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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.

5 Days From £2,021.25 excl.


  • ​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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