ClearPass Essentials Course

CPE Aruba ClearPass Essentials

ClearPass Essentials Course

Aruba ClearPass Essentials (CPE) Instructor Led Training (ILT)

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CPE Course Overview

The Aruba ClearPass Essentials (CPE) course prepares attendees with the foundation skills and knowledge in Network Access Control using the ClearPass product portfolio. The 5-day Instructor Led Training (ILT) provides classroom based, interactive learning with modules and labs designed to teach attendees the major features of the product portfolio. Attendees will learn how to setup ClearPass as a AAA server and configure the Policy Manager, Guest, OnGuard and OnBoard feature sets. The CPE class also covers integration with external Active Directory (AD) servers, Monitoring and Reporting, as well as best practices.

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  • Related Certifications: Aruba Certified ClearPass Expert (ACCX) V6.5, Aruba Certified ClearPass Professional (ACCP) V6.5 and Aruba Certified ClearPass Associate (ACCA) V6.5
  • Price: Contact us for Aruba partner and customer discounts.
  • SpectroTech also accepts Aruba Training Credits and Vouchers.
  • Duration: 5 days, Classroom – Instructor Led Training (ILT)
  • Availability: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide. Onsite (customer premises) available for minimum 6 people.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Who is this course suited to?

The CPE course is suited to network professionals looking to build their foundation knowledge of the ClearPass product portfolio, those looking to achieve ACCA, ACCP and/or ACCX certification.


Introduction to ClearPass

  • BYOD
  • High Level Overview
  • Posture and Profiling
  • Guest and Onboard

ClearPass for AAA

  • Policy Service Rules
  • Authentication Authorisation and Roles
  • Enforcement Policy and Profiles

Authentication and Security Concepts

  • Authentication Types
  • Servers
  • Radius COA
  • Active Directory
  • Certificates

Introduction to NAD

  • NAD Devices
  • Adding NAD to ClearPass
  • Network Device Groups
  • Network Device Attributes
  • Aruba Controller as NAD
  • Aruba Switch
  • Aruba Instant

Monitoring and Troubleshooting

  • Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Logging
  • Policy Simulation

ClearPass Insight

  • Insight Dashboard
  • Insight Reports
  • Insight Alerts
  • Insight Search
  • Insight Administration
  • Insight Replication

Active Directory

  • Adding AD as Auth Source
  • Joining AD domain
  • Using AD services

External Authentication

  • Multiple AD domains
  • LDAP
  • Static Host Lists
  • SQL Database
  • External Radius Server


  • Guest Account Creation
  • Web Login Pages
  • Guest Service Configuration
  • Self-registration Pages
  • Configuration NADS for Guest
  • Guest Manager Deep Dive
  • Web Login Deep Dive
  • Sponsor Approval
  • MAC Caching


  • Introduction to Onboard
  • Basic Onboard Setup
  • Onboard Deepdive
  • Single SSID Onboarding
  • Dual SSID Onboarding


  • Introduction to Profiling
  • Endpoint Analysis Deep Dive


  • Introduction to Posture
  • Posture Deployment Options
  • OnGuard Agent Health Collection
  • OnGuard Workflow
  • 802.1X with Posture using Persistent/Dissolvable Agent
  • OnGuard Web Login
  • Monitoring and Updates

Operation and Admin Users

  • Operations
  • Admin Users

Clustering and Redundancy

  • Clustering
  • Redundancy
  • LAB


  • ClearPass Licensing
  • Base License
  • Applications

Single Sign-On

  • Deployment Options
  • Admin Login SSO
  • Access Network SSO
  • ASO-Auto-Sign On
  • Configuration and Demo

ClearPass Exchange

  • Introduction
  • Examples
  • General HTTP Palo Alto Firewall
  • Configuration

Case Study

  • Objectives
  • Discussion
  • Advanced Labs Overview

Course Objectives

After you successfully complete the CPE course, attendees will be able to:

  • Setup ClearPass as a AAA server
  • Demonstrate Configuration of Guest, Onguard, Onboard and Profiling features
  • Integrate with External AD servers
  • Understand Monitoring and Reporting
  • Demonstrate Scaling  and Deploying Best Practices

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