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Aruba_airwave Adapter

This adapter is used to integrate the Itential Automation Platform (IAP) with the Aruba_airwave System. The API for Aruba_airwave is available at [undefined API URL]. The adapter utilizes the Aruba_airwave API to provide the integrations that are deemed pertinent to IAP. This ReadMe file is intended to provide information on this adapter.

Note: It is possible that some integrations will be supported through the Aruba_airwave adapter while other integrations will not.

Itential provides information on all of its product adapters in the Customer Knowledge Base. Information in the Customer Knowledge Base is consistently maintained and goes through documentation reviews. As a result, it should be the first place to go for information.

For custom built adapters, it is a starting point to understand what you have built, provide the information for you to be able to update the adapter, and assist you with deploying the adapter into IAP.


Itential Product adapters utilize SemVer for versioning. The current version of the adapter can be found in the package.json file or viewed in the IAP GUI on the System page. For Open Source Adapters, the versions available can be found in the Itential OpenSource Repository.

Release History

Any release prior to 1.0.0 is a pre-release. Initial builds of adapters are generally set up as pre-releases as there is often work that needs to be done to configure the adapter and make sure the authentication process to Aruba_airwave works appropriately.

Release notes can be viewed in CHANGELOG.md or in the Customer Knowledge Base for Itential adapters.

Getting Started

These instructions will help you get a copy of the project on your local machine for development and testing. Reading this section is also helpful for deployments as it provides you with pertinent information on prerequisites and properties.

Adapter Technical Resources

There is adapter documentation available on the Itential Developer Site HERE. This documentation includes information and examples that are helpful for:

Code Files
Action Files
Schema Files
Mock Data Files
Linting and Testing

Others will be added over time. Want to build a new adapter? Use the Adapter Builder HERE

Environment Prerequisites

The following is a list of required packages for an adapter.


Adapter Prerequisites

The following list of packages are required for Itential product adapters or custom adapters that have been built utilizing the Itential Adapter Builder.

Package Description
@itentialopensource/adapter-utils Runtime library classes for all adapters; includes request handling, connection, throttling, and translation.
ajv Required for validation of adapter properties to integrate with Aruba_airwave.
fs-extra Utilized by the node scripts that are included with the adapter; helps to build and extend the functionality.
readline-sync Utilized by the testRunner script that comes with the adapter; helps to test unit and integration functionality.

Additional Prerequisites for Development and Testing

If you are developing and testing a custom adapter, or have testing capabilities on an Itential product adapter, you will need to install these packages as well.


Creating a Workspace

The following provides a local copy of the repository along with adapter dependencies.

git clone git@gitlab.com:\@itentialopensource/adapters/adapter-aruba_airwave
npm install

Adapter Properties and Descriptions

This section defines all the properties that are available for the adapter, including detailed information on what each property is for. If you are not using certain capabilities with this adapter, you do not need to define all of the properties. An example of how the properties for this adapter can be used with tests or IAP are provided in the Installation section.

    "properties": {
      "host": "system.access.resolved",
      "port": 443,
      "base_path": "/",
      "version": "v1",
      "cache_location": "local",
      "encode_pathvars": true,
      "save_metric": true,
      "stub": false,
      "protocol": "https",
      "authentication": {
        "auth_method": "basic user_password",
        "username": "username",
        "password": "password",
        "token": "token",
        "invalid_token_error": 401,
        "token_timeout": 0,
        "token_cache": "local",
        "auth_field": "header.headers.X-AUTH-TOKEN",
        "auth_field_format": "{token}"
      "healthcheck": {
        "type": "startup",
        "frequency": 300000
      "request": {
        "number_redirects": 0,
        "number_retries": 3,
        "limit_retry_error": [401],
        "failover_codes": [404, 405],
        "attempt_timeout": 5000,
        "global_request": {
          "payload": {},
          "uriOptions": {},
          "addlHeaders": {},
          "authData": {}
        "healthcheck_on_timeout": false,
        "return_raw": false,
        "archiving": false
      "ssl": {
        "ecdhCurve": "",
        "enabled": false,
        "accept_invalid_cert": false,
        "ca_file": "",
        "key_file": "",
        "cert_file": "",
        "secure_protocol": "",
        "ciphers": ""
      "throttle": {
        "throttle_enabled": false,
        "number_pronghorns": 1,
        "sync_async": "sync",
        "max_in_queue": 1000,
        "concurrent_max": 1,
        "expire_timeout": 0,
        "avg_runtime": 200,
        "priorities": []
      "proxy": {
        "enabled": false,
        "host": "localhost",
        "port": 9999,
        "protocol": "http"
      "mongo": {
        "host": "",
        "port": 0,
        "database": "",
        "username": "",
        "password": "",
        "replSet": "",
        "db_ssl": {
          "enabled": false,
          "accept_invalid_cert": false,
          "ca_file": "",
          "key_file": "",
          "cert_file": ""
    "type": "YOUR ADAPTER CLASS"

Connection Properties

These base properties are used to connect to Aruba_airwave upon the adapter initially coming up. It is important to set these properties appropriately.

Property Description
host Required. A fully qualified domain name or IP address.
port Required. Used to connect to the server.
base_path Optional. Used to define part of a path that is consistent for all or most endpoints. It makes the URIs easier to use and maintain but can be overridden on individual calls. An example base_path might be /rest/api. Default is ``.
version Optional. Used to set a global version for action endpoints. This makes it faster to update the adapter when endpoints change. As with the base-path, version can be overridden on individual endpoints. Default is ``.
cache_location Optional. Used to define where the adapter cache is located. The cache is used to maintain an entity list to improve performance. Storage locally is lost when the adapter is restarted. Storage in Redis is preserved upon adapter restart. Default is none which means no caching of the entity list.
encode_pathvars Optional. Used to tell the adapter to encode path variables or not. The default behavior is to encode them so this property can b e used to stop that behavior.
save_metric Optional. Used to tell the adapter to save metric information (this does not impact metrics returned on calls). This allows the adapter to gather metrics over time. Metric data can be stored in a database or on the file system.
stub Optional. Indicates whether the stub should run instead of making calls to Aruba_airwave (very useful during basic testing). Default is false (which means connect to Aruba_airwave).
protocol Optional. Notifies the adapter whether to use HTTP or HTTPS. Default is HTTP.

A connectivity check tells IAP the adapter has loaded successfully.

Authentication Properties

The following properties are used to define the authentication process to Aruba_airwave.

Note: Depending on the method that is used to authenticate with Aruba_airwave, you may not need to set all of the authentication properties.

Property Description
auth_method Required. Used to define the type of authentication currently supported. Authentication methods currently supported are: basic user_password, static_token, request_token, and no_authentication.
username Used to authenticate with Aruba_airwave on every request or when pulling a token that will be used in subsequent requests.
password Used to authenticate with Aruba_airwave on every request or when pulling a token that will be used in subsequent requests.
token Defines a static token that can be used on all requests. Only used with static_token as an authentication method (auth_method).
invalid_token_error Defines the HTTP error that is received when the token is invalid. Notifies the adapter to pull a new token and retry the request. Default is 401.
token_timeout Defines how long a token is valid. Measured in milliseconds. Once a dynamic token is no longer valid, the adapter has to pull a new token. If the token_timeout is set to -1, the adapter will pull a token on every request to Aruba_airwave. If the timeout_token is 0, the adapter will use the expiration from the token response to determine when the token is no longer valid.
token_cache Used to determine where the token should be stored (local memory or in Redis).
auth_field Defines the request field the authentication (e.g., token are basic auth credentials) needs to be placed in order for the calls to work.
auth_field_format Defines the format of the auth_field. See examples below. Items enclosed in {} inform the adapter to perofrm an action prior to sending the data. It may be to replace the item with a value or it may be to encode the item.

Examples of authentication field format

"Token {token}"
"Basic {b64}{username}:{password}{/b64}"

Healthcheck Properties

The healthcheck properties defines the API that runs the healthcheck to tell the adapter that it can reach Aruba_airwave. There are currently three types of healthchecks.

  • None - Not recommended. Adapter will not run a healthcheck. Consequently, unable to determine before making a request if the adapter can reach Aruba_airwave.
  • Startup - Adapter will check for connectivity when the adapter initially comes up, but it will not check afterwards.
  • Intermittent - Adapter will check connectivity to Aruba_airwave at a frequency defined in the frequency property.
Property Description
type Required. The type of health check to run.
frequency Required if intermittent. Defines how often the health check should run. Measured in milliseconds. Default is 300000.

Request Properties

The request section defines properties to help handle requests.

Property Description
number_redirects Optional. Tells the adapter that the request may be redirected and gives it a maximum number of redirects to allow before returning an error. Default is 0 - no redirects.
number_retries Tells the adapter how many times to retry a request that has either aborted or reached a limit error before giving up and returning an error.
limit_retry_error Optional. Can be either an integer or an array. Indicates the http error status number to define that no capacity was available and, after waiting a short interval, the adapter can retry the request. If an array is provvided, the array can contain integers or strings. Strings in the array are used to define ranges (e.g. "502-506"). Default is [0].
failover_codes An array of error codes for which the adapter will send back a failover flag to IAP so that the Platform can attempt the action in another adapter.
attempt_timeout Optional. Tells how long the adapter should wait before aborting the attempt. On abort, the adapter will do one of two things: 1) return the error; or 2) if healthcheck_on_timeout is set to true, it will abort the request and run a Healthcheck until it re-establishes connectivity to Aruba_airwave, and then will re-attempt the request that aborted. Default is 5000 milliseconds.
global_request Optional. This is information that the adapter can include in all requests to the other system. This is easier to define and maintain than adding this information in either the code (adapter.js) or the action files.
global_request -> payload Optional. Defines any information that should be included on all requests sent to the other system that have a payload/body.
global_request -> uriOptions Optional. Defines any information that should be sent as untranslated query options (e.g. page, size) on all requests to the other system.
global_request -> addlHeaders Optioonal. Defines any headers that should be sent on all requests to the other system.
global_request -> authData Optional. Defines any additional authentication data used to authentice with the other system. This authData needs to be consistent on every request.
healthcheck_on_timeout Required. Defines if the adapter should run a health check on timeout. If set to true, the adapter will abort the request and run a health check until it re-establishes connectivity and then it will re-attempt the request.
return_raw Optional. Tells the adapter whether the raw response should be returned as well as the IAP response. This is helpful when running integration tests to save mock data. It does add overhead to the response object so it is not ideal from production.
archiving Optional flag. Default is false. It archives the request, the results and the various times (wait time, Aruba_airwave time and overall time) in the adapterid_results collection in MongoDB. Although archiving might be desirable, be sure to develop a strategy before enabling this capability. Consider how much to archive and what strategy to use for cleaning up the collection in the database so that it does not become too large, especially if the responses are large.

SSL Properties

The SSL section defines the properties utilized for ssl authentication with Aruba_airwave. SSL can work two different ways: set the accept\_invalid\_certs flag to true (only recommended for lab environments), or provide a ca\_file.

Property Description
enabled If SSL is required, set to true.
accept_invalid_certs Defines if the adapter should accept invalid certificates (only recommended for lab environments). Required if SSL is enabled. Default is false.
ca_file Defines the path name to the CA file used for SSL. If SSL is enabled and the accept invalid certifications is false, then ca_file is required.
key_file Defines the path name to the Key file used for SSL. The key_file may be needed for some systems but it is not required for SSL.
cert_file Defines the path name to the Certificate file used for SSL. The cert_file may be needed for some systems but it is not required for SSL.
secure_protocol Defines the protocol (e.g., SSLv3_method) to use on the SSL request.
ciphers Required if SSL enabled. Specifies a list of SSL ciphers to use.
ecdhCurve During testing on some Node 8 environments, you need to set ecdhCurve to auto. If you do not, you will receive PROTO errors when attempting the calls. This is the only usage of this property and to our knowledge it only impacts Node 8 and 9.

Throttle Properties

The throttle section is used when requests to Aruba_airwave must be queued (throttled). All of the properties in this section are optional.

Property Description
throttle_enabled Default is false. Defines if the adapter should use throttling o rnot.
number_pronghorns Default is 1. Defines if throttling is done in a single Itential instance or whether requests are being throttled across multiple Itential instances (minimum = 1, maximum = 20). Throttling in a single Itential instance uses an in-memory queue so there is less overhead. Throttling across multiple Itential instances requires placing the request and queue information into a shared resource (e.g. database) so that each instance can determine what is running and what is next to run. Throttling across multiple instances requires additional I/O overhead.
sync-async This property is not used at the current time (it is for future expansion of the throttling engine).
max_in_queue Represents the maximum number of requests the adapter should allow into the queue before rejecting requests (minimum = 1, maximum = 5000). This is not a limit on what the adapter can handle but more about timely responses to requests. The default is currently 1000.
concurrent_max Defines the number of requests the adapter can send to Aruba_airwave at one time (minimum = 1, maximum = 1000). The default is 1 meaning each request must be sent to Aruba_airwave in a serial manner.
expire_timeout Default is 0. Defines a graceful timeout of the request session. After a request has completed, the adapter will wait additional time prior to sending the next request. Measured in milliseconds (minimum = 0, maximum = 60000).
average_runtime Represents the approximate average of how long it takes Aruba_airwave to handle each request. Measured in milliseconds (minimum = 50, maximum = 60000). Default is 200. This metric has performance implications. If the runtime number is set too low, it puts extra burden on the CPU and memory as the requests will continually try to run. If the runtime number is set too high, requests may wait longer than they need to before running. The number does not need to be exact but your throttling strategy depends heavily on this number being within reason. If averages range from 50 to 250 milliseconds you might pick an average run-time somewhere in the middle so that when Aruba_airwave performance is exceptional you might run a little slower than you might like, but when it is poor you still run efficiently.
priorities An array of priorities and how to handle them in relation to the throttle queue. Array of objects that include priority value and percent of queue to put the item ex { value: 1, percent: 10 }

Proxy Properties

The proxy section defines the properties to utilize when Aruba_airwave is behind a proxy server.

Property Description
enabled Required. Default is false. If Aruba_airwave is behind a proxy server, set enabled flag to true.
host Host information for the proxy server. Required if enabled is true.
port Port information for the proxy server. Required if enabled is true.
protocol The protocol (i.e., http, https, etc.) used to connect to the proxy. Default is http.

Mongo Properties

The mongo section defines the properties used to connect to a Mongo database. Mongo can be used for throttling as well as to persist metric data. If not provided, metrics will be stored in the file system.

Property Description
host Optional. Host information for the mongo server.
port Optional. Port information for the mongo server.
database Optional. The database for the adapter to use for its data.
username Optional. If credentials are required to access mongo, this is the user to login as.
password Optional. If credentials are required to access mongo, this is the password to login with.
replSet Optional. If the database is set up to use replica sets, define it here so it can be added to the database connection.
db_ssl Optional. Contains information for SSL connectivity to the database.
db_ssl -> enabled If SSL is required, set to true.
db_ssl -> accept_invalid_cert Defines if the adapter should accept invalid certificates (only recommended for lab environments). Required if SSL is enabled. Default is false.
db_ssl -> ca_file Defines the path name to the CA file used for SSL. If SSL is enabled and the accept invalid certifications is false, then ca_file is required.
db_ssl -> key_file Defines the path name to the Key file used for SSL. The key_file may be needed for some systems but it is not required for SSL.
db_ssl -> cert_file Defines the path name to the Certificate file used for SSL. The cert_file may be needed for some systems but it is not required for SSL.

Testing an Itential Product Adapter

Mocha is generally used to test all Itential Product Adapters. There are unit tests as well as integration tests performed. Integration tests can generally be run as standalone using mock data and running the adapter in stub mode, or as integrated. When running integrated, every effort is made to prevent environmental failures, however there is still a possibility.

Unit Testing

Unit Testing includes testing basic adapter functionality as well as error conditions that are triggered in the adapter prior to any integration. There are two ways to run unit tests. The prefered method is to use the testRunner script; however, both methods are provided here.

node utils/testRunner --unit

npm run test:unit

To add new unit tests, edit the test/unit/adapterTestUnit.js file. The tests that are already in this file should provide guidance for adding additional tests.

Integration Testing - Standalone

Standalone Integration Testing requires mock data to be provided with the entities. If this data is not provided, standalone integration testing will fail. When the adapter is set to run in stub mode (setting the stub property to true), the adapter will run through its code up to the point of making the request. It will then retrieve the mock data and return that as if it had received that data as the response from Aruba_airwave. It will then translate the data so that the adapter can return the expected response to the rest of the Itential software. Standalone is the default integration test.

Similar to unit testing, there are two ways to run integration tests. Using the testRunner script is better because it prevents you from having to edit the test script; it will also resets information after testing is complete so that credentials are not saved in the file.

node utils/testRunner
  answer no at the first prompt

npm run test:integration

To add new integration tests, edit the test/integration/adapterTestIntegration.js file. The tests that are already in this file should provide guidance for adding additional tests.

Integration Testing

Integration Testing requires connectivity to Aruba_airwave. By using the testRunner script it prevents you from having to edit the integration test. It also resets the integration test after the test is complete so that credentials are not saved in the file.

Note: These tests have been written as a best effort to make them work in most environments. However, the Adapter Builder often does not have the necessary information that is required to set up valid integration tests. For example, the order of the requests can be very important and data is often required for creates and updates. Hence, integration tests may have to be enhanced before they will work (integrate) with Aruba_airwave. Even after tests have been set up properly, it is possible there are environmental constraints that could result in test failures. Some examples of possible environmental issues are customizations that have been made within Aruba_airwave which change order dependencies or required data.

node utils/testRunner
answer yes at the first prompt
answer all other questions on connectivity and credentials

Test should also be written to clean up after themselves. However, it is important to understand that in some cases this may not be possible. In addition, whenever exceptions occur, test execution may be stopped, which will prevent cleanup actions from running. It is recommended that tests be utilized in dev and test labs only.

Reminder: Do not check in code with actual credentials to systems.

Installing an Itential Product Adapter

If you have App-Artifact installed in IAP, you can follow the instruction for that application to install the adapter into IAP. If not, follow these instructions.

  1. Set up the name space location in your IAP node_modules.
cd /opt/pronghorn/current/node_modules
if the @itentialopensource directory does not exist, create it:
   mkdir @itentialopensource
  1. Clone the adapter into your IAP environment.
cd \@itentialopensource
git clone git@gitlab.com:\@itentialopensource/adapters/adapter-aruba_airwave
  1. Install the dependencies for the adapter.
cd adapter-aruba_airwave
npm install
  1. If you are running IAP 2019.1 or older, add the adapter properties for Aruba_airwave (created from Adapter Builder) to the properties.json file for your Itential build. You will need to change the credentials and possibly the host information below. Aruba_airwave sample properties. If you are running IAP 2019.2 the adapter properties need to go into the database. You can review IAP documentation for how to do this.

  2. Restart IAP

systemctl restart pronghorn

Installing a Custom Adapter

If you built this as a custom adapter through the Adapter Builder, it is recommended you go through setting up a development environment and testing the adapter before installing it. There is often configuration and authentication work that is required before the adapter will work in IAP.

  1. Move the adapter into the IAP node_modules directory.
Depending on where your code is located, this process is different.
    Could be a tar, move, untar
    Could be a git clone of a repository
    Could also be a cp -R from a coding directory
Adapter should be placed into: /opt/pronghorn/current/node_modules/\@itentialopensource
  1. Follow Steps 3-5 (above) to install an Itential adapter to load your properties, dependencies and restart IAP.

Installing an Adapter Using CLI Command

You can also run npm run install:adapter to install adapter automatically. The script will verify the correctness of current path, check lint errors and perform unit test. After finishing the above steps, it will ask the user whether to proceed to install the adapter into IAP.

Using this Adapter

The adapter.js file contains the calls the adapter makes available to the rest of the Itential Platform. The API detailed for these calls should be available through JSDOC. The following is a brief summary of the calls.

Generic Adapter Calls

The connect call is run when the Adapter is first loaded by he Itential Platform. It validates the properties have been provided correctly.


The healthCheck call ensures that the adapter can communicate with Aruba_airwave. The actual call that is used is defined in the adapter properties.


The refreshProperties call provides the adapter the ability to accept property changes without having to restart the adapter.


The encryptProperty call will take the provided property and technique, and return the property encrypted with the technique. This allows the property to be used in the adapterProps section for the credential password so that the password does not have to be in clear text. The adapter will decrypt the property as needed for communications with Aruba_airwave.

encryptProperty(property, technique, callback)

The getQueue call will return the requests that are waiting in the queue if throttling is enabled.


The addEntityCache call will take the entities and add the list to the entity cache to expedite performance.

addEntityCache(entityType, entities, key, callback)

The capabilityResults call will take the results from a verifyCompatibility and put them in the format to be passed back to the Itential Platform.

capabilityResults(results, callback)

The hasEntity call verifies the adapter has the specific entity.

hasEntity(entityType, entityId, callback)

The verifyCapability call verifies the adapter can perform the provided action on the specific entity.

verifyCapability(entityType, actionType, entityId, callback)

The updateEntityCache call will update the entity cache.


Specific Adapter Calls

Specific adapter calls are built based on the API of the Aruba_airwave. The Adapter Builder creates the proper method comments for generating JS-DOC for the adapter. This is the best way to get information on the calls.

Troubleshooting the Adapter

Run npm run troubleshoot to start the interactive troubleshooting process. The command allows user to verify and update connection, authentication as well as healthcheck configuration. After that it will test these properties by sending HTTP request to the endpoint. If the tests pass, it will persist these changes into IAP.

User also have the option to run individual command to perform specific test

  • npm run healthcheck will perform a healthcheck request of with current setting.
  • npm run basicget will perform some non-parameter GET request with current setting.
  • npm run connectivity will perform networking diagnostics of the adatper endpoint.

Connectivity Issues

  1. Verify the adapter properties are set up correctly.
Go into the Itential Platform GUI and verify/update the properties
  1. Verify there is connectivity between the Itential Platform Server and Aruba_airwave Server.
ping the ip address of Aruba_airwave server
try telnet to the ip address port of Aruba_airwave
  1. Verify the credentials provided for Aruba_airwave.
login to Aruba_airwave using the provided credentials
  1. Verify the API of the call utilized for Aruba_airwave Healthcheck.
Go into the Itential Platform GUI and verify/update the properties

Functional Issues

Adapter logs are located in /var/log/pronghorn. In older releases of the Itential Platform, there is a pronghorn.log file which contains logs for all of the Itential Platform. In newer versions, adapters are logging into their own files.

Contributing to Aruba_airwave

Please check out the Contributing Guidelines.

License & Maintainers

Maintained By

Itential Product Adapters are maintained by the Itential Adapter Team.
Itential OpenSource Adapters are maintained by the community at large.
Custom Adapters are maintained by other sources.

Product License

Apache 2.0


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