Implementing Aruba Switching

Learn to configure ArubaOS-Switches, including securing access, redundancy technologies such as MSTP, LACP, and VSF. You will also learn to configure OSPF and BGP, ACLs, QoS & PIM.


  • ​Introduction to Aruba Solutions
    • Describe market trends that are leading companies to implement a digital workplace
    • Describe how the Mobile First Network from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, delivers
    • the digital workplace
  • Data Link Layer Redundancy Technologies
    • Compare RPVST+ with RSTP and MSTP
    • Implement spanning tree protocol and loop protections
    • Describe how Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD) and Device Link Detection Protocol (DLDP) detect and handle unidirectional links
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
    • Ensure redundancy for a network’s default gateway by configuring VRRP on Aruba switches
    • Establish load-balancing of active routing in several different ways
    • Use best practices for implementing VRRP with MSTP
  • Aruba Backplane Stacking and Advanced Virtual Switch Framework (VSF)
    • Describe the three topologies supported with backplane stacking and the roles members play in the stack
    • Explain how backplane stacking handles stack fragments
    • Implement and manage an VSF fabric
    • Describe what a split VSF stack is and configure the mechanisms designed to detect and remedy this problem
  • Advanced Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
    • Deploy ArubaOS products in single-area and multi-area OSPF systems
    • Use area definitions and summaries to create efficient and scalable multiple area designs
    • Advertise routes to external networks in a variety of OSPF environments
    • Promote fast, effective convergence during a variety of failover situations
    • Use virtual links as required to establish non-direct connections to the backbone
    • Implement OSFP authentication
  • Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
    • Use Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) to optimize forwarding of multicasts within VLANs
    • Describe the differences between IGMP and IGMP snooping
  • Protocol Independent Multicast –Dense Mode (PIM-DM)
    • Distinguish between PIM-DM and PIM-SM
    • Implement PIM-DM to route multicast traffic
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
    • Establish and monitor BGP sessions between your routers and ISP routers
    • Advertise an IP block to multiple ISP routers
    • Configure a BGP router to advertise a default route in OSPF
  • Access Control Lists (ACL)
    • Define ACLs and identify the criteria by which ACLs select traffic
    • Configure ACLs on ArubaOS switches to select given traffic
    • Apply static ACLs to interfaces to meet the needs of a particular scenario
    • Examine an ACL configuration and determine the action taken on specific packets
  • 802.1X Authentication
    • Implement 802.1X on ArubaOS switch ports
    • Integrate ArubaOS switches with an Aruba ClearPass solution, which might apply dynamic VLAN assignments, ACLs, QoS priorities, and rate limits
  • MAC Authentication
    • Implement RADIUS-based MAC Authentication (MAC-Auth) on ArubaOS switch ports
    • Implement local MAC Authentication (LMA) on ArubaOS switch ports
  • Captive Portal and Other Guest Options
    • Configure captive portal authentication on ArubaOS switches to integrate them with an Aruba ClearPass solution
    • Implement Web Authentication (Web-Auth) on Aruba switch ports
    • Combine multiple forms of authentication on a switch port that supports one or more simultaneous users
    • Use the Unauthenticated VLAN on ArubaOS switches to provide guest access
  • Integrating with an Aruba Mobility Solution
    • Configure tunneled-node on ArubaOS switches
    • Describe when and how to configure PAPI enhanced security, high availability, and fallback switching for tunneled-node
  • Secure Device Management
    • Set up RADIUS authentication and authorization for managers
    • Describe the differences between SNMPv2c and v3 and configure SNMPv3 settings on ArubaOS switches
    • Explain how technologies such as RMON, sFlow, and traffic mirroring allow you to monitor network traffic
    • Explain best practices for managing configurations and monitoring network traffic using a solution such as Aruba AirWave
  • Quality of Service
    • Describe how ArubaOS switches prioritize traffic based on its queue
    • Configure ArubaOS switches to honor the appropriate QoS marks applied by other devices
    • Configure ArubaOS switches to select traffic, apply the appropriate QoS marking, and place the traffic in the proper priority queues
    • Implement rate limiting
    • Configure a voice VLAN and LLDP-MED
  • Additional Security Features
    • Implement DHCP snooping and ARP protection to defend networks against DHCP exploits, ARP snooping, and ARP poisoning attacks
    • Implement the proper port security measures for various use cases
    • Explain how MAC lockdown differs from port security and use the proper solution for each use case
    • Implement connection rate filtering to provide a first layer of protection against viruses and worms


Experience and knowledge of the OSI Model, IP Addressing and Subnettting, TCP/UDP, VLANs, Spanning Tree and Routing would be beneficial.

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