The Early Deployment release software from ArubaOS 18.104.22.168 has been released. I looked into the release notes and found some interesting new features.
- Cellular Handoff Assist is Configurable Per Virtual AP: The cellular handoff assist feature can help a dual-mode, 3G/4G-capable Wi-Fi device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android client at the edge of Wi-Fi network coverage switch from Wi-Fi to an alternate 3G/4G radio that provides better network access. This setting can now be applied to individual virtual APs via the WLAN virtual-ap profile.
- Plug and Play 4G USB Modem: ArubaOS 22.214.171.124 supports the USB modem Plug and Play. The controller auto-configures the 4G USB modem as soon as the user plugs in the modem into an AP or a RAP.
- Support for Secondary AP Master: Starting from ArubaOS 126.96.36.199, seamless connectivity is provided even when the master controller fails, by allowing an access point to terminate on a secondary master controller.
- Customizing Authentication Reply-Message to Captive Portal Users: ArubaOS 188.8.131.52 introduces the support for customizing authentication Reply-Message to captive portal users in the log-in page for better user experience. The purpose behind the Reply-Message is to return appropriate information to the captive portal system.
- Multi-Version Licensing: ArubaOS 184.108.40.206 supports multi-version licensing, which allows centralized licensing clients to run a different version of the license than that of the primary and backup licensing servers. If a license is introduced in a newer version of ArubaOS, the primary and backup licensing servers set can still distribute licenses to licensing clients running an older version of ArubaOS, even if the licensing client does not recognize the newer license type.
- Subscription-Based Web Content Classification License: ArubaOS 220.127.116.11 introduces support for the Web Content Classification (WebCC) license; 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).
- NTP Standalone: NTP standalone feature enables an Aruba controller to act as an NTP server so that the devices that do not have access to Internet can synchronize their clocks. Enabling this feature eliminates the need to provision and maintain another virtual machine on the network.
- Geo-Location Filtering: Starting from ArubaOS 18.104.22.168, to support IP-classification-based firewall, an IP reputation database containing a list of IP addresses with malicious activities is introduced. This helps in rejecting the traffic sent to or received from those IP addresses classified as malicious based on the policy configured. Using the geolocation IP database, the geographical location of the malicious IP address is also determined, and traffic is permitted or denied after scanning the geography-based rules configured by the administrator.
- Wi-Fi Calling: ArubaOS 22.214.171.124 supports Wi-Fi Calling in the controller. Wi-Fi calling service allows cellular users to make or receive calls using a Wi-Fi network instead of using the carrier’s cellular network.
- Blocked Session: Starting from ArubaOS 126.96.36.199, a new tab called Blocked Sessions is added in the Traffic Analysis page. The Blocked Sessions tab displays WebCC and AppRF sessions which are blocked by access control list (ACL) through system logging or that blocked on the WebUI interface.
The release notes can be downloaded here.
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René Jorissen works as Solution Specialist for 4IP in the Netherlands. Network Infrastructures are the primary focus. René works with equipment of multiple vendors, like Cisco, Aruba Networks, FortiNet, HP Networking, Juniper Networks, RSA SecurID, AeroHive, Microsoft and many more. René is Aruba Certified Edge Expert (ACEX #26), Aruba Certified Mobility Expert (ACMX #438), Aruba Certified ClearPass Expert (ACCX #725), Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX #760), CCNP R&S, FCNSP and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEF) certified.
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