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COTD: ArubaOS 5.0 is here!

We are proud to announce that ArubaOS 5.0 is here. There are a great deal of changes, so I will limit them to the ones I think make the most impact:

- Remote Networking features (Split Tunnel Captive Portal, Remote Mesh, the ability to support the RAP2WG and 5WN access points) are now supported on a unified code train. No longer do you have to run 1 version of code to support regular campus APS and remote code to support remote APs. This single version of code will support both of them. You no longer need a separate controller to support all features.
- Support for Remote Access Point Zero Touch Provisioning - To deploy remote APs, you would simply have to put their MAC address into a whitelist and then point them to the controller out the box. When you add the mac address to the controller, you associate it to an AP-Group and give it an AP name. Automatically, when the AP is pointed to the controller, the AP will be named and associated to the AP-Group, upgrade it's code, etc, without intervention from the enduser
- Split Tunnel Captive Portal allows you to authenticate users via captive portal on a remote AP and instead of having to tunnel all their traffic back to the controller and out the headend, you can send all the traffic to the local internet connection, which will provide the maximum in performance.
- Remote Mesh Portal allows you to mesh access points off of an access point that is provisioned as a Remote Access point. Since ArubaOS 3.4, mesh has been an included, instead of licensed feature.
- Remote APs are no longer a licensed feature. It is included when you purchase an AP license.
- RAP Local Access - If two clients are connected to a Remote AP, even if they are in different subnets, their traffic will not have to go back to the controller to contact each other.
- RAP Uplink Bandwidth Reservation - If you have bandwidth-sensitive traffic like voice that you want to protect from all other traffic in the RAP, you can define a firewall policy for that traffic and reserve a portion of bandwidth that will always be reserved for that application, no matter what other traffic is going through the RAP.
- RAP Wired Client Statistics - All wired statistics like bandwidth and packets sent/received can be tracked and displayed for clients on the wired ports of a RAP.
- RAP Provisioning Enhancement - On the RAP2WG and RAP5WN, you can provision them out the box with static IP addresses. It used to depend on a DHCP server of some sort. In addition, you an provision it over a 3G Card or DSL (pppoe). No need for a cable!
- Site to Site VPN on controllers and VPN termination of clients is also no longer a licensed feature; it is included in the base OS.
- VIA - Aruba introduces the Virtual Internetworking Agent Client, which can be installed on any Windows Laptop and form an IPSEC connection automatically to the Aruba Controller. You can also setup wireless networks on the Client Laptop using VIA. This feature is included in the Base Operating System.
- Content Security Service - Aruba provides a Cloud-Based Web filtering, Antivirus Filtering, Spyware Filtering Service that requires no equipment at remote sites to provide these features.
- Wan Acceleration Service - WAN acceleration service provides acceleration of common protocols like Exchange, CIFS and HTTP using only a single appliance in the datacenter, and nothing at the remote site.

We will describe how to configure some of the features in an upcoming COTD.


Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Re: COTD: ArubaOS 5.0 is here!

Using the remote mesh portal, do the points, too, need to be configured as remote APs?
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Ryan Holland, ACDX #1 ACMX #1
The Ohio State University
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The Mesh points can be just configured as regular Mesh points. It is the mesh portal that needs to be provisioned for RAP.



Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Re: COTD: ArubaOS 5.0 is here!

Content Security Service - Aruba provides a Cloud-Based Web filtering, Antivirus Filtering, Spyware Filtering Service that requires no equipment at remote sites to provide these features.

I'm assuing this is a paid service correct? Anyone on here using this feature?
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