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Occasional Contributor I

Licenses required for Dual controller setup

Hello,

 

Not sure if this question has been asked here before.

 

I've got a requirement to install 2 aruba controllers 7010 to provide redundancy for 30 APs (AP-305) using Controller Policy Enforcement Firewall.

 

If i understood correctly . for controller redundancy , the controllers can be setup either in VRRP or HA mode. right?

 

My question is , how many AP licenses and PEF licenses should i buy for the controllers in the following mode:

1) In VRRP Mode

2) HA

 

Thank you,

New Contributor

Re: Licenses required for Dual controller setup

It really comes down to how many APs you plan to deploy, and your redundancy model. 

 

If an active/active model is desired, you would typically want to half load your APs on the controllers, but should only require 30 licenses total for either model of licensing (standalone or centralized). The caveat is that if you run centralized licensing, I believe it requires VRRP as it requires your controllers be in the same layer 2 for the standby license server. Below is a link to a really good guide describing this in more detail.  

 

https://community.arubanetworks.com/aruba/attachments/aruba/Aruba-VRDs/88/1/Campus%20WLAN%20Redundancy%20VRD.pdf

 

I highly recommend looking into the new licensing bundle though, as you may be able to get better pricing going that route.  

 

 

 

T.J. Norton - Wireless Architect

All opinions written here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of my employer or Aruba Networks
Contributor I

Re: Licenses required for Dual controller setup

no need to double the licenses. still 30. take note HA and centralized licensing config are 2 separate configurations.
Occasional Contributor I

Re: Licenses required for Dual controller setup

Hello,

 

the 2 controllers will be deployed in L2 ( connected on same switch) and i am not planning on deploying active-active. I want the backup to sit idle.

 

Although my users will be connected to different vlans ( 2 vlans : 1 guest and 1 employees)

 

The active-standby model using VRRP is recommended in this situation right?

 

Again only 30 AP licenses/30 PEF licenses for all controllers. Can you please confirm that?

 

Note : Its for a tender and the customer is not expecting to add any more APs in the future. So I just have to design the setup for 30 APs.

 

Thank you,

New Contributor

Re: Licenses required for Dual controller setup

Hi,
By enabling centralized licensing in both modes required only 30 AP+PEF.


Thanks,

New Contributor

Re: Licenses required for Dual controller setup

Thats correct, it will only require 30 licenses for both AP and PEF total. 

T.J. Norton - Wireless Architect

All opinions written here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of my employer or Aruba Networks
Occasional Contributor I

Re: Licenses required for Dual controller setup

thank you

New Contributor

Re: Licenses required for Dual controller setup

Sure thing!  Glad to be of help. If you have a chance, I highly recommend looking into the licensing bundle (JW471AAE) as well. 


@Davidoswrote:

thank you


 

T.J. Norton - Wireless Architect

All opinions written here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of my employer or Aruba Networks
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