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Factory Reset for a newbie



As the title explains i am a newbie at this. I just "inherited" control of the wireless network admin responsibilities without any formal training, or training at all shall i say.


I made a dumb mistake while provisioning a new AP by putting it into a group customized for RAP's, an oversight on my part. However, now the AP is not using DHCP and i cannot re-provision it. The controller see's the AP as online, but trying any config changes to the group do not take effect.


My question is: Is there a way to physically do a factory reset for the AP either on itself, or something on the controller/console that i am not aware of? I need to change its group




I am using a Mobility Controller - ArubaOS

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Re: Factory Reset for a newbie

Do you have physical access to the AP? If so, connect via serial/console, reboot the AP, stop the autoboot when prompted.


When you see apboot>, type purgeenv, then saveenv, then boot.


This will clear all of the variables on the AP which effectively resets it to factory.



Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
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Re: Factory Reset for a newbie

That worked! thank you very much

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