating the Instant AP-105 to latest recommended firmware revision is a piece of cake.  The AP's "phone home" to the cloud based controller on the Internet and pulsl the latest firmware and finally reboots the AP once it has completed the upgrade.  It literally took us less than 5 minutes to setup the Instant AP-105, create a WPA-2 PSK SSID and start using it.  Nice job Aruba!

Resetting Aruba AP to factory default

If you need to reset your Aruba AP's to factory defualt it's really simple.

  1. Connect the serial console breakout adapter cable to the AP Ethernet port and your PC/Laptop
  2. Power on the AP and get into apboot mode.  You'll see the option to go into AP boot mode when the AP is booting.
  3. From the apboot prompt, enter the following commands
    apboot> purge
    apboot> save
    apboot> reset

That's it!  Your Aruba AP's will now be set back to factory default.

Aruba Networks declares the LAN is dead!

We just got back from the Aruba Networks Partner Conference in San Jose, California this week and have lots to share with our customers.  Aruba has annoucned several new products, my favorite is the "Aruba Instant" series.  For smaller deployments, we no longer need a controller to provision and control access points.  The new products in the "instant" line are as follows: Aruba IAP-105, IAP-92 and the IAP-93. 

Aruba Networks Partner Summit 2011


We're here at the Aruba Networks Partner Summit in San Jose, California to learn about the latest and greatest with Aruba.


Las Vegas Trade Show with Intel


Here we are again at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas for another Intel show.  I'm here with our wireless division of ENS - The WiFi Group to setup the network and manage the Aruba Networks wireless WLAN we've deployed at The Sands Conference & Expo Center here in Las Vegas.