Exam ID HPE0-A121P
Exam type Performance based
Exam duration 8 hours
Passing score 70%
Delivery languages English
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The HPE6-A49 ACDX Written Exam is required to be passed before the practical exam.  Once the written is passed, you will only have 18 months to pass the ACDX Practical Exam. Candidates who do not pass the ACDX Practical Exam within 18 months will have to retake the current ACDX Written Exam. HPE recommends that you register for the ACDX Practical Exam within 12 months of passing the written exam to ensure that you pass in the allotted 18-month timeframe.

Exam description

This practical exam tests your ability to design a secure campus wired, wireless, remote access and management solution for an enterprise mobility project using Aruba OS (AOS) 8.3 and Aruba Switches OS 16.06. Candidates create design solutions that include redundancy, WLAN SSIDs, user roles/policies, QoS design, network security, authentication and integration with existing infrastructure. Candidates will complete an IRIS BOM, IRIS network diagram and a VRF diagram for RF planning.  

Ideal candidate for this exam

Ideal candidates are networking IT professionals with a minimum of three to five years’ experience in designing complex enterprise-level mobile first networks. Candidates should have familiarity with building a detailed bill of materials using the Aruba Controller, Aruba switches, Access Point, Instant, ClearPass and AirWave products for secure, guest and voice deployments. Candidates are familiar with AOS 8.3, Airwave Visual RF Plan 8.7, Aruba Instant, ClearPass, AirWave and Central management.

Exam contents

Here are types of questions to expect:
  • Other - Performance Based

Advice to help you take this exam

  • Complete the training and review all course materials and documents before you take the exam.
  • Use HPE Press study guides and additional reference materials; study guides, practice tests, and HPE books.
  • Exam items are based on expected knowledge acquired from job experience, an expected level of industry standard knowledge, or other prerequisites (events, supplemental materials, etc.).
  • Successful completion of the course or study materials alone, does not ensure you will pass the exam.


This exam validates that you can:
  • Provide a detailed Bill of Materials (BOM) listing MM, controller models, Aruba switches, line cards, transceivers, APs, AMs, SMs, Mesh APs, license types and counts. Indicate the equipment per MDF/IDF closets. Specify the necessary servers such as AirWave and ClearPass, Meridian with licensing specified for a given scenario.
  • Determine encryption and authentication including role based access control (RBAC) requirements for a Secure or Guest WLAN to meet customer requirements and Aruba best practices.
  • Design detailed Aruba firewall policies including aliases for a guest, voice and secure WLAN to meet customer requirements.
Essay Questions 
  • Answer typical customer questions on Aruba solutions including enterprise Campus Design, Remote Access, VIA and RAP solutions, Aruba Instant and Cloud based solutions, AirWave and Aruba Central management solutions and Meridian features.  
  • Provide a technical explanation of AP to Controller data-plane and control plane communications, Controller Discovery Mechanisms and priorities, design of Aruba mobility Solutions (Layer 2 and Layer 3 mobility). Switching features such as VSF and stacking.
  • Provide detailed and comprehensive explanation of secure and guest Aruba WLAN technologies such as AppRF, WIPS, RF Protect, and ClearPass.  Additionally explain the underlying dependencies, advantages and disadvantages of each solution.
  • Explain QOS and voice prioritization technologies to optimize the network for mobile and BYOD devices.
AirWave Visual RF 
  • Use the AirWave Visual RF Plan tool to create an RF design to meet the customer requirements and Aruba best practices.
  • Move APs and AMs to the appropriate high density WLAN locations on a VisualRF floor plan.
  • Create a Visual RF plan and export the RF as a customer deliverable on a given customer floor plan.
IRIS Network Diagram 
  • Determine appropriate placement of Aruba equipment in IRIS topology diagram. Place the proper equipment into the MDF/IDF groups for access, distribution, core, or DMZ of the network diagram.
  • Make the connections between devices, switches to switch, switch to AP, MC, MM and servers