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RAP termination on cluster in 8.1

Longtime reader, first time poster. We're starting to evaluate 8.1 for deployment and have an extensive RAP setup that needs to be migrated. I'm still working to understand the differences in 8.1 and one aspect that is confusing is RAP termination. We plan on using one virtual MM and rely on VMware clustering to ensure the VM stays up. According to some documentation the RAP will need to terminate on a NAT'd IP of the MM. Will the MM then "pass on" the RAP to terminate on an MD in a clustered environment? Does the MD also then need a public IP? Also, the RAPs must authenticate on the MM via certificates and not PSK, is that right? Broadly speaking, I'd like to be clear on how the RAP works in a cluster, since clustering MDs seems to be best practice for resiliency. The 8.1 guide has an extensive section on RAP setup but it is lacking in detail in how RAPs work in clusters, except for a brief blurb on the lc-rap-pool command. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Re: RAP termination on cluster in 8.1

RAP will need to be terminated on the public IPs of the MCs since the MMs can't terminate any Aps
Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
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Re: RAP termination on cluster in 8.1

Thanks Victor. Can you expand on how RAPs work in an 8.1-based cluster? In the MM node there's the RAP pool settings under services but that doesn't exist under managed network. Does each MC need a one-to-one NAT? In the old setup we configured an LMS and backup LMS but our cluster will have four MCs. How would that work? 2017-10-02_082157.png

Re: RAP termination on cluster in 8.1

You can use the LMS-ip/B-LMS-IP and do a one to one NAT public IP address (same as before) but in order to support RAPs in a cluster both IPs will need to be public since NAT is not supported with RAPs in a cluster
Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
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Re: RAP termination on cluster in 8.1

What is the function of the RAP pool under MM services if we are only using LMS and BLMS? I thought RAPs support up to a four-node cluster in 8.1. Would we choose one MC randomly and hardcode it as the LMS? 

 

http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Controller-Based-WLANs/Benefits-of-using-RAP-cluster-support-in-8-x/ta-p/290926

 

 

Re: RAP termination on cluster in 8.1

The RAP pool needs to be defined under your Managed Network.
In a cluster each AP will have an AP Anchor controller and a AP Standby Anchor Controller and the assignment of the AAC and S-AAC is done dynamically .

Please look at the user guide for more information , are you working your Aruba local team or Aruba partner ?
Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
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