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Exam ID HPE0-A118P
Exam type Performance based
Exam duration 8 hours
Passing score 75%
Delivery languages English
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Exam description

This practical exam tests your ability to design a secure campus WLAN, remote access and management solution for an enterprise mobility project using Aruba OS (AOS) 6.4. Candidates prove their ability to design solutions that include designing for redundancy, WLAN SSIDs, user roles/policies, QoS design, network security, authentication, integration with existing infrastructure and complete a Visual RF exercise for RF Planning estimating AP counts on a floorplan.

Ideal candidate for this exam

Ideal candidates for this exam 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, Access Point, Instant, ClearPass and AirWave products for secure, guest and voice deployments. Candidates should have familiarity with AOS 6.4, Visual RF Plan 7.7, Aruba Instant, ClearPass and AirWave.

Exam contents

Here are types of questions to expect:
  • Other - This is a scenario based practical exam.

Advice to help you take this exam

  • It is highly recommended that candidates follow the ACDX design track and complete all recommended training and review course materials when preparing for the exam.
  • It is also highly recommended that candidates read the Aruba Validated Reference Design (VRD) Guides for design best practices.
  • An ACMP certification is a required pre-requisite for this certification exam.
  • 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 alone does not ensure you will pass the exam.
  • Laptops will be provided for the student and only those devices will be allowed during the exam. The exam is completed using the following software tools:
    • Microsoft Word
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Microsoft Visio
    • VisualRF Plan 7.7
  • The following documents will be provided on the laptop as reference material:
    • HPE Price List
    • Aruba VRDs
    • Aruba Visio Stencils
    • Controller and AP Datasheets


This exam tests your skills on:

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.  
•    Provide 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),
•    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 optimized the network for mobile and BYOD devices.



Spreadsheet Design Plan
•    Provide a detailed Bill of Materials (BOM) listing Controller Models, APs, AMs, SMs, Mesh APs, license types and counts. Indicate the necessary servers such as AirWave and ClearPass 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.


Visio Network Diagram
•    Determine appropriate placement of Aruba equipment in a Visio Network diagram in the access, distribution, core, or DMZ of the network diagram.
•    Utilize Aruba Visio stencils to correctly identify Aruba Controllers, APs and Servers in a Network Diagram.



RF Plans
•    Use Aruba VisualRF 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 plan floor plan.
•    Given a customer floorplan, create a Visual RF plan and export the RF as a customer deliverable.

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