Monday, December 12, 2011

How To Reset an Aruba Networks AP105 to Factory Defaults?

Yup, I screwed up. I tried to program an Aruba AP105 without doing my homework first. At the time, I was in a hurry and took the easy way out. I used my spare radio. However, as any good geek knows you should never leave your only available spare in a non working state. So, I set off on a journey to find out how to reset the factory defaults on my access point.

Truthfully, I cheated. I asked a support technician at the end of a call for an unrelated ticket. My pride prevents me from opening a ticket before I do any research and I was to lazy to do the research. If you are actually still reading this than you are substantially more motivated than I was.

I did find a link to a very hand set of generic instructions for Resetting Aruba AP to factory default from Enterprise Network Solutions. I have reposted their content with some minor adjustments to make the instructions specific to the AP105.

If you need to reset your Aruba AP105 to factory default it's really simple.

  1. Connect the serial console breakout adapter cable to the AP Ethernet port and your PC/Laptop
  2. Power on the AP and get into apboot mode. You'll see the option to go into AP boot mode when the AP is booting. You will have to press Enter within a 1 second window so pay attention to console messages during bootup.
  3. From the apboot prompt, enter the following commands
    apboot> factory_reset
    apboot> purgeenv
    apboot> save
    apboot> boot

That's it! Your Aruba AP's will now be set back to factory default.

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