Aruba Networks

The Aruba 7005 Controller is here

After waiting for the past few weeks, our Aruba 7005 Cloud Services Controller finally arrived.  It was smaller than I thought, but don't let the size deceive you.  This baby packs a punch and looks to be a worthy upgrade over the aging 600 series controller we are replacing.

Sorry for the less than perfect photos, the camera on my phone is less than ideal.

New Aruba Controllers on the horizon :)

It looks like the new Aruba controllers are finally getting ready to ship!!!  We have been waiting for the replacement of the 600 series and were disappointed not to hear anything about it earlier this year in Las Vegas at the annual Aruba Airheads Conference.

A Case for Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System

A recent article from the CIO Journal (see below) discusses the security challenges in the workplace posed by tablet computers.

This is a case where the workplace can benefit from Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System.  (Especially in this ever-expanding mobile landscape, where personal devices have taken the lead!)

Aruba Campus APs: To which am I connected?

Ever wanted to confirm that a specific AP is properly participating in the air?  Or needed to determine which specific AP your mobile device is connecting to?

There’s the “low tech” method... take the device, touch it to the AP, and if the “signal strength” reaches “Excellent” (or dBm is better than -40), then that’s probably your AP, and it is probably functioning just fine.

But, there’s a better way to verify, by comparing BSSIDs.  With a mobile device and a wifi analyzer app, you can see which BSSIDs are nearby / connected to you, and compare that with the Controller.

Troubleshooting Aruba Campus Access Point Deployments

You’re out deploying a Campus AP to your network, and it doesn’t seem to come up -- doesn’t broadcast, repeatedly rebootstraps, never lights up with all green LEDs.  It’s getting power.  Existing APs are working fine. What gives?

 Here’s a list of common causes...

 * The AP does not have a valid IP configuration.  It requests via DHCP by default.  Is DHCP available?  Reachable from that endpoint?  OR, if IP config is statically defined, double check settings.  (see TESTING, below)

Aruba Networks Scottsdale Airheads

I hope that you were able to attend the Scottsdale Airheads conference this week, it was a good time and I actually learned a few things.  All of the attendees received an Aruba RAP-3, which is the latest generation of Aruba's smallest remote access point.  I got my RAP-3 home, unpacked, configured and running in about 10 minutes...piece of cake.  The RAP-3 can be used a a traditional remote access point that tunnels back to an Aruba controller, or it can be used as an "instant" AP.  If you don't know about

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.