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Having the correct time on network devices is important for trouble shooting and determining when events happen.

This is a quick guide on how to set up time on ArubaOS Switch, ArubaOS Controller and ArubaOS Instant Access Point.

The use of NTP is highly recommended if you want to have accurate time across all devices.


The following configuration should work on most of the new ArubaOS switches (previously known as ProCurve, E-Series, ProVision).

I’m running 16.03 on my 2930F. NOTE: Executing reload or boot resets the time and date to their default startup values on most switches unless you have NTP running.

2930F# conf t

2930F(config)# time

Mon Jan  1 00:03:11 1990

2930F(config)# time timezone 720

2930F(config)# time daylight-time-rule user-defined begin-date 09/24 end-date 04/01

2930F(config)# time 07/10/2017

Mon Jul 10 13:03:57 2017

2930F(config)# time 16:02

Mon Jul 10 16:02:12 2017

2930F(config)# time

Mon Jul 10 16:02:20 2017

2930F(config)# end

2930F# wr mem


My Aruba 7005 controller is running, the configuration is pretty generic and should work across all the controllers.

First up the initial configuration during the first start up.

Enter System name [Aruba7005]:

Enter Switch Role (master|local|standalone|branch) [master]:

Enter VLAN 1 interface IP address []:

Enter VLAN 1 interface subnet mask []:

Enter IP Default gateway [none]:

Do you wish to configure IPV6 address on vlan 1 (yes|no) [yes]: no

Enter Country code (ISO-3166), <ctrl-I> for supported list: NZ

You have chosen Country code NZ for New Zealand (yes|no)?: yes

Enter Time Zone [PST-8:0]: NZST+12:0

Enter Time in UTC [04:25:14]:

Enter Date (MM/DD/YYYY) [7/10/2017]:


Do you wish to accept the changes (yes|no)yes

Creating configuration... Done.


System will now restart!

Once the controller is back up we can add summertime and even reset the clock.

(Aruba7005) #show clock


Mon Jul 10 16:37:52 NZST 2017


(Aruba7005) #configure t

(Aruba7005) (config) #clock timezone NZST +12

(Aruba7005) (config) #clock summer-time NZDT recurring last Sunday September 02:00 first Sunday April 02:00 +13

(Aruba7005) (config) #end

(Aruba7005) #clock set 2017 july 10 16 48 00

WARNING:Changing the system clock will require a reboot of the controller.


Are you sure you want to continue(y/n): y

Switch Real Time Clock is changed. The controller must be rebooted now.


(Aruba7005) #write mem

Saving Configuration...


Configuration Saved.


(Aruba7005) #reload
Do you really want to restart the system(y/n): y

System will now restart!

The Instant AP configuration is very similar to the controller. I ran the configuration on a RAP-109 with ArubaOS
NOTE: Executing reload or boot resets the time and date to their default startup values on the instant APs unless you have NTP running.

RAP-109# conf t

We now support CLI commit model, please type "commit apply" for configuration to take effect.

RAP-109 (config) # clock timezone NZST +12 00

RAP-109 (config) # clock summer-time NZDT recurring last sunday september 02:00 first sunday april 02:00

RAP-109 (config) # end

RAP-109# commit apply

committing configuration...

configuration committed.


RAP-109# clock set 2017 7 10 17 15 00

RAP-109# sh clock


Current Time     :2017-07-11 05:15:03


Warm Regards

Phillip Hichens


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