- ASDT is a free Windows-based application that scans your network for Aruba switches and displays them in a graphical interface. It uses SNMP and LLDP protocols to discover switches and collect information such as IP address, MAC address, model, firmware version, serial number, and port status.
- ASDT allows you to view more details about each switch, export switch data to CSV or XML files, and launch the web interface of the switches for further configuration. It supports ArubaOS-Switch, ArubaOS-CX, and Aruba Instant On switches.
- ASDT can help you save time and effort by finding and identifying your Aruba switches in one place. You can download the tool from the [Aruba Support Portal] and follow the steps in the post to use it. The post also provides some frequently asked questions and answers related to ASDT.
If you are using Aruba switches on your network, you might want to know how to discover them and manage them from a central location. This can help you monitor their performance, troubleshoot issues, and configure settings. However, finding and identifying Aruba switches on your network can be challenging, especially if you have a large or complex network topology.
In this blog post, I will show you how to use a free tool called Aruba Switch Discovery Tool (ASDT) to discover Aruba switches on your network. I will also explain how to use the tool to view switch information, export switch data, and launch the web interface of the switches. By the end of this post, you will be able to discover and manage your Aruba switches with ease.
What is Aruba Switch Discovery Tool?
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Aruba Switch Discovery Tool is a Windows-based application that scans your network for Aruba switches and displays them in a graphical interface. It uses SNMP and LLDP protocols to discover switches and collect information such as IP address, MAC address, model, firmware version, serial number, and port status. You can also use the tool to export switch data to CSV or XML files, or launch the web interface of the switches for further configuration.
The tool is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, and Server 2012 or later. It supports ArubaOS-Switch, ArubaOS-CX, and Aruba Instant On switches. You can download the tool for free from the Aruba Support Portal.
How to Use Aruba Switch Discovery Tool?
To use Aruba Switch Discovery Tool, you need to follow these steps:
- Download and install the tool from the Aruba Support Portal. You will need an account to access the portal. If you don’t have one, you can create one for free.
- Launch the tool from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut. You will see the main window of the tool.
- Click on the Scan button to start scanning your network for Aruba switches. You can also specify a range of IP addresses or subnets to scan by clicking on the Settings button and entering the values in the Scan Range tab.
- Wait for the scan to complete. The tool will display the number of switches found and their details in a table format. You can sort, filter, or search the table by clicking on the column headers or using the search box.
- To view more information about a switch, select it from the table and click on the Details button. You will see a pop-up window with additional information such as switch name, location, uptime, CPU usage, memory usage, VLANs, ports, and neighbors. You can also view a graphical representation of the switch ports by clicking on the Ports tab.
- To export switch data to a CSV or XML file, select one or more switches from the table and click on the Export button. You can choose which columns to include in the export file by clicking on the Settings button and selecting the columns in the Export Columns tab.
- To launch the web interface of a switch, select it from the table and click on the Web button. This will open your default browser and direct you to the login page of the switch. You will need to enter your username and password to access the web interface.
- To close the tool, click on the Exit button or close the main window.
What are the Benefits of Using Aruba Switch Discovery Tool?
Using Aruba Switch Discovery Tool can help you with several tasks related to managing your Aruba switches:
- You can quickly and easily discover all Aruba switches on your network without having to manually scan each IP address or subnet.
- You can view important information about your switches such as model, firmware version, serial number, port status, and neighbors in one place.
- You can export switch data to CSV or XML files for documentation or analysis purposes.
- You can launch the web interface of your switches directly from the tool without having to remember or type their IP addresses.
- You can troubleshoot issues or configure settings on your switches using their web interface.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions and answers related to Aruba Switch Discovery Tool:
Question: Do I need to enable SNMP or LLDP on my switches to use ASDT?
Answer: Yes, you need to enable SNMP and LLDP on your switches for ASDT to discover them and collect information from them. You can enable SNMP and LLDP using their web interface or CLI commands.
Question: Can I use ASDT to discover other devices on my network besides Aruba switches?
Answer: No, ASDT is designed specifically for discovering Aruba switches only. It will not detect other devices such as routers, firewalls, servers, printers, etc.
Question: Can I use ASDT to configure or update my switches?
Answer: No, ASDT is not a configuration or update tool. It only displays information about your switches and allows you to launch their web interface. You need to use their web interface or CLI commands to configure or update your switches.
Question: How can I get support or provide feedback for ASDT?
Answer: You can get support or provide feedback for ASDT by contacting Aruba Support or posting on the Aruba Community Forum. You can also check the ASDT User Guide for more information and troubleshooting tips.
Aruba Switch Discovery Tool is a handy tool for discovering and managing your Aruba switches on your network. It can help you save time and effort by scanning your network for switches, displaying their information, exporting their data, and launching their web interface. You can download the tool for free from the Aruba Support Portal and start using it today.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed by Aruba Networks. The information and opinions expressed in this post are based on my own research and experience. Please use the tool at your own risk and discretion.