This course teaches you the fundamental skills necessary to configure and manage modern, open standards-based networking solutions using Aruba's OS-CX routing and switching technologies. This course consists of approximately 60% lecture and 40% hands-on lab exercises to help you learn how to implement and validate small to medium enterprise network solutions. This 5-day course prepares candidates for the Aruba Certified Switching Associate exam.In this course, participants learn about ArubaOS-CX switch technologies including multi-layer switches. You will also learn about broadcast domains and Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs); secure management protocols such as AAA, SSH, HTTPS, and Dynamic Segmentation using Aruba's Role-Based Access Control (RBAC); availability technologies such as Mu


* Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

Learning Objectives

After you successfully complete this course, expect to be able to:
Explain Networking Fundamentals
Describe and review the Aruba Switching portfolio with customers
Install and configure devices running the ArubaOS-CX Network Operating System
Describe and configure VLANs
Explain, describe and configure Spanning Tree Protocol
Understand when to use VRRP and how to configure it
Explain and configure Link Aggregation
Understand and configure IP Routing
Explain IP Subnetting
Understand and configure OSPFv2 – Single Area
Describe and configure Switch Stacking using VSF
Configuration of Aruba solutions using Secure Management and Maintenance methodologies
Manage, monitor, administer and operate Aruba solutions using Aruba's NetEdit tool

  • Network Fundamentals

  • What is a network?
    What is a Protocol?
    OSI Reference Model
    Encapsulation, frames, packets, segments
    Layer 2 to Layer 7 headers
    Media, cabling, Ethernet/wifi headers
    Binary/Hex/Decimal theory and conversion
    TCP/IP Stack (IP addressing & Transport Protocols TCP/UDP)
    Types of traffic: Unicast, Broadcast, Multicast

  • TCP/IP Stack

  • Overview
    Ethernet frames
    IPv4 Header
    TCP Header – Three-way Handshake
    TCP Header – Sequence Numbers
    TCP Header – Port Numbers
    TCP Header
    UPD Header

  • Basic Networking with Aruba Solutions

  • Networking devices: Switches, Routers, Multilayer Switches, APs, Mobility Controllers, Firewalls, Servers (HTTP, DHCP, DNS, Telnet, FTP)
    2-Tier vs 3-Tier hierarchy
    Switching Portfolio (AOS switches & AOS-CX switches) is this introducing both portfolio on a couple of slide and few slides on AOS-CX hardware architecture, software architecture and intro to NAE high level.
    Introduction to AOS-CX and feature set
    Port numbering
    Accessing Aruba OS-CX CLI
    Prompt modes/levels and navigation
    Context sensitive help
    Show logs, configuration, interfaces, transceivers, flash, version
    Hostname/interface name, enabling interfaces
    Link Layer Discovery Protocol
    ICMP and reachability testing tools: Ping and Traceroute
    PoE (standards one slide and what we support and one or two slide on configuration and verifications.)

  • VLANs

  • Broadcast/collision domains
    VLAN benefits
    VLAN creation
    DHCP server configuration in switches (optional)
    802.1Q tagging
    Switchports vs. Routed ports
    MAC address table
    ARP table
    Packet Delivery part 1

  • Spanning Tree Protocol

  • Redundant network
    L2 loops
    Common Spanning Tree
    802.1w overview
    802.1w load balancing
    802.1w region configuration

  • Link Aggregation

  • Static Aggregation
    Load Balancing

  • IP Routing - Part 1

  • Default Gateway
    DHCP IP Helper Address
    IP Routing Service
    Inter-VLAN routing
    Packet Delivery Part 2
    Need for layer 3 redundancy
    Introduction to VRF

  • VRRP

  • VRRP overview
    VRRP basic operation
    VRRP failover and preempt
    VRRP and MSTP coordination

  • IP Routing - Part 2

  • Subnetting
    Static routes
    Administrative Distance
    Floating routes
    Scalability issues

  • IP Routing - Part 3

  • IGP vs EGP
    Distance Vector vs Link State
    OSPF Router-ID and Hello Messages
    Passive interfaces
    DR and BDR
    LSDB: LSA 1 and 2
    Path selection and convergence
    Using cost to manipulate routes

  • Stacking

  • Control Plane, Management Plane, and Data Plane
    Introduction to Stacking technologies
    Stacking Benefits
    Centralized control and management plane
    Distributed Data Plane and Distributed Link Aggregation
    VSF requirements
    VSF Link and member roles
    VSF member IDs and port numbers
    VSF Configuration
    VSF Provisioning use cases
    Tracing Layer 2 traffic: Unicast
    Tracing Layer 2 traffic: Broadcast, Multicast, and Unknown Unicast
    VSF Failover and OSFP Graceful-Restart
    VSF Link failure without MAD
    VSX Introduction

  • Secure Management and Maintenance

  • OOBM port
    Management VRF
    Secure Management Protocols: AAA, SSH, HTTPS, RBAC
    Radius-based management auth (VSA)
    Web interface
    Configuration file management (Backup, restore, checkpoint and roll back)
    Operating System image management (backup and restore)
    Factory default/password recovery

  • AOS-CX Management tools

  • Intro to NetEdit
    NetEdit installation
    Basic monitoring with NetEdit
    AOS-CX Mobile App


Ideal candidates are IT Professionals who deploy small-to-medium scale enterprise network solutions based on Aruba products and technologies.




While there are no prerequisites for this course, please ensure you have the right level of experience to be successful in this training.


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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