Creating an MVE Integrated with Aruba Manually
This topic describes how to manually create and configure a Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE) with Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN. Before you begin, you need user accounts with ordering permissions that provide access to the Megaport Portal and to Aruba.
Aruba provides documentation for their SD-WAN product, including Orchestrator and cloud connections, at Aruba (SilverPeak) Documentation Library.
This section provides an overview of the configuration steps in Aruba Orchestrator and the Megaport Portal. The basic steps are:
- Obtain a license from Aruba.
- Create the Aruba MVE in the Megaport Portal.
- View the MVE public IP address assignment in the Megaport Portal.
- Configure the Aruba EdgeConnect (EC-V) in Aruba Orchestrator.
- Apply the license to the EC-V.
The next sections provide details.
Before you create an MVE in the Megaport Portal, you need to buy a valid EdgeConnect SD-WAN license from Aruba. All licenses are managed by the Aruba Cloud Portal.
Creating an MVE in the Megaport Portal
Before you create an MVE, you need to determine the best location - one that supports MVE and one that is in the most compatible metro area. You can connect multiple locations to an individual MVE. For location details, see Planning Your Deployment.
You can deploy multiple MVEs within the same metropolitan area for redundancy or capacity reasons.
To create an MVE
- In the Megaport Portal, go to the Services page.
Click Create MVE.
Select the MVE location.
Select a location geographically close to your target branch and/or on-premises locations.
The country you choose must be a market in which you have already registered.
If you haven’t registered a billing market in the location where you will deploy the MVE, follow the procedure in Enabling Billing Markets.
To search for your local market in the list, enter a country in the Country Filter or a metro region detail in the Search filter.
Select Aruba EC-V and the software version.
MVE requires Aruba Orchestrator version 9 or later. If you create an MVE with an earlier version of EC-V, you must immediately upgrade to version 9.
Specify the MVE details.
MVE Name – Enter a name for the MVE that is easily identifiable, particularly if you plan on provisioning more than one. This name appears in the Megaport Portal.
Size – Select a size from the drop-down list. The list displays all sizes that match the CPU capacity at the selected location. The sizes support varying numbers of concurrent connections, and individual partner product metrics vary slightly. For sizing details, see Planning Your Deployment.
Partner managed accounts can associate a Partner Deal to a service with a minimum 12-month subscription. For details, see Associating a Deal With a Service.
Minimum Term – Select No Minimum Term to pay-as-you-go, or select a term of 12, 24, or 36 months. Longer terms result in a lower monthly rate. By default, a 12-month term is selected.
Partner and partner managed accounts select MVE subscriptions instead of MVE contract terms.
For details on contract terms, see MVE Pricing and Contract Terms.
Service Level Reference (optional) – Specify a unique identifying number for the MVE to be used for billing purposes, such as a cost center number or a unique customer ID. The service level reference number appears for each service under the Product section of the invoice. You can also edit this field for an existing service.
The transit VXC associated with the MVE is automatically updated with the MVE service level reference number.
Orchestrator Account Name – Enter the Account Name from Aruba Orchestrator. To view your Account Name, log in to Orchestrator and choose Orchestrator > Licensing | Cloud Portal.
Account Key – Enter the Account Key from Aruba Orchestrator. The key is linked to the Account Name. To view your Account Key, log in to Orchestrator and choose Orchestrator > Licensing | Cloud Portal. If a key isn’t visible in Orchestrator, click Generate Account Key.
System Tag (optional) – Aruba Orchestrator System Tags and preconfiguration templates register the EC-V with the Cloud Portal and Orchestrator, and enable Orchestrator to automatically accept and configure newly discovered EC-V appliances. If you created a preconfiguration template in Orchestrator, enter the System Tag you specified here.
Click Next to view the Summary screen.
The monthly rate is based on location and size.
Confirm the configuration and pricing and click Add MVE.
Click Create MVE to add more MVEs in other locations.
Review the Order Services agreement, and click Order Now.
- Click Save to save the configured MVE before placing the order.
- Click Add Promo Code to enter a promotional code, and click Add Code.
Ordering MVE provisions the appliance and assigns IP addresses from the Megaport SDN. The MVE provisioning takes only a few minutes to complete. The provisioning process spins up an Aruba EdgeConnect (EC-V).
Viewing the MVE public IP address assignment in the Megaport Portal
After creating the MVE, you can view it in the Megaport Portal.
To view an MVE in the Megaport Portal
- Go to the Services page.
As part of the MVE provisioning, Megaport creates a transit Virtual Cross Connect (VXC) to provide internet connectivity and to allow MVE to register and communicate with the Aruba SD-WAN overlay network. The overlay network is created and maintained by Aruba to provide secure tunnels from the branch locations. The transit VXC is a fixed size, based on the size of the MVE. You cannot modify or delete the transit VXC. The transit VXC icon differs from a standard VXC icon in the Megaport Portal, as shown in the image.
To view the public IP addresses assigned to the MVE
- Click the gear icon next to the transit VXC to Megaport Internet.
- Locate the public IP address (IPv4 or IPv6). These are the public IP addresses assigned to the MVE. Make a note of these addresses for use later.
Approve and upgrade the MVE EC-V appliance
After you create the new EC-V appliance, it will be visible under Discovered Appliances in Aruba Orchestrator. Next, you will accept it as a new appliance and upgrade its software to version 184.108.40.206_91199.
To approve and upgrade the new EC-V appliance
Before Aruba Orchestrator adds the EC-V to its list of managed appliances, you need to manually approve it.
Log in to your enterprise Aruba Orchestrator system.
Choose Configuration > Discovery | Discovered Appliances or click Appliances Discovered on the upper right of the screen.
You’ll see a new device awaiting approval.
- Click Approve next to the new device.
The Upgrade Appliance screen appears. MVE requires that you upgrade Aruba Orchestrator to a minimum of version 9 or later.
- Choose a 9.x software version from the drop-down list that is compatible with your version of Orchestrator.
- Click Upgrade & Reboot Appliance.
The upgrade and reboot process takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
- Click Close when the upgrade is complete.
- Click Refresh Discovery Information in the Discovered Devices screen to verify the new software version.
- Click Approve.
The Upgrade Appliance screen shows that no upgrades are available, confirming that Orchestrator is up to date.
- Click Skip.
- Click Run Manual Configuration Wizard in the Apply Appliance Preconfiguration screen.
You can also select a preconfiguration template, if available.
- Provide the appliance details:
- Hostname – Megaport assigns a hostname by default, however this is a free text field allowing you to assign an easily identifiable name for this appliance.
- Group – As required for your network, specify a group name for the appliance.
- Admin Password – Specify and confirm a secure password.
- Serial Number – This number is assigned by default.
The rest of the fields are optional.
- Click Next.
- Select a profile in the Deployment Profile drop-down list, or click Next to skip.
- (Optional) Click Add to add a loopback interface and IP address that meet your network requirements, or click Next.
- As required for your network, select Use SD-WAN Fabric Learned Routes and/or Automatically include local subnets and click Next.
- As required for your network, select or deselect the appropriate options under Add Business Intent Overlays to this Site and Select Template Groups to be applied to this Site.
Note that improper configuration of overlays and/or labels can result in Orchestrator communication errors. See the Aruba documentation for details.
- Click Apply.
The Appliance Wizard applies the configuration updates to the MVE EC-V appliance.
- Click Close.
The appliance is now managed via Aruba Orchestrator and you can view it in the list of Discovered Devices.
Now that you’ve deployed an MVE, the next step is to connect a VXC to a CSP, a local port, or a third-party network. You can optionally connect a physical Port to the MVE through a private VXC or connect to a service provider in the Megaport Marketplace.