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Virtual Mobility Master and Mobility Controller VLAN Help

We're doing a small install of the new ArubaOS 8 with virtualized Mobility Master, virtualized Mobility Controller, and 24 access points.  For the setup on the virtual appliances, I seem to be missing some documentation.  The virtualized install guide goes over configuring vSphere, the quick start guide seems to only cover hardware devices, and the user guide doesn't cover the initial setup at all.

 

What's confusing me is the VLAN setup between the appliances and vSphere.  The vSphere guide says to setup the port groups so that all VLANs are available (a trunk port).  There's nothing that I've found that says how to answer the initial setup questions when you first start the appliance though.  These specific ones are confusing us:

 

Enter Controller VLAN ID:

Enter Controller VLAN Port Mode (access/trunk)

(If you answer 'access; here, it asks for the IP)

(If you answer 'trunk' here, it asks for the Native VLAN ID and then for the IP)

 

I've tried it several ways and never seem to be able to get network connectivity.  It seems to me that in vSphere, you should only assign the specific VLAN for the Mgt interface (20 in our case), answer Access to the question, and give it an IP on the VLAN20 range.

 

Anyone that's done some of these, can you give me some examples of how you setup both the vSphere network side and how you answered those questions?

Occasional Contributor I

Re: Virtual Mobility Master and Mobility Controller VLAN Help

Of course after I work on this for a few hours and finally post here, I partially figured it out.  "Network Adapter 1" in vSphere doesn't correspond to GE0/0/0 in the virtual appliance.  "Network Adapter 2" is actually the one used by GE0/0/0.

 

I am still a little confused by the other network adapters assigned to the appliances.  The virtual MM has 3 and the virtual MC has 4.  We're running this on an HPE Synergy frame with Virtual Connect, so all the redundancy and speed is built into the hardware.  Is there really a need for all those adapters in the appliance VM's?  I could see possibly 2 for the controllers: 1 for Mgt and 1 for WLAN traffic.  It's another piece I'm having trouble finding in the documentation.

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Re: Virtual Mobility Master and Mobility Controller VLAN Help

You only need a single adapter.

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Guru Elite

Re: Virtual Mobility Master and Mobility Controller VLAN Help

Please see the post here:  http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Wireless-Access/ArubaOS-8-x-MM-Virtual-vs-Hardware/m-p/414427#M79812

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Answers and views expressed by me on this forum are my own and not necessarily the position of Aruba Networks or Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
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Occasional Contributor I

Re: Virtual Mobility Master and Mobility Controller VLAN Help

Thanks, I'm completely up and running now with a 2-node cluster of MM and a 2-node cluster of MC.  Their docs really need to cover that portion of the setup.

 

This guy's series on Youtube for ArubaOS 8.2 is also great:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFJCnuXFGfEbwEzfcgU_ERQ

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