Bulk Import AP Config's

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Currently upgrading school sites with new access points. They have SSID for the room number designated (so if there is an AP in room 312, the SSID is 'AP-Rm312' for simplicity), also we are not including the old policy with these new AP's, and also mapping them on different maps than before, so basically the old config cannot be used. As of now, we have to copy all of this over from a spreadsheet we made out of the MAC and Room number, into HiveManager, again matching the MAC address since new Ap's come online with a default SSID which we configure to the room number, etc. 

I was wondering if there was a Batch file, or some sort of bulk option to configure these new AP's sorting from the MAC preferably, as that seems the most ideal / logical from my point of view. I have read through the threads here, and else ware, and couldn't find anything.  

I know for Cisco Call Manager there is a bulking option, where you can type in the information onto a page and it imports all of the information, without having to go into each device. Is there any sort of program, or option within Hivemanager itself to do this?

Thanks guys!

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Some additional information, there is 70+ sites with 50 - 100 AP's per site. 
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Good Afternoon Hunter,
Honestly, the best practice for design would be to use a single SSID.  From a practical standpoint, the objective should be to administer networks not devices - placing individual SSIDs out there gets into device management vs network management.  Likely there is a potential for flapping of connections, as well.

The way that Aerohive is structured for deployments, in both HMNG and HMOL, the only time that an SSID would need to be changed would be when there's a difference in security for authentication (e.g. WPA2 vs WPA2-PPSK vs Open with CWP).  With collaborative control, you'd especially want to minimize SSIDs and simply leverage, first Group Policy, and second [potentially] load balancing.

Lastly, in order to associate secondary SSIDs, and not have to disable them manually on the AP, you'd need to have separate Network Policies configured.

In HMOL the import functionality to import and rename should be present; which allows you to specify your configurations when the APs check-in and provision.  Again, if you try to accomplish what it sounds like you're trying to accomplish, you'd need to have separate network policies for each SSID.  In HMNG, the best I can tell, you're afforded the ability to import devices, but not necessarily able to assign the same options you can with HMOL out of the gate.
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Sorry, Hostnames, not SSID I apologize. The SSID's are not being changed at all from that aspect of the design, as they are all on the same combined network with the school network (and policies), just different sites.
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As Matt advised in HMOL there is an option in "Add Devices" to import a CSV file with a large number of access point parameters:


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Everything is configured and added already. (Under Monitor not configuration tab) We are unplugging old AP's, deleting the entries, plugging the new ones in, then selecting the AP > Modify, then manually typing the Hostname, Location, selecting the Device Classification Tag, Topology Map location, and the Radio Profiles (2.4 and 5).
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That is how I would do it if I only had a few access points to replace but would you do it manually if you were replacing 75 access points, for example?

By creating the CSV file with each of the 75 new access point's settings all you need to do it:

  • Remove the 75 old access points from the HiveManager
  • Import the CSV file
  • Connect the 75 new access points to the network
If you have selected the "When connecting to HiveManager for the first time, upload specific device configurations to your devices" option the new access points should have their configurations pushed to them as they connect.

Lastly, you will need to place the access points into their correct locations on the maps. 
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I will have to look into that. Thank you again 
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