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Aruba Controller 7210 driver update

  • 1.  Aruba Controller 7210 driver update

    Posted Dec 14, 2019 02:28 AM
    Hello to the whole community this time I wanted to ask who has had the opportunity to do a VRRP with different controllers.

    We currently have a driver in version 7210 6.5 and a driver 7205 in version 8.4
    The deployment has exactly 60 access pont. Our main idea is to take our 7210 controller to version 8.4 and build a vrrp with our new 7205 controller.
    The question is ka next:
    Can we arm the VRRP with different hardware versions?
    According to your experiences, what would you advise us?

    Thank you very much for your kind attention.


  • 2.  RE: Aruba Controller 7210 driver update

    Posted Dec 14, 2019 05:15 PM

    The 6.x and 8.x code are very different from each other.


    If you update from 6.x to 8.x the controller configuration is empty and need to be re-configured from the begin.


    Is very unlikely  to do a vrrp between to different codes.


    Best way is deploying ArubaOS8 with using a Aruba Mobility Master which can be buyed as a virtual appliance.


  • 3.  RE: Aruba Controller 7210 driver update

    Posted Dec 15, 2019 02:06 PM

    Hello @mkk.

    I will ask the question a little more quickly.
    Can I do a VRRP without problems with the following:
    1.- 2 controllers
    2.- Same version of operational system
    3.- Different Hardware Versions (7205-7210)

    Thank you in advance for your clarifications.



  • 4.  RE: Aruba Controller 7210 driver update

    Posted Dec 15, 2019 05:20 PM

    That will works fine! Aslong  you keep in mind the maximal AP capacity of the 7205 controller. At the ArubaOS8 code you can still do a "master-standby" configuration as often was used in the 6.x code. But with ArubaOS8 clustering give you a much more seamless configuration and failover.


    In ArubaOS8 a (virtual) Mobility Master is recommened to make use of all new features like clustering, airmatch and in service live upgrades. When use a ArubaOS8 mobility master and clustering there is no need for VRRP anymore.


    VRRP in an ArubaOS8 cluster (with a mobility master) is used for ONLY two things (no need for AP failover);.

    • AP discovery process when one controller is offline.
    • Send COA (Change of Authorisation) back from ClearPass to the controllers.

    Also in a ArubaOS8 cluster you can mix the 7205 and 7210 in one cluster.




  • 5.  RE: Aruba Controller 7210 driver update

    Posted Dec 15, 2019 06:12 PM

    Hi @mkk
    Thank you very much for your prompt response.
    In relation to the 7210 controller that we currently have installed, configured and ending Aps. We want to update this driver to version 8 from version 6.5.
    Do you have any tips or recommendations to update this driver?
    I understand that the migration tool will not work for what we want to do.
    Thank you very much for taking some time to answer the questions.