Aruba Certified Mobility Associate (ACMA) – Notes

ModelAPClientTypeFirewall CapacityPOE Ports
7005161,024Physical2 GbpsN/A
7008161,024Physical2 GbpsN/A
7010322,048Physical4 Gbps12 Ports
7024322,048Physical4 Gbps24 Ports
7030644,096Physical8 GbpsN/A
72052568,912Physical12 GbpsN/A
7210512 CAP/RAP16,384Physical20 GbpsN/A
72201024 CAP/RAP24,576Physical40 GbpsN/A
72402048 CAP/RAP32,768Physical40 GbpsN/A
Virtual Mobility Controller
MC-VA-1010256VirtualN/A
MC-VA-5050800VirtualN/A
MC-VA-2502504,000VirtualN/A
MC-VA-1K1,00016,000VirtualN/A

Note: The Mobility Controller VA can be scaled by installing multiple instances of MC-VA-1K.
• 4x instances of MC-VA-1K install can scale up to 4,000 APs and 64,000 clients
• 6x instances of MC-VA-1K install can scale up to 6,000 APs and 96,000 clients


Aruba 7000 Series Mobility Controllers


Aruba 7200 Series Mobility Controllers


Usage per License Type

LicenseUsage BasisWhat Consumes One License
APAPAn AP license is required for each operational LAN-connected, mesh, or remote AP that is advertising at least one BSSID (virtual-AP).
PEFAPOne operational AP using one or more Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) features, such as intelligent application identification, policy-based traffic management and controls, or stateful user firewalls.
NOTE: The PEF license was called PEF-NG in some previous versions of ArubaOS.
PEFVControllerThe PEFV license allows a network administrator to apply firewall policies to clients using a VPN to connect to the controller. This license is mandatory for the Aruba VIA VPN client, but optional for all other VPN clients. The PEFV license is purchased as a single license that enables the functionality up to the full user capacity of the controller.
RFprotectAPAn RFProtect (RFP) license is required for each operational AP using one or more RF Protect features, such as spectrum analysis and Wireless Intrusion Protection (WIP).
VMCAPIn ArubaOS 8.0.0.0, the VMC license is a non-sharable license required to install ArubaOS as a controller on a VM.
WebCCThe Web Content Classification (WebCC) license is a subscription-based, per-AP license that supports Web content classification features on an AP for the duration of the subscription period (up to 10 years per license.

Sharable vs Controller-Specific Licenses

Many licenses are consumed on a per-AP, or per-user basis, and are not unique to any specific hardware device. These sharable license types can be assigned to a licensing pool and used by any device within a group of managed devices. A non-sharable licenses is generated using a controller serial number, and can only be used by the individual controller for which it was generated. Both sharable and non-sharable licenses are installed using Mobility Master, allowing network administrators with root-level access to remotely add licenses to any licensing pool or managed devices on the network. For more information on adding a license to a remote managed device.


Evaluation vs Permanent Licenses

Each license can be either an evaluation or a permanent license. A permanent license permanently enables the desired software module on a specific Aruba controller. You obtain permanent licenses through the sales order process only. Permanent software license keys are sent to you via email.

An evaluation license allows you to evaluate the unrestricted functionality of a software module on a specific controller for 90 days (in three 30-day increments). Evaluation licenses are added to Mobility Master and made sharable within a licensing pool. An expired evaluation license will remain in the license database until the controller is reset using the command write erase all, where all license keys are removed. An expired evaluation license has no impact on the normal operation of the controller, but it is kept in the license database to prevent abuse.


Perpetual vs Subscription Licenses

A perpetual license is a purchased license with no end date; once installed, it does not expire. Most purchased licenses are perpetual licenses. The Web Content and Classification (WebCC) license is a subscription license that enables WebCC features only for the duration of the subscription (1,3,5,7 or 10 years). The subscription time period starts from the time license key is generated from the licensing Web site. Thirty days before the license period expires, an alert appears in the banner in the Mobility Master WebUI, warning the user that the license is ready to expire. After the license expiration date is passed, the license continues to operate as an active license for an extended grace period of 120 days. After this final grace period elapses, the license permanently expires.

 Subscription licenses cannot be renewed. Once a license subscription expires, a new license subscription key must be generated and installed on Mobility Master.

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