Product and Software: This article applies to all Aruba APs and ArubaOS 5.0 or later.
In ArubaOS versions before 5.0, campus and remote access points (APs) reboot if the AP forwarding mode in the VAP profile is changed. For example, if the forwarding mode is changed from tunnel to bridge, APs that are provisioned with the reconfigured VAP will be rebooted.
However, in ArubaOS 5.0 and later, changing the forwarding mode only causes the AP to bootstrap and not reboot. This enhancement greatly increases the stability of the wireless services by maintaining the running state of access points during this configuration change.
Note: Aruba Networks highly recommends that configuration changes be only performed in scheduled maintenance windows so as to minimize any impact on the wireless clients and services.
These ArubaOS 5.x commands can trigger an AP to reboot: