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Best Practice for managing switches in Aruba Central

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  • 1.  Best Practice for managing switches in Aruba Central

    Posted Jan 30, 2021 07:14 AM
    Hi everyone!

    I'm pretty curious to see how you best practice manage your switches in Aruba Central. I really like the monitoring tools in Central, but configuring switches, I find it quite a hassle compared to just executing the commands via SSH.

    I now manage them through Template Groups, but I can't find an easy and fast way to configure for each specific switch his vlan ports. For VLAN 1 there is a variable, but for other VLAN's I don't see an easy option to create variables myself? And also, that's pretty complicated instead of just running commands?
    What I did now, is for each switch I have, I created an IF-Statement on serial number so that I have a block with all vlans and ports for each switch.. but is there a better way?

    I would like to have option to configure it locally (SSH) and that the switch would sync config with cloud. But guess that's not possible for now.

    UI-configuration is still also not very practical.. For example giving a management IP in different VLAN lacks etc..

    So I'm very curious how you manage your switches in Central?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Cedric De Witte
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  • 2.  RE: Best Practice for managing switches in Aruba Central

    Posted May 26, 2021 07:00 PM
    I am in the same situation and am not able to find any help. I have asked Aruba directly and they just point me to the user manual. There are no videos I have found that give a sample/basic setup. I would love to know how any users out there have their templates organized. How do you scale those templates to work for multiple switches without the need of a template for every switch, which defeats the purpose.  I have a very simple network, which CLI has worked great for. Now with Central, it seems to be overcomplicating a very simple and stable solution.

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    Clifton Allen
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  • 3.  RE: Best Practice for managing switches in Aruba Central

    Posted May 26, 2021 10:08 PM
    some videos on templates ,you didn't say what type of switches, here are details on Aruba CX

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvYBvM7hOjI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNmWidoIu9w

    if you have simple configs then put them in UI group and then enhance them with the multieditor (CLI style)  which is available on 2.5.3 central for CX Switches

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    Kamal Takodra
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