Aruba ClearPass Server – Initial configuration (Part 2)

This is the second part of the ClearPass appliance deployment. You can find the first part here. In this section we take a look at the initial deployment settings once it has been deployed and powered on.

Once it is booted you can selected one of four editions (Select number):

CLABV is for testing and POC, the C1000v-3000v is more for performance testing or mimicking a production environment. So in this case I will go with the first one since I am just setting it up as a lab for now.

This will set the version and determine the system configuration. Enter yes to continue.After that you will be asked if you want to encrypt the data. I went with the default here, in any case if you press no it can be changed later.

Next it goes off to initialise the disks and setting up things (and copying files which may take a while). Also keep in mind that the system will reboot a few times. You might want to take a note of which MAC is associated with which vmnic. Once it is done copying files  you will be at a login prompt and you can access the  CLI with the user appadmin and the default pw (eTIPS123).

Once you are logged in you will be prompted for some system specific information:

  • Hostname
  • Management port IP Address
  • Mgmt subnet
  • Mgmt GW
  • Data port IP address (Optional)
  • Data subnet (Optional)
  • Data GW (Optional)
  • Primary and Secondary DNS

At the end you are prompted for a new password.

At the end you are then asked if you want to configure time settings, this is of course a good idea if possible at all and to avoid manual settings there. You are also asked if you wante to set the time zone and finally if you want to enable FIPS mode (Federal servers) I selected no there.

Finally you are then given an overview of what will be configured and if all is ok. If yes, then go ahead and continue.

That system then goes ahead and configures the settings as entered and hopefully you can soon reach the system on the network. and the configuration continues.

After 4-5 minutes the system is ready and you can log in with the appadmin user and your new password.

You now have the logon web screen and should be able to login.

Once you have the Clearpass server deployed you should have the following screen from the IP or FQDN you set in part 2:

Click on ClearPass Policy Manager. You are prompted to accept the terms and conditions. Next you need to add your license key.


Once that is done you need to activate the license online within 90 days.

After that is completed you are presented with the default screen for ClearPass Policy Manager.

On the left side you have access to Dashboard, configuration, Monitoring, and Administration.

That’s it, you have installed the Aruba CPPM.