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Cisco’s Internet-working Operating System (IOS)

Cisco Internetworking Operating System - CCNA Course - Kumar Janglu
The following ICND1 exam topics are covered in this chapter:
2.0 LAN Switching Technologies

2.3 Troubleshoot interface and cable issues (collisions, errors, duplex, speed)
5.0 Infrastructure Management
Configure and verify initial device configuration
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic device hardening

Local authentication

Secure password

Access to device 5.4.c.(i) Voice 5.4.c.(ii) Video 5.4.c. (iii) Data

Source address Telnet/SSH

Login banner

5.6 Use Cisco IOS tools to troubleshoot and resolve problems
5.6.aPing and traceroute with extended option 5.6.bTerminal monitor
5.6.c Log events

It’s time to introduce you to the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS). The IOS is what runs Cisco routers as well as Cisco’s switches, and it’s also what we use to configure these devices.

So that’s what you’re going to learn about in this chapter. I’m going to show you how to configure a Cisco IOS device using the Cisco IOS command-line interface (CLI). Once proficient with this interface, you’ll be able to configure hostnames, banners, passwords, and more as well as troubleshoot skillfully using the Cisco IOS.
We’ll also begin the journey to mastering the basics of router and switch configurations plus command verifications in this chapter.
I’ll start with a basic IOS switch to begin building the network we’ll use throughout this book for configuration examples. Don’t forget—I’ll be using both switches and routers throughout this chapter, and we configure these devices pretty much the same way. Things diverge when we get to the interfaces where the differences between the two become key, so pay attention closely when we get to that point!
Just as it was with preceding chapters, the fundamentals presented in this chapter are important building blocks to have solidly in place before moving on to the more advanced material coming up in the next ones.

The IOS User Interface

The Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) is the kernel of Cisco routers as well as all current Catalyst switches. In case you didn’t know, a kernel is the elemental, indispensable part of an operating system that allocates resources and manages tasks like low-level hardware interfaces and security.
Coming up, I’ll show you the Cisco IOS and how to configure a Cisco switch using the command-line interface (CLI). By using the CLI, we can provide access to a Cisco device and provide voice, video, and data service          The configurations you’ll see in this chapter are exactly the
same as they are on a Cisco router.

Cisco IOS

The Cisco IOS is a proprietary kernel that provides routing, switching, inter-networking, and telecommunications features. The first IOS was written by William Yeager in 1986 and enabled networked applications. It runs on most Cisco routers as well as a growing number of Cisco Catalyst switches, like the Catalyst 2960 and 3560 series switches used in this book. And it’s an essential for the Cisco exam objectives!
Here’s a short list of some important things that the Cisco router IOS software is responsible for:
Carrying network protocols and functions Connecting high-speed traffic between devices

Adding security to control access and stopping unauthorized network use

Providing scalability for ease of network growth and redundancy Supplying network reliability for connecting to network resources

You can access the Cisco IOS through the console port of a router or switch, from a modem into the auxiliary (or aux) port on a router, or even through Telnet and Secure Shell (SSH). Access to the IOS command line is called an EXEC session.

Connecting to a Cisco IOS Device

We connect to a Cisco device to configure it, verify its configuration, and check statistics, and although there are different approaches to this, the first place you would usually connect to is the console port. The console port is usually an RJ45, 8-pin modular connection located at the back of the device, and there may or may not be a password set on it by default.

You can also connect to a Cisco router through an auxiliary port, which is really the same thing as a console port, so it follows that you can use it as one. The main difference with an auxiliary port is that it also allows you to configure modem commands so that a modem can be connected to the router. This is a cool feature because it lets you dial up a remote router and attach to the auxiliary port if the router is down and you need to configure it remotely, out-of-band. One of the differences between Cisco routers and switches is that switches do not have an auxiliary port.
The third way to connect to a Cisco device is in-band, through the program Telnet or Secure Shell (SSH). In-band means configuring the device via the network, the opposite of out-of-band. We covered Telnet and SSH in Chapter 3, “Introduction to TCP/IP,” and in this chapter, I’ll show you how to configure access to both of these protocols on a Cisco device.
Figure 6.1 shows an illustration of a Cisco 2960 switch. Really focus in on all the different kinds of interfaces and connections! On the right side is the 10/100/1000 uplink. You can use either the UTP port or the fiber port, but not both at the same time.

FIGURE 6.1 A Cisco 2960 switch
The 3560 switch I’ll be using in this book looks a lot like the 2960, but it

can perform layer 3 switching, unlike the 2960, which is limited to only layer 2 functions.
I also want to take a moment and tell you about the 2800 series router because that’s the router series I’ll be using in this book. This router is known as an Integrated Services Router (ISR) and Cisco has updated it to the 2900 series, but I still have plenty of 2800 series routers in my production networks. Figure 6.2 shows a new 1900 series router. The new ISR series of routers are nice; they are so named because many services, like security, are built into them. The ISR series router is a modular device, much faster and a lot sleeker than the older 2600 series routers, and it’s elegantly designed to support a broad new range of interface options. The new ISR series router can offer multiple serial interfaces, which can be used for connecting a T1 using a serial V.35 WAN connection. And multiple Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet ports can be used on the router, depending on the model. This router also has one console via an RJ45 connector and another through the USB port. There is also an auxiliary connection to allow a console connection via a remote modem.

FIGURE 6.2 A new Cisco 1900 router
You need to keep in mind that for the most part, you get some serious bang for your buck with the 2800/2900—unless you start adding a bunch of interfaces to it. You’ve got to pony up for each one of those little beauties, so this can really start to add up and fast!
A couple of other series of routers that will set you back a lot less than the 2800 series are the 1800/1900s, so look into these routers if you want a less-expensive alternative to the 2800/2900 but still want to run the same IOS.
So even though I’m going to be using mostly 2800 series routers and 2960/3560 switches throughout this book to demonstrate examples of IOS configurations, I want to point out that the particular router model you use to practice for the Cisco exam isn’t really important. The switch types are, though—you definitely need a couple 2960 switches as well as a

3560 switch if you want to measure up to the exam objectives!

Bringing Up a Switch

When you first bring up a Cisco IOS device, it will run a power-on self- test—a POST. Upon passing that, the machine will look for and then load the Cisco IOS from flash memory if an IOS file is present, then expand it into RAM. As you probably know, flash memory is electronically erasable programmable read-only memory—an EEPROM. The next step is for the IOS to locate and load a valid configuration known as the startup-config that will be stored in nonvolatile RAM (NVRAM).
Once the IOS is loaded and up and running, the startup-config will be copied from NVRAM into RAM and from then on referred to as the running-config.
But if a valid startup-config isn’t found in NVRAM, your switch will enter setup mode, giving you a step-by-step dialog to help configure some basic parameters on it.
You can also enter setup mode at any time from the command line by typing the command setup from privileged mode, which I’ll get to in a minute. Setup mode only covers some basic commands and generally isn’t really all that helpful. Here’s an example:
Would you like to enter the initial configuration dialog? [yes/no]:
At any point you may enter a question mark '?' for help. Use ctrl-c to abort configuration dialog at any prompt. Default settings are in square brackets '[]'.

Basic management setup configures only enough connectivity for management of the system, extended setup will ask you to configure each interface on the system
Would you like to enter basic management setup? [yes/no]: y
Configuring global parameters:

Enter host name [Switch]: Ctrl+C
Configuration aborted, no changes made.

I highly recommend going through setup mode once, then never again because you should always use the CLI instead!

Command-Line Interface (CLI)

I sometimes refer to the CLI as “cash line interface” because the ability to create advanced configurations on Cisco routers and switches using the CLI will earn you some decent cash!

Entering the CLI

After the interface status messages appear and you press Enter, the Switch> prompt will pop up. This is called user exec mode, or user mode for short, and although it’s mostly used to view statistics, it is also a stepping stone along the way to logging in to privileged exec mode, called privileged mode for short.
You can view and change the configuration of a Cisco router only while in privileged mode, and you enter it via the enable command like this:
Switch>enable Switch#

The Switch# prompt signals you’re in privileged mode where you can both view and change the switch configuration. You can go back from privileged mode into user mode by using the disable command:
Switch#disable Switch>

You can type logout from either mode to exit the console:
Switch con0 is now available Press RETURN to get started.

Next, I’ll show how to perform some basic administrative configurations.

Overview of Router Modes

To configure from a CLI, you can make global changes to the router by typing configure terminal or just config t. This will get you into global configuration mode where you can make changes to the running-config. Commands run from global configuration mode are predictably referred to as global commands, and they are typically set only once and affect the entire router.
Type config from the privileged-mode prompt and then press Enter to opt for the default of terminal like this:
Configuring from terminal, memory, or network [terminal]? [press enter]
Enter configuration commands, one per line.                                                                                                        End with CNTL/Z. Switch(config)#

At this point, you make changes that affect the router as a whole (globally), hence the term global configuration mode. For instance, to change the running-config—the current configuration running in dynamic RAM (DRAM)—use the configure terminal command, as I just demonstrated.

CLI Prompts

Let’s explore the different prompts you’ll encounter when configuring a switch or router now, because knowing them well will really help you orient yourself and recognize exactly where you are at any given time while in configuration mode. I’m going to demonstrate some of the prompts used on a Cisco switch and cover the various terms used along the way. Make sure you’re very familiar with them, and always check your prompts before making any changes to a router’s configuration!
We’re not going to venture into every last obscure command prompt you could potentially come across in the configuration mode world because that would get us deep into territory that’s beyond the scope of this book. Instead, I’m going to focus on the prompts you absolutely must know to pass the exam plus the very handy and seriously vital ones you’ll need and use the most in real-life networking—the cream of the crop.


To make changes to an interface, you use the interface command from global configuration mode:
Switch(config)#interface ?
Async                                 Async interface
BVI                                    Bridge-Group Virtual Interface
CTunnel                            CTunnel interface
Dialer                                Dialer interface FastEthernet FastEthernet IEEE 802.3 Filter           Filter interface Filtergroup    Filter Group interface GigabitEthernet                                            GigabitEthernet IEEE 802.3z Group-Async    Async Group interface
Lex                                     Lex interface
Loopback                         Loopback interface
Null                                    Null interface
Port-channel                   Ethernet Channel of interfaces Portgroup                                            Portgroup interface
Pos-channel                     POS Channel of interfaces Tunnel                                            Tunnel interface
Vif                                      PGM Multicast Host interface Virtual-Template                          Virtual Template interface Virtual-TokenRing                       Virtual TokenRing
Vlan                                   Catalyst Vlans
fcpa                                    Fiber Channel
range                                                interface range command Switch(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/1 Switch(config-if)#)
Did you notice that the prompt changed to Switch(config-if)#? This tells you that you’re in interface configuration mode. And wouldn’t it be nice if the prompt also gave you an indication of what interface you were configuring? Well, at least for now we’ll have to live without the prompt information, because it doesn’t. But it should already be clear to you that you really need to pay attention when configuring an IOS device!

Line Commands

To configure user-mode passwords, use the line command. The prompt then becomes Switch(config-line)#:
Switch(config)#line ?
<0-16>        First Line number console                     Primary terminal line vty                     Virtual terminal
Switch(config)#line console 0

The line console 0 command is a global command, and sometimes you’ll also hear people refer to global commands as major commands. In this example, any command typed from the (config-line) prompt is known as a subcommand.

Access List Configurations

To configure a standard named access list, you’ll need to get to the prompt Switch(config-std-nacl)#:
Switch#config t
Switch(config)#ip access-list standard Todd

What you see here is a typical basic standard ACL prompt. There are various ways to configure access lists, and the prompts are only slightly different from this particular example.

Routing Protocol Configurations

I need to point out that we don’t use routing or router protocols on 2960 switches, but we can and will use them on my 3560 switches. Here is an example of configuring routing on a layer 3 switch:
Switch(config)#router rip IP routing not enabled Switch(config)#ip routing Switch(config)#router rip Switch(config-router)#
Did you notice that the prompt changed to Switch(config-router)#? To make sure you achieve the objectives specific to the Cisco exam and this book, I’ll configure static routing, RIPv2, and RIPng. And don’t worry—

I’ll explain all of these in detail soon, in Chapter 9, “IP Routing,” and Chapter 14, “Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)”!

Defining Router Terms

Table 6.1 defines some of the terms I’ve used so far.
TABLE 6.1 Router terms

User exec mode
Limited to basic monitoring commands
Privileged exec mode
Provides access to all other router commands
Global configuration mode
Commands that affect the entire system
Specific configuration modes
Commands that affect interfaces/processes only
Setup mode
Interactive configuration dialog

Editing and Help Features

The Cisco advanced editing features can also help you configure your router. If you type in a question mark (?) at any prompt, you’ll be given a list of all the commands available from that prompt:
Exec commands:
access-enable Create a temporary Access-List entry access-template Create a temporary Access-List entry archive manage archive files
cd                                   Change current directory
clear                              Reset functions
clock                             Manage the system clock
cns                                 CNS agents
configure                     Enter configuration mode connect                                       Open a terminal connection
copy                              Copy from one file to another
debug                            Debugging functions (see also 'undebug')
delete                                       Delete a file diagnostic                                       Diagnostic commands
dir                                  List files on a filesystem
disable                          Turn off privileged commands
disconnect                   Disconnect an existing network connection dot1x    IEEE 802.1X Exec Commands
enable                          Turn on privileged commands

eou                                EAPoUDP
erase                             Erase a filesystem
exit                                Exit from the EXEC
––More–– ?
Press RETURN for another line, SPACE for another page, anything else to quit

And if this is not enough information for you, you can press the spacebar to get another whole page of information, or you can press Enter to go one command at a time. You can also press Q, or any other key for that matter, to quit and return to the prompt. Notice that I typed a question mark (?) at the more prompt and it told me what my options were from that prompt.
Here’s a shortcut: To find commands that start with a certain letter, use the letter and the question mark with no space between them, like this:
cd                clear       clock                     cns                     configure connect      copy

Okay, see that? By typing c?, I got a response listing all the commands that start with c. Also notice that the Switch#c prompt reappears after the list of commands is displayed. This can be really helpful when you happen to be working with long commands but you’re short on patience and still need the next possible one. It would get old fast if you actually had to retype the entire command every time you used a question mark!
So with that, let’s find the next command in a string by typing the first command and then a question mark:
Switch#clock ?
set      Set the time and date
Switch#clock set ?
hh:mm:ss    Current Time
Switch#clock set 2:34 ?
% Unrecognized command Switch#clock set 2:34:01 ?
<1-31>                  Day of the month MONTH                  Month of the year
Switch#clock set 2:34:01 21 july ?
<1993-2035>     Year

Switch#clock set 2:34:01 21 august 2013
00:19:45: %SYS-6-CLOCK-UPDATE: System clock has been updated from 00:19:45
UTC Mon Mar 1 1993 to 02:34:01 UTC Wed Aug 21 2013, configured from console
by console.

I entered the clock ? command and got a list of the next possible parameters plus what they do. Make note of the fact that you can just keep typing a command, a space, and then a question mark until <cr> (carriage return) is your only option left.
And if you’re typing commands and receive
Switch#clock set 11:15:11
% Incomplete command.

no worries—that’s only telling you that the command string simply isn’t complete quite yet. All you need to do is to press the up arrow key to re-display the last command entered and then continue with the command by using your question mark.
But if you get the error
Switch(config)#access-list 100 permit host host
% Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

all is not well because it means you actually have entered a command incorrectly. See that little caret—the ^? It’s a very helpful tool that marks the exact point where you blew it and made a mess.
Here’s another example of when you’ll see that caret:
Switch#sh fastethernet 0/0
% Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

This command looks right, but be careful! The problem is that the full command is show interface fastethernet 0/0.
Now if you receive the error
Switch#sh cl
% Ambiguous command:    "sh cl"

you’re being told that there are multiple commands that begin with the string you entered and it’s not unique. Use the question mark to find the exact command you need:
Switch#sh cl?
class-map       clock      cluster

Case in point: There are three commands that start with show cl.
Table 6.2 lists the enhanced editing commands available on a Cisco router.
TABLE 6.2 Enhanced editing commands

Moves your cursor to the beginning of the line
Moves your cursor to the end of the line
Moves back one word
Moves back one character
Moves forward one character
Moves forward one word
Deletes a single character
Deletes a single character
Redisplays a line
Erases a line
Erases a word
Ends configuration mode and returns to EXEC
Finishes typing a command for you
Another really cool editing feature you need to know about is the automatic scrolling of long lines. In the following example, the command I typed reached the right margin and automatically moved 11 spaces to the left. How do I know this? Because the dollar sign [$] is telling me that the line has been scrolled to the left:
Switch#config t
Switch(config)#$ 100 permit ip host

You can review the router-command history with the commands shown in Table 6.3.
TABLE 6.3 IOS-command history

Ctrl+P or up arrow
Shows last command entered
Ctrl+N or down arrow
Shows previous commands entered
show history
Shows last 20 commands entered by default
show terminal
Shows terminal configurations and history buffer size
terminal history size
Changes buffer size (max 256)
The following example demonstrates the show history command as well as how to change the history’s size. It also shows how to verify the history with the show terminal command. First, use the show history command, which will allow you to see the last 20 commands that were entered on the router (even though my particular router reveals only 10 commands because that’s all I’ve entered since rebooting it). Check it out:
Switch#sh history
sh fastethernet 0/0 sh ru
sh cl config t sh history sh flash
sh running-config sh startup-config sh ver
sh history

Okay—now, we’ll use the show terminal command to verify the terminal history size:
Switch#sh terminal
Line 0, Location: "", Type: "" Length: 24 lines, Width: 80 columns
Baud rate (TX/RX) is 9600/9600, no parity, 2 stopbits, 8 databits Status: PSI Enabled, Ready, Active, Ctrl-c Enabled, Automore On

Capabilities: none Modem state: Ready [output cut]
Modem type is unknown. Session limit is not set.
Time since activation: 00:17:22 Editing is enabled.
History is enabled, history size is 10. DNS resolution in show commands is enabled Full user help is disabled
Allowed input transports are none. Allowed output transports are telnet. Preferred transport is telnet.
No output characters are padded
No special data dispatching characters

Administrative Configurations

Even though the following sections aren’t critical to making a router or switch work on a network, they’re still really important. I’m going to guide you through configuring specific commands that are particularly helpful when administering your network.
You can configure the following administrative functions on a router and switch:

Host-names Banners Passwords

Interface descriptions

Remember, none of these will make your routers or switches work better or faster, but trust me, your life will be a whole lot better if you just take the time to set these configurations on each of your network devices. This is because doing so makes troubleshooting and maintaining your network a great deal easier—seriously! In this next section, I’ll be demonstrating commands on a Cisco switch, but understand that these commands are used in the exact same way on a Cisco router.


We use the hostname command to set the identity of the router and switch. This is only locally significant, meaning it doesn’t affect how the router or switch performs name lookups or how the device actually works on the internetwork. But the hostname is still important in routes because it’s often used for authentication in many wide area networks (WANs). Here’s an example:
Switch#config t Switch(config)#hostname Todd Todd(config)#hostname Chicago Chicago(config)#hostname Todd Todd(config)#
I know it’s pretty tempting to configure the hostname after your own name, but it’s usually a much better idea to name the device something that relates to its physical location. A name that maps to where the device lives will make finding it a whole lot easier, which among other things, confirms that you’re actually configuring the correct device. Even though it seems like I’m completely ditching my own advice by naming mine Todd, I’m not, because this particular device really does live in “Todd’s” office. Its name perfectly maps to where it is, so it won’t be confused with those in the other networks I work with!


A very good reason for having a banner is to give any and all who dare attempt to telnet or sneak into your internetwork a little security notice. And they’re very cool because you can create and customize them so that they’ll greet anyone who shows up on the router with exactly the information you want them to have!
Here are the three types of banners you need to be sure you’re familiar with:
Exec process creation banner Login banner

Message of the day banner
And you can see them all illustrated in the following code:
Todd(config)#banner ?
LINE                           c banner-text c, where 'c' is a delimiting character
exec                            Set EXEC process creation banner incoming    Set incoming terminal line banner login                                     Set login banner
motd                           Set Message of the Day banner
prompt-timeout       Set Message for login authentication timeout slip-ppp     Set Message for SLIP/PPP
Message of the day (MOTD) banners are the most widely used banners because they give a message to anyone connecting to the router via Telnet or an auxiliary port or even through a console port as seen here:
Todd(config)#banner motd ?
LINE c banner-text c, where 'c' is a delimiting character Todd(config)#banner motd #
Enter TEXT message. End with the character '#'.
$ network, then you must disconnect immediately. #
Todd(config)#^Z (Press the control key + z keys to return to privileged mode)
con0 is now available
Press RETURN to get started.
If you are not authorized to be in network, then you must disconnect immediately.

This MOTD banner essentially tells anyone connecting to the device to get lost if they’re not on the guest list. The part to focus upon here is the delimiting character, which is what informs the router the message is done. Clearly, you can use any character you want for it except for the delimiting character in the message itself. Once the message is complete, press Enter, then the delimiting character, and then press Enter again.

Everything will still work if you don’t follow this routine unless you have more than one banner. If that’s the case, make sure you do follow it or your banners will all be combined into one message and put on a single line!
You can set a banner on one line like this:
Todd(config)#banner motd x Unauthorized access prohibited! x

Let’s take a minute to go into more detail about the other two types of banners I mentioned:
Exec banner You can configure a line-activation (exec) banner to be displayed when EXEC processes such as a line activation or an incoming connection to a VTY line have been created. Simply initiating a user exec session through a console port will activate the exec banner.
Login banner You can configure a login banner for display on all connected terminals. It will show up after the MOTD banner but before the login prompts. This login banner can’t be disabled on a per-line basis, so to globally disable it you’ve got to delete it with the no banner login command.
Here’s what a login banner output looks like:
banner login ^C

Cisco Router and Security Device Manager (SDM) is installed on this device.
This feature requires the one-time use of the username "cisco" with the password "cisco". The default username and password have a privilege level of 15.
Please change these publicly known initial credentials using SDM or the IOS CLI.
Here are the Cisco IOS commands.
username <myuser>     privilege 15 secret 0 <mypassword> no username cisco
Replace <myuser> and <mypassword> with the username and password you want to use.
For more information about SDM please follow the instructions

in the QUICK START GUIDE for your router or go to


The previous login banner should look pretty familiar to anyone who’s ever logged into an ISR router because it’s the banner Cisco has in the default configuration for its ISR routers.

Setting Passwords

There are five passwords you’ll need to secure your Cisco routers: console, auxiliary, telnet/SSH (VTY), enable password, and enable secret. The enable secret and enable password are the ones used to set the password for securing privileged mode. Once the enable commands are set, users will be prompted for a password. The other three are used to configure a password when user mode is accessed through the console port, through the auxiliary port, or via Telnet.
Let’s take a look at each of these now.

Enable Passwords

You set the enable passwords from global configuration mode like this:
Todd(config)#enable ?
last-resort Define enable action if no TACACS servers respond
password          Assign the privileged level password secret   Assign the privileged level secret use-tacacs     Use TACACS to check enable passwords

The following list describes the enable password parameters:
last-resort This allows you to still enter the device if you set up authentication through a TACACS server and it’s not available. It won’t be used if the TACACS server is working.

password This sets the enable password on older, pre-10.3 systems and isn’t ever used if an enable secret is set.
secret The newer, encrypted password that overrides the enable password if it has been set.
use-tacacs This tells the router or switch to authenticate through a TACACS server. It comes in really handy when you have lots of routers because changing the password on a multitude of them can be insanely tedious. It’s much easier to simply go through the TACACS server and change the password only once!
Here’s an example that shows how to set the enable passwords:
Todd(config)#enable secret todd
Todd(config)#enable password todd
The enable password you have chosen is the same as your enable secret. This is not recommended. Re-enter the enable password.
If you try to set the enable secret and enable passwords the same, the device will give you a polite warning to change the second password. Make a note to yourself that if there aren’t any old legacy routers involved, you don’t even bother to use the enable password!
User-mode passwords are assigned via the line command like this:
Todd(config)#line ?
<0-16>        First Line number console                     Primary terminal line vty                     Virtual terminal
And these two lines are especially important for the exam objectives:
console Sets a console user-mode password.
vty Sets a Telnet password on the device. If this password isn’t set, then by default, Telnet can’t be used.
To configure user-mode passwords, choose the line you want and configure it using the login command to make the switch prompt for authentication. Let’s focus in on the configuration of individual lines now.

Console Password

We set the console password with the line console 0 command, but look at what happened when I tried to type line console ? from the (config- line)# prompt—I received an error! Here’s the example:
Todd(config-line)#line console ?
% Unrecognized command Todd(config-line)#exit Todd(config)#line console ?
<0-0>     First Line number Todd(config)#line console 0 Todd(config-line)#password console Todd(config-line)#login

You can still type line console 0 and that will be accepted, but the help screens just don’t work from that prompt. Type exit to go back one level, and you’ll find that your help screens now work. This is a “feature.” Really.
Because there’s only one console port, I can only choose line console 0. You can set all your line passwords to the same password, but doing this isn’t exactly a brilliant security move!
And it’s also important to remember to apply the login command or the console port won’t prompt for authentication. The way Cisco has this process set up means you can’t set the login command before a password is set on a line because if you set it but don’t then set a password, that line won’t be usable. You’ll actually get prompted for a password that doesn’t exist, so Cisco’s method isn’t just a hassle; it makes sense and is a feature after all!

Okay, there are a few other important commands you need to know regarding the console port.
For one, the exec-timeout 0 0 command sets the time-out for the console EXEC session to zero, ensuring that it never times out. The default time- out is 10 minutes.

Logging synchronous is such a cool command that it should be a default, but it’s not. It’s great because it’s the antidote for those annoying console messages that disrupt the input you’re trying to type. The messages will still pop up, but at least you get returned to your device prompt without your input being interrupted! This makes your input messages oh-so- much easier to read!
Here’s an example of how to configure both commands:
Todd(config-line)#line con 0
Todd(config-line)#exec-timeout ?
<0-35791>                              Timeout in minutes Todd(config-line)#exec-timeout 0 ?
<0-2147483>     Timeout in seconds
Todd(config-line)#exec-timeout 0 0
Todd(config-line)#logging synchronous

Telnet Password

To set the user-mode password for Telnet access into the router or switch, use the line vty command. IOS switches typically have 16 lines, but routers running the Enterprise edition have considerably more. The best way to find out how many lines you have is to use that handy question mark like this:
Todd(config-line)#line vty 0 ?
% Unrecognized command Todd(config-line)#exit Todd(config)#line vty 0 ?

<1-15>      Last Line number
Todd(config)#line vty 0 15 Todd(config-line)#password telnet Todd(config-line)#login
This output clearly shows that you cannot get help from your (config- line)# prompt. You must go back to global config mode in order to use the question mark (?).
So what will happen if you try to telnet into a device that doesn’t have a VTY password set? You’ll receive an error saying the connection has been refused because the password isn’t set. So, if you telnet into a switch and receive a message like this one that I got from Switch B
Todd#telnet SwitchB
Trying SwitchB (…Open
Password required, but none set
[Connection to SwitchB closed by foreign host] Todd#
it means the switch doesn’t have the VTY password set. But you can still get around this and tell the switch to allow Telnet connections without a password by using the no login command:
SwitchB(config-line)#line vty 0 15
SwitchB(config-line)#no login

After your IOS devices are configured with an IP address, you can use the Telnet program to configure and check your routers instead of having to use a console cable. You can use the Telnet program by typing telnet from any command prompt (DOS or Cisco). I’ll cover all things Telnet more thoroughly in Chapter 7, “Managing a Cisco Internetwork.”

Auxiliary Password

To configure the auxiliary password on a router, go into global configuration mode and type line aux ?. And by the way, you won’t find these ports on a switch. This output shows that you only get a choice of 0–0, which is because there’s only one port:
Todd#config t
Todd(config)#line aux ?
<0-0>                     First Line number Todd(config)#line aux 0 Todd(config-line)#login
% Login disabled on line 1, until 'password' is set Todd(config-line)#password aux

Setting Up Secure Shell (SSH)

I strongly recommend using Secure Shell (SSH) instead of Telnet because it creates a more secure session. The Telnet application uses an unencrypted data stream, but SSH uses encryption keys to send data so your username and password aren’t sent in the clear, vulnerable to anyone lurking around!
Here are the steps for setting up SSH:
1.       Set your hostname:
Router(config)#hostname Todd

2.       Set the domain name—both the hostname and domain name are required for the encryption keys to be generated:
Todd(config)#ip domain-name

3.       Set the username to allow SSH client access:
Todd(config)#username Todd password Lammle

4.       Generate the encryption keys for securing the session:
Todd(config)#crypto key generate rsa
The name for the keys will be:
Choose the size of the key modulus in the range of 360 to 4096 for your General Purpose Keys. Choosing a key modulus Greater than 512 may take a few minutes.
How many bits in the modulus [512]: 1024
% Generating 1024 bit RSA keys, keys will be non-exportable...

[OK] (elapsed time was 6 seconds)

1d14h: %SSH-5-ENABLED: SSH 1.99 has been enabled*June 24 19:25:30.035: %SSH-5-ENABLED: SSH 1.99 has been enabled

5.       Enable SSH version 2 on the device—not mandatory, but strongly suggested:
Todd(config)#ip ssh version 2

6.       Connect to the VTY lines of the switch or router:
Todd(config)#line vty 0 15

7.       Tell the lines to use the local database for password:
Todd(config-line)#login local

8.       Configure your access protocols:
Todd(config-line)#transport input ?
all            All protocols none            No protocols
ssh            TCP/IP SSH protocol telnet       TCP/IP Telnet protocol

Beware of this next line, and make sure you never use it in production because it’s a horrendous security risk:
Todd(config-line)#transport input all

I recommend using the next line to secure your VTY lines with SSH:
Todd(config-line)#transport input ssh ?
telnet       TCP/IP Telnet protocol

I actually do use Telnet once in a while when a situation arises that specifically calls for it. It just doesn’t happen very often. But if you want to go with Telnet, here’s how you do that:
Todd(config-line)#transport input ssh telnet

Know that if you don’t use the keyword telnet at the end of the command string, then only SSH will work on the device. You can go with either, just so long as you understand that SSH is way more secure than Telnet.

Encrypting Your Passwords

Because only the enable secret password is encrypted by default, you’ll need to manually configure the user-mode and enable passwords for encryption.
Notice that you can see all the passwords except the enable secret when performing a show running-config on a switch:
Todd#sh running-config
Building configuration...
Current configuration : 1020 bytes
! Last configuration change at 00:03:11 UTC Mon Mar 1 1993
version 15.0 no service pad
service timestamps debug datetime msec service timestamps log datetime msec no service password-encryption
hostname Todd
enable secret 4 ykw.3/tgsOuy9.6qmgG/EeYOYgBvfX4v.S8UNA9Rddg enable password todd
[output cut]
line con 0 password console login
line vty 0 4 password telnet login
line vty 5 15 password telnet login

To manually encrypt your passwords, use the service password- encryption command. Here’s how:
Todd#config t
Todd(config)#service password-encryption
Todd(config)#exit Todd#show run

Building configuration...
enable secret 4 ykw.3/tgsOuy9.6qmgG/EeYOYgBvfX4v.S8UNA9Rddg enable password 7 1506040800
[output cut]
line con 0
password 7 050809013243420C login
line vty 0 4
password 7 06120A2D424B1D login
line vty 5 15
password 7 06120A2D424B1D login
end Todd#config t
Todd(config)#no service password-encryption
Todd(config)#^Z Todd#
Nicely done—the passwords will now be encrypted. All you need to do is encrypt the passwords, perform a show run, then turn off the command if you want. This output clearly shows us that the enable password and the line passwords are all encrypted.
Before we move on to find out how to set descriptions on your interfaces, I want to stress some points about password encryption. As I said, if you set your passwords and then turn on the service password-encryption command, you have to perform a show running-config before you turn off the encryption service or your passwords won’t be encrypted. You don’t have to turn off the encryption service at all—you’d only do that if your switch is running low on processes. And if you turn on the service before you set your passwords, then you don’t even have to view them to have them encrypted.


Setting descriptions on an interface is another administratively helpful thing, and like the hostname, it’s also only locally significant. One case where the description command comes in really handy is when you want

to keep track of circuit numbers on a switch or a router’s serial WAN port. Here’s an example on my switch:
Todd#config t
Todd(config)#int fa0/1
Todd(config-if)#description Sales VLAN Trunk Link
Todd(config-if)#^Z Todd#
And on a router serial WAN:
Router#config t
Router(config)#int s0/0/0
Router(config-if)#description WAN to Miami

You can view an interface’s description with either the show running- config command or the show interface—even with the show interface description command:
Todd#sh run
Building configuration...
Current configuration : 855 bytes
interface FastEthernet0/1 description Sales VLAN Trunk Link
[output cut] Todd#sh int f0/1
FastEthernet0/1 is up, line protocol is up (connected)
Hardware is Fast Ethernet, address is ecc8.8202.8282 (bia ecc8.8202.8282)
Description: Sales VLAN Trunk Link
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 100000 Kbit/sec, DLY 100 usec, [output cut]

Todd#sh int description


Protocol Description
up           Sales VLAN
Trunk Link


Doing the do Command

In every previous example so far, we’ve had to run all show commands from privileged mode. But I’ve got great news—beginning with IOS version 12.3, Cisco has finally added a command to the IOS that allows you to view the configuration and statistics from within configuration mode!
In fact, with any IOS, you’d get the following error if you tried to view the configuration from global config:
Todd(config)#sh run
% Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

Compare that to the output I get from entering that same command on my router that’s running the 15.0 IOS using the “do” syntax:
Todd(config)#do show run
Building configuration...
Current configuration : 759 bytes
version 15.0 no service pad
service timestamps debug datetime msec service timestamps log datetime msec

no service password-encryption
hostname Todd
boot-start-marker boot-end-marker
[output cut]

So now you can pretty much run any command from any configuration prompt—nice, huh? Looking back through all those examples for encrypting our passwords, you can see that the do command would definitely have gotten the party started sooner, making this innovation one to celebrate for sure!

Router and Switch Interfaces

Interface configuration is arguably the most important router configuration because without interfaces, a router is a pretty useless object. Furthermore, interface configurations must be totally precise to enable communication with other devices. Network layer addresses, media type, bandwidth, and other administrator commands are all used to configure an interface.
On a layer 2 switch, interface configurations typically involve a lot less work than router interface configuration. Check out the output from the powerful verification command show ip interface brief, which reveals all the interfaces on my 3560 switch:

Todd#sh ip interface














The previous output shows the default routed port found on all Cisco switches (VLAN 1), plus nine switch FastEthernet interface ports, with one port being a Gigabit Ethernet port used for uplinks to other switches.
Different routers use different methods to choose the interfaces used on them. For instance, the following command shows one of my 2800 ISR Cisco routers with two FastEthernet interfaces along with two serial WAN interfaces:
Router>sh ip int brief
Interface                   IP-Address                                     OK? Method Status Protocol
FastEthernet0/0                                       YES DHCP                                       up up
FastEthernet0/1        unassigned                YES unset                                       administratively down down
Serial0/0/0                 unassigned                YES unset                                       administratively down down
Serial0/1/0                  unassigned                YES unset                                       administratively down down

Previously, we always used the interface type number sequence to configure an interface, but the newer routers come with an actual physical slot and include a port number on the module plugged into it. So on a modular router, the configuration would be interface type slot/port, as demonstrated here:
Todd#config t
Todd(config)#interface GigabitEthernet 0/1

You can see that we are now at the Gigabit Ethernet slot 0, port 1 prompt, and from here we can make configuration changes to the interface. Make note of the fact that you can’t just type int gigabitethernet 0. No shortcuts on the slot/port—you’ve got to type the slot/port variables in the command: type slot/port or, for example, intgigabitethernet 0/1 (or just int g0/1).

Once in interface configuration mode, we can configure various options. Keep in mind that speed and duplex are the two factors to be concerned with for the LAN:
Todd#config t
Todd(config)#interface GigabitEthernet 0/1
Todd(config-if)#speed 1000
Todd(config-if)#duplex full

So what’s happened here? Well basically, this has shut off the auto-detect mechanism on the port, forcing it to only run gigabit speeds at full duplex. For the ISR series router, it’s basically the same, but you get even more options! The LAN interfaces are the same, but the rest of the modules are different—they use three numbers instead of two. The three numbers used here can represent slot/subslot/port, but this depends on the card used in the ISR router. For the objectives, you just need to remember this: The first 0 is the router itself. You then choose the slot and then the port. Here’s an example of a serial interface on my 2811:
Todd(config)#interface serial ?
<0-2>     Serial interface number Todd(config)#interface serial 0/0/?
<0-1>     Serial interface number Todd(config)#interface serial 0/0/0 Todd(config-if)#

This might look a little dicey to you, but I promise it’s really not that hard! It helps to remember that you should always view the output of the show ip interface brief command or a show running-config output first so you know the exact interfaces you have to deal with. Here’s one of my 2811’s output that has even more serial interfaces installed:
Todd(config-if)#do show run Building configuration... [output cut]
interface FastEthernet0/0 no ip address
shutdown duplex auto speed auto
interface FastEthernet0/1 no ip address

duplex auto speed auto
interface Serial0/0/0 no ip address shutdown
no fair-queue
interface Serial0/0/1 no ip address shutdown
interface Serial0/1/0 no ip address shutdown
interface Serial0/2/0 no ip address shutdown
clock rate 2000000
[output cut]
For the sake of brevity, I didn’t include my complete running-config, but I’ve displayed all you really need. You can see the two built-in FastEthernet interfaces, the two serial interfaces in slot 0 (0/0/0 and 0/0/1), the serial interface in slot 1 (0/1/0), and the serial interface in slot 2 (0/2/0). And once you see the interfaces like this, it makes it a lot easier to understand how the modules are inserted into the router.
Just understand that if you type interface e0 on an old 2500 series router, interface fastethernet 0/0 on a modular router (such as the 2800 series router), or interface serial 0/1/0 on an ISR router, all you’re actually doing is choosing an interface to configure. Essentially, they’re all configured the same way after that.
Let’s delve deeper into our router interface discussion by exploring how to bring up the interface and set an IP address on it next.

Bringing Up an Interface

You can disable an interface with the interface command shutdown and enable it with the no shutdown command. Just to remind you, all switch ports are enabled by default and all router ports are disabled by default, so we’re going to talk more about router ports than switch ports in the

next few sections.
If an interface is shut down, it’ll display as administratively down when you use the show interfaces command (sh int for short):
Router#sh int f0/0
FastEthernet0/1 is administratively down, line protocol is down [output cut]
Another way to check an interface’s status is via the show running-config command. You can bring up the router interface with the no shutdown command (no shut for short):
Router(config)#int f0/0
Router(config-if)#no shutdown
*August 21 13:45:08.455: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface FastEthernet0/0, changed state to up
Router(config-if)#do show int f0/0 FastEthernet0/0 is up, line protocol is up [output cut]

Configuring an IP Address on an Interface

Even though you don’t have to use IP on your routers, it’s usually what everyone uses. To configure IP addresses on an interface, use the ip address command from interface configuration mode and remember that you do not set an IP address on a layer 2 switch port!
Todd(config)#int f0/1
Todd(config-if)#ip address

Also, don’t forget to enable the interface with the no shutdown command. Remember to look at the command show interface int output to see if the interface is administratively shut down or not. Show ip int brief and show running-config will also give you this information.

Okay—now if you want to add a second subnet address to an interface, you have to use the secondary parameter. If you type another IP address and press Enter, it will replace the existing primary IP address and mask.

This is definitely one of the Cisco IOS’s coolest features!
So let’s try it. To add a secondary IP address, just use the secondary
Todd(config-if)#ip address ?
secondary      Make this IP address a secondary address
Todd(config-if)#ip address secondary
Todd(config-if)#do sh run Building configuration... [output cut]
interface FastEthernet0/1
ip address secondary
ip address
duplex auto speed auto

But I’ve got to stop here to tell you that I really wouldn’t recommend having multiple IP addresses on an interface because it’s really inefficient. I showed you how anyway just in case you someday find yourself dealing with an MIS manager who’s in love with really bad network design and makes you administer it! And who knows? Maybe someone will ask you about it someday and you’ll get to seem really smart because you know this.

Using the Pipe

No, not that pipe. I mean the output modifier. Although, I’ve got to say that some of the router configurations I’ve seen in my career make me wonder! Anyway, this pipe ( | ) allows us to wade through all the configurations or other long outputs and get straight to our goods fast. Here’s an example:
Router#sh run | ?
append         Append redirected output to URL (URLs supporting append operation only)
begin             Begin with the line that matches exclude Exclude lines that  match include                       Include lines that match redirect Redirect output to URL
section         Filter a section of output tee                       Copy output to URL

Router#sh run | begin interface
interface FastEthernet0/0 description Sales VLAN
ip address
duplex auto speed auto
interface FastEthernet0/1
ip address secondary
ip address
duplex auto speed auto
interface Serial0/0/0
description Wan to SF circuit number 6fdda 12345678 no ip address
So basically, the pipe symbol—the output modifier—is what you need to help you get where you want to go light years faster than mucking around in a router’s entire configuration. I use it a lot when scrutinizing a large routing table to find out whether a certain route is in the routing table.
Here’s an example:
Todd#sh ip route | include
R       [120/2] via, 00:00:25,
FastEthernet0/0 Todd#
First, you need to know that this routing table had over 100 entries, so without my trusty pipe, I’d probably still be looking through that output! It’s a powerfully efficient tool that saves you major time and effort by quickly finding a line in a configuration—or as the preceding example shows, a single route within a huge routing table.
Give yourself a little time to play around with the pipe command to get the hang of it and you’ll be naturally high on your newfound ability to quickly parse through router output!

Serial Interface Commands

But wait! Before you just jump in and configure a serial interface, you need some key information, like knowing the interface will usually be attached to a CSU/DSU type of device that provides clocking for the line to the router. Check out Figure 6.3 for an example.

FIGURE 6.3 A typical WAN connection. Clocking is typically provided by a DCE network to routers. In nonproduction environments, a DCE network is not always present.
Here you can see that the serial interface is used to connect to a DCE network via a CSU/DSU that provides the clocking to the router interface. But if you have a back-to-back configuration, such as one that’s used in a lab environment like the one in Figure 6.4, one end—the data communication equipment (DCE) end of the cable—must provide clocking!

FIGURE 6.4 Providing clocking on a nonproduction network
By default, Cisco router serial interfaces are all data terminal equipment (DTE) interfaces, which means that you must configure an interface to provide clocking if you need it to act like a DCE device. Again, you would not provide clocking on a production WAN serial connection because you would have a CSU/DSU connected to your serial interface, as shown in Figure 6.3.
You configure a DCE serial interface with the clock rate command:
Router#config t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.                                                                                                        End with CNTL/Z. Router(config)#int s0/0/0
Router(config-if)#clock rate ?
Speed (bits per second)

<300-8000000>        Choose clockrate from list above Router(config-if)#clock rate 1000000

The clock rate command is set in bits per second. Besides looking at the cable end to check for a label of DCE or DTE, you can see if a router’s serial interface has a DCE cable connected with the show controllers int command:
Router#sh controllers s0/0/0 Interface Serial0/0/0 Hardware is GT96K
DTE V.35idb at 0x4342FCB0, driver data structure at 0x434373D4

Here is an example of an output depicting a DCE connection:
Router#sh controllers s0/2/0 Interface Serial0/2/0 Hardware is GT96K
DCE V.35, clock rate 1000000

The next command you need to get acquainted with is the bandwidth command. Every Cisco router ships with a default serial link bandwidth of T1 (1.544 Mbps). But this has nothing to do with how data is transferred over a link. The bandwidth of a serial link is used by routing protocols such as EIGRP and OSPF to calculate the best cost path to a remote network. So if you’re using RIP routing, the bandwidth setting of a serial link is irrelevant since RIP uses only hop count to determine this.

Here’s an example of using the bandwidth command:
Router#config t Router(config)#int s0/0/0 Router(config-if)#bandwidth ?
<1-10000000>     Bandwidth in kilobits
inherit                   Specify that bandwidth is inherited receive    Specify receive-side bandwidth
Router(config-if)#bandwidth 1000

Did you notice that, unlike the clock rate command, the bandwidth

command is configured in kilobits per second?

Viewing, Saving, and Erasing Configurations

If you run through setup mode, you’ll be asked if you want to use the configuration you just created. If you say yes, the configuration running in DRAM that’s known as the running-config will be copied into NVRAM, and the file will be named startup-config. Hopefully, you’ll be smart and always use the CLI, not setup mode!
You can manually save the file from DRAM, which is usually just called RAM, to NVRAM by using the copy running-config startup-config command. You can use the shortcut copy run start as well:
Todd#copy running-config startup-config
Destination filename [startup-config]? [press enter] Building configuration...
Building configuration...

When you see a question with an answer in [], it means that if you just press Enter, you’re choosing the default answer.
Also, when the command asks for the destination filename, the default answer is startup-config. The reason it asks is because you can copy the configuration to pretty much anywhere you want. Take a look at the output from my switch:
Todd#copy running-config ?
flash:                          Copy to flash: file system
ftp:                              Copy to ftp: file system
http:                            Copy to http: file system

https:                          Copy to https: file system
null:                            Copy to null: file system
nvram:                       Copy to nvram: file system
rcp:                             Copy to rcp: file system
running-config        Update (merge with) current system configuration scp:  Copy to scp: file system
startup-config          Copy to startup configuration syslog: Copy to syslog: file system
system:                       Copy to system: file system
tftp:                             Copy to tftp: file system
tmpsys:                      Copy to tmpsys: file system
vb:                               Copy to vb: file system

To reassure you, we’ll get deeper into how and where to copy files in Chapter 7.
For now, you can view the files by typing show running-config or show startup-config from privileged mode. The sh run command, which is a shortcut for show running-config, tells us that we’re viewing the current configuration:
Todd#sh run
Building configuration...
Current configuration : 855 bytes
! Last configuration change at 23:20:06 UTC Mon Mar 1 1993
version 15.0 [output cut]
The sh start command—one of the shortcuts for the show startup- config command—shows us the configuration that will be used the next time the router is reloaded. It also tells us how much NVRAM is being used to store the startup-config file. Here’s an example:
Todd#sh start
Using 855 out of 524288 bytes
! Last configuration change at 23:20:06 UTC Mon Mar 1 1993
version 15.0 [output cut]

But beware—if you try and view the configuration and see
Todd#sh start
startup-config is not present

you have not saved your running-config to NVRAM, or you’ve deleted the backup configuration! Let me talk about just how you would do that now.

Deleting the Configuration and Reloading the Device

You can delete the startup-config file by using the erase startup-config
Todd#erase start
% Incomplete command.

First, notice that you can no longer use the shortcut commands for erasing the backup configuration. This started in IOS 12.4 with the ISR routers.
Todd#erase startup-config
Erasing the nvram filesystem will remove all configuration files! Continue? [confirm]
Erase of nvram: complete Todd#
*Mar    5 01:59:45.206: %SYS-7-NV_BLOCK_INIT: Initialized the geometry of nvram
Proceed with reload? [confirm]

Now if you reload or power the router down after using the erase startup-config command, you’ll be offered setup mode because there’s no configuration saved in NVRAM. You can press Ctrl+C to exit setup mode at any time, but the reload command can only be used from privileged mode.
At this point, you shouldn’t use setup mode to configure your router. So just say no to setup mode, because it’s there to help people who don’t know how to use the command line interface (CLI), and this no longer applies to you. Be strong—you can do it!

Verifying Your Configuration

Obviously, show running-config would be the best way to verify your configuration and show startup-config would be the best way to verify the configuration that’ll be used the next time the router is reloaded— right?
Well, once you take a look at the running-config, if all appears well, you

can verify your configuration with utilities like Ping and Telnet. Ping is a program that uses ICMP echo requests and replies, which we covered in Chapter 3. For review, Ping sends a packet to a remote host, and if that host responds, you know that it’s alive. But you don’t know if it’s alive and also well; just because you can ping a Microsoft server does not mean you can log in! Even so, Ping is an awesome starting point for troubleshooting an internetwork.
Did you know that you can ping with different protocols? You can, and you can test this by typing ping ? at either the router user-mode or privileged-mode prompt:
Todd#ping ?
WORD Ping destination address or hostname clns        CLNS echo
ip     IP echo ipv6     IPv6 echo
tag        Tag encapsulated IP echo

If you want to find a neighbor’s Network layer address, either you go straight to the router or switch itself or you can type show cdp entry * protocol to get the Network layer addresses you need for pinging.
You can also use an extended ping to change the default variables, as shown here:
Todd#ping Protocol [ip]:
Target IP address:
Repeat count [5]:
% A decimal number between 1 and 2147483647. Repeat count [5]: 5000
Datagram size [100]:
% A decimal number between 36 and 18024. Datagram size [100]: 1500
Timeout in seconds [2]:
Extended commands [n]: y
Source address or interface: FastEthernet 0/1
Source address or interface: Vlan 1
Type of service [0]:
Set DF bit in IP header? [no]:
Validate reply data? [no]:
Data pattern [0xABCD]:
Loose, Strict, Record, Timestamp, Verbose[none]: Sweep range of sizes [n]:
Type escape sequence to abort.

Sending 5000, 1500-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Packet sent with a source address of

Notice that by using the question mark, I was able to determine that extended ping allows you to set the repeat count higher than the default of 5 and the datagram size larger. This raises the MTU and allows for a more accurate testing of throughput. The source interface is one last important piece of information I’ll pull out of the output. You can choose which interface the ping is sourced from, which is really helpful in certain diagnostic situations. Using my switch to display the extended ping capabilities, I had to use my only routed port, which is named VLAN 1, by default.
However, if you want to use a different diagnostic port, you can create a logical interface called a loopback interface as so:
Todd(config)#interface loopback ?
<0-2147483647>      Loopback interface number
Todd(config)#interface loopback 0
*May 19 03:06:42.697: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line prot
changed state to ups
Todd(config-if)#ip address

Now I can use this port for diagnostics, and even as my source port of my ping or traceroute, as so:
Todd#ping Protocol [ip]:
Target IP address: Repeat count [5]:
Datagram size [100]:
Timeout in seconds [2]:
Extended commands [n]: y
Source address or interface:
Type of service [0]:
Set DF bit in IP header? [no]:
Validate reply data? [no]:
Data pattern [0xABCD]:
Loose, Strict, Record, Timestamp, Verbose[none]: Sweep range of sizes [n]:
Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds: Packet sent with a source address of
The logical interface are great for diagnostics and for using them in our

home labs where we don’t have any real interfaces to play with, but we’ll also use them in our OSPF configurations in ICND2.

Traceroute uses ICMP with IP time to live (TTL) time-outs to track the path a given packet takes through an internetwork. This is in contrast to Ping, which just finds the host and responds. Traceroute can also be used with multiple protocols. Check out this output:
Todd#traceroute ?
WORD            Trace route to destination address or hostname  aaa  Define trace options for AAA events/actions/errors appletalk     AppleTalk Trace
clns                  ISO CLNS Trace
ip                      IP Trace
ipv6                 IPv6 Trace
ipx                    IPX Trace
mac                  Trace Layer2 path between 2 endpoints oldvines                         Vines Trace (Cisco)
vines                Vines Trace (Banyan)

And as with ping, we can perform an extended traceroute using additional parameters, typically used to change the source interface:
Todd#traceroute Protocol [ip]:
Target IP address: Source address: Numeric display [n]:
Timeout in seconds [3]:
Probe count [3]:
Minimum Time to Live [1]: 255
Maximum Time to Live [30]:
Type escape sequence to abort. Tracing the route to

Telnet, FTP, and HTTP are really the best tools because they use IP at the Network layer and TCP at the Transport layer to create a session with a remote host. If you can telnet, ftp, or http into a device, you know that your IP connectivity just has to be solid!
Todd#telnet ?

WORD IP address or hostname of a remote system

When you telnet into a remote device, you won't see console messages by default. For example, you will not see debugging output. To allow console messages to be sent to your Telnet session, use the terminal monitor command, as shown on the SF router.
SF#terminal monitor

From the switch or router prompt, you just type a hostname or IP address and it will assume you want to telnet—you don’t need to type the actual command, telnet.
Coming up, I’ll show you how to verify the interface statistics.

Verifying with the show interface Command
Another way to verify your configuration is by typing show interface commands, the first of which is the show interface ? command. Doing this will reveal all the available interfaces to verify and configure.

This command comes in really handy when you’re verifying and troubleshooting router and network issues.
The following output is from my freshly erased and rebooted 2811 router:
Router#sh int ?
Async                                 Async interface
BVI                                    Bridge-Group Virtual Interface
CDMA-Ix                          CDMA Ix interface
CTunnel                            CTunnel interface
Dialer                                Dialer interface FastEthernet                                            FastEthernet IEEE 802.3 Loopback                                            Loopback interface
MFR                                  Multilink Frame Relay bundle interface
Multilink                          Multilink-group interface
Null                                    Null interface
Port-channel                   Ethernet Channel of interfaces Serial            Serial

Tunnel                              Tunnel interface
Vif                                      PGM Multicast Host interface Virtual-PPP                                            Virtual PPP interface Virtual-Template  Virtual Template interface Virtual-TokenRing                       Virtual  TokenRing accounting Show interface accounting
counters                           Show interface counters
crb                                      Show interface routing/bridging info
dampening                       Show interface dampening info description              Show interface  description etherchannel                  Show interface etherchannel information irb         Show interface routing/bridging info mac-accounting     Show interface MAC accounting info
mpls-exp                           Show interface MPLS experimental accounting info
precedence                      Show interface precedence accounting info pruning       Show interface trunk VTP pruning information rate-limit      Show interface rate-limit info
status                                Show interface line status
summary                          Show interface summary
switching                         Show interface switching
switchport                       Show interface switchport information trunk         Show interface trunk information
|                                          Output modifiers
The only “real” physical interfaces are FastEthernet, Serial, and Async— the rest are all logical interfaces or commands you can use to verify with.
The next command is show interface fastethernet 0/0. It reveals the hardware address, logical address, and encapsulation method as well as statistics on collisions, as seen here:
Router#sh int f0/0
FastEthernet0/0 is up, line protocol is up
Hardware is MV96340 Ethernet, address is 001a.2f55.c9e8 (bia 001a.2f55.c9e8)
Internet address is
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 100000 Kbit, DLY 100 usec, reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
Encapsulation ARPA, loopback not set Keepalive set (10 sec)
Auto-duplex, Auto Speed, 100BaseTX/FX
ARP type: ARPA, ARP Timeout 04:00:00
Last input never, output 00:02:07, output hang never Last clearing of "show interface" counters never
Input queue: 0/75/0/0 (size/max/drops/flushes); Total output drops: 0
Queueing strategy: fifo

Output queue: 0/40 (size/max)
5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
0 packets input, 0 bytes
Received 0 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored
0 watchdog
0 input packets with dribble condition detected
16 packets output, 960 bytes, 0 underruns
0 output errors, 0 collisions, 0 interface resets
0 babbles, 0 late collision, 0 deferred
0 lost carrier, 0 no carrier
0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out Router#

You probably guessed that we’re going to go over the important statistics from this output, but first, just for fun, I’ve got to ask you, which subnet is FastEthernet 0/0 a member of and what’s the broadcast address and valid host range?
I’m serious—you really have to be able to nail these things NASCAR-fast! Just in case you didn’t, the address is And I’ve gotta be honest—if you don’t know what a /27 is at this point, you’ll need a miracle to pass the exam! That or you need to actually read this book. (As a quick reminder, a /27 is The fourth octet is a block size of 32. The subnets are 0, 32, 64, etc.; the FastEthernet interface is in the 32 subnet; the broadcast address is 63; and the valid hosts are 33–62. All good now?

Okay—back to the output. The preceding interface is working and looks to be in good shape. The show interfaces command will show you if you’re receiving errors on the interface, and it will also show you the maximum transmission unit (MTU). MTU is the maximum packet size allowed to transmit on that interface, bandwidth (BW) is for use with routing protocols, and 255/255 means that reliability is perfect! The load is  1/255, meaning no load.
Continuing through the output, can you figure out the bandwidth of the

interface? Well, other than the easy giveaway of the interface being called a “FastEthernet” interface, we can see that the bandwidth is 100000 Kbit, which is 100,000,000. Kbit means to add three zeros, which is 100 Mbits per second, or FastEthernet. Gigabit would be 1000000 Kbits per second.
Be sure you don’t miss the output errors and collisions, which show 0 in my output. If these numbers are increasing, then you have some sort of Physical or Data Link layer issue. Check your duplex! If you have one side as half-duplex and one at full-duplex, your interface will work, albeit really slow and those numbers will be increasing fast!
The most important statistic of the show interface command is the output of the line and Data Link protocol status. If the output reveals that FastEthernet 0/0 is up and the line protocol is up, then the interface is up and running:
Router#sh int fa0/0
FastEthernet0/0 is up, line protocol is up

The first parameter refers to the Physical layer, and it’s up when it receives carrier detect. The second parameter refers to the Data Link layer, and it looks for keepalives from the connecting end. Keepalives are important because they’re used between devices to make sure connectivity hasn’t been dropped.
Here’s an example of where your problem will often be found—on serial interfaces:
Router#sh int s0/0/0
Serial0/0 is up, line protocol is down

If you see that the line is up but the protocol is down, as displayed here, you’re experiencing a clocking (keepalive) or framing problem—possibly an encapsulation mismatch. Check the keepalives on both ends to make sure they match. Make sure that the clock rate is set, if needed, and that the encapsulation type is equal on both ends. The preceding output tells us that there’s a Data Link layer problem.
If you discover that both the line interface and the protocol are down, it’s a cable or interface problem. The following output would indicate a Physical layer problem:
Router#sh int s0/0/0
Serial0/0 is down, line protocol is down

As you’ll see next, if one end is administratively shut down, the remote end would present as down and down:
Router#sh int s0/0/0
Serial0/0 is administratively down, line protocol is down

To enable the interface, use the command no shutdown from interface configuration mode.
The next show interface serial 0/0/0 command demonstrates the serial line and the maximum transmission unit (MTU)—1,500 bytes by default. It also shows the default bandwidth (BW) on all Cisco serial links, which is 1.544 Kbps. This is used to determine the bandwidth of the line for routing protocols like EIGRP and OSPF. Another important configuration to notice is the keepalive, which is 10 seconds by default. Each router sends a keepalive message to its neighbor every 10 seconds, and if both routers aren’t configured for the same keepalive time, it won’t work!
Check out this output:
Router#sh int s0/0/0
Serial0/0 is up, line protocol is up Hardware is HD64570
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 1544 Kbit, DLY 20000 usec, reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
Encapsulation HDLC, loopback not set, keepalive set (10 sec)
Last input never, output never, output hang never Last clearing of "show interface" counters never Queueing strategy: fifo
Output queue 0/40, 0 drops; input queue 0/75, 0 drops
5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
0 packets input, 0 bytes, 0 no buffer
Received 0 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored,
0 abort
0 packets output, 0 bytes, 0 underruns
0 output errors, 0 collisions, 16 interface resets
0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out
0 carrier transitions
DCD=down DSR=down DTR=down RTS=down CTS=down

You can clear the counters on the interface by typing the command clear counters:
Router#clear counters ?

Async                                 Async interface
BVI                                    Bridge-Group Virtual Interface
CTunnel                            CTunnel interface
Dialer                                Dialer interface FastEthernet                                            FastEthernet IEEE 802.3 Group-Async                                            Async Group interface Line                                            Terminal line
Loopback                         Loopback interface
MFR                                  Multilink Frame Relay bundle interface
Multilink                          Multilink-group interface
Null                                    Null interface
Serial                                 Serial
Tunnel                              Tunnel interface
Vif                                      PGM Multicast Host interface Virtual-Template                          Virtual Template interface Virtual-TokenRing                       Virtual TokenRing
Router#clear counters s0/0/0
Clear "show interface" counters on this interface [confirm][enter]
00:17:35: %CLEAR-5-COUNTERS: Clear counter on interface Serial0/0/0 by console

Troubleshooting with the show interfaces Command
Let’s take a look at the output of the show interfaces command one more time before I move on. There are some statistics in this output that are important for the Cisco objectives.
275496 packets input, 35226811 bytes, 0 no buffer
Received 69748 broadcasts (58822 multicasts)
0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored
0 watchdog, 58822 multicast, 0 pause input
0 input packets with dribble condition detected
2392529 packets output, 337933522 bytes, 0 underruns
0 output errors, 0 collisions, 1 interface resets
0 babbles, 0 late collision, 0 deferred
0 lost carrier, 0 no carrier, 0 PAUSE output
0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out

Finding where to start when troubleshooting an interface can be the difficult part, but certainly we’ll look for the number of input errors and CRCs right away. Typically we’d see those statistics increase with a duplex error, but it could be another Physical layer issue such as the cable might

be receiving excessive interference or the network interface cards might have a failure. Typically you can tell if it is interference when the CRC and input errors output grow but the collision counters do not.
Let’s take a look at some of the output:
No buffer This isn’t a number you want to see incrementing. This means you don’t have any buffer room left for incoming packets. Any packets received once the buffers are full are discarded. You can see how many packets are dropped with the ignored output.
Ignored If the packet buffers are full, packets will be dropped. You see this increment along with the no buffer output. Typically if the no buffer and ignored outputs are incrementing, you have some sort of broadcast storm on your LAN. This can be caused by a bad NIC or even a bad network design.

Runts Frames that did not meet the minimum frame size requirement of 64 bytes. Typically caused by collisions.
Giants Frames received that are larger than 1518 bytes
Input Errors This is the total of many counters: runts, giants, no buffer, CRC, frame, overrun, and ignored counts.
CRC At the end of each frame is a Frame Check Sequence (FCS) field that holds the answer to a cyclic redundancy check (CRC). If the receiving host’s answer to the CRC does not match the sending host’s answer, then a CRC error will occur.
Frame This output increments when frames received are of an illegal format, or not complete, which is typically incremented when a collision occurs.
Packets Output Total number of packets (frames) forwarded out to the interface.

Output Errors Total number of packets (frames) that the switch port tried to transmit but for which some problem occurred.
Collisions When transmitting a frame in half-duplex, the NIC listens on the receiving pair of the cable for another signal. If a signal is transmitted from another host, a collision has occurred. This output should not increment if you are running full-duplex.
Late Collisions If all Ethernet specifications are followed during the cable install, all collisions should occur by the 64th byte of the frame. If a collision occurs after 64 bytes, the late collisions counter increments. This counter will increment on a duplex mismatched interface, or if cable length exceeds specifications.

A duplex mismatch is a situation in which the switch operates at full- duplex and the connected device operates at half-duplex, or vice versa. The result of a duplex mismatch is extremely slow performance, intermittent connectivity, and loss of connection. Other possible causes of data-link errors at full-duplex are bad cables, a faulty switch port, or NIC software or hardware issues. Use the show interface command to verify the duplex settings.
If the mismatch occurs between two Cisco devices with Cisco Discovery Protocol enabled, you will see Cisco Discovery Protocol error messages on the console or in the logging buffer of both devices.
%CDP-4-DUPLEX_MISMATCH: duplex mismatch discovered on FastEthernet0/2 (not
half duplex)

Cisco Discovery Protocol is useful for detecting errors and for gathering port and system statistics on nearby Cisco devices. CDP is covered in Chapter 7.
Verifying with the show ip interface Command
The show ip interface command will provide you with information

regarding the layer 3 configurations of a router’s interface, such as the IP address and subnet mask, MTU, and if an access list is set on the interface:
Router#sh ip interface
FastEthernet0/0 is up, line protocol is up Internet address is Broadcast address is Address determined by setup command
MTU is 1500 bytes
Helper address is not set
Directed broadcast forwarding is disabled Outgoing access list is not set
Inbound     access list is not set Proxy ARP is enabled
Security level is default Split horizon is enabled
[output cut]

The status of the interface, the IP address and mask, information on whether an access list is set on the interface, and basic IP information are all included in this output.
Using the show ip interface brief Command
The show ip interface brief command is probably one of the best commands that you can ever use on a Cisco router or switch. This command provides a quick overview of the devices interfaces, including the logical address and status:
Router#sh ip int brief
Interface                        IP-Address                OK? Method Status                                          Protocol FastEthernet0/0                                                          unassigned                  YES unset      up                                                 up FastEthernet0/1                                             unassigned                  YES unset      up                                                 up Serial0/0/0           unassigned                                              YES unset                  up                                                                 down Serial0/0/1       unassigned                                              YES unset                  administratively down down
Serial0/1/0                      unassigned                YES unset                                            administratively down down
Serial0/2/0                      unassigned                YES unset                                            administratively down down
Remember, administratively down means that you need to type no shutdown in order to enable the interface. Notice that Serial0/0/0 is up/down, which means that the Physical layer is good and carrier detect is sensed but no keepalives are being received from the remote end. In a

nonproduction network, like the one I am working with, this tells us the clock rate hasn’t been set.
Verifying with the show protocols Command
The show protocols command is also a really helpful command that you’d use in order to quickly see the status of layers 1 and 2 of each interface as well as the IP addresses used.
Here’s a look at one of my production routers:
Router#sh protocols
Global values:
Internet Protocol routing is enabled
Ethernet0/0 is administratively down, line protocol is down Serial0/0 is up, line protocol is up
Internet address is
Serial0/1 is administratively down, line protocol is down Serial0/2 is up, line protocol is up
Internet address is Loopback0 is up, line protocol is up Internet address is

The show ip interface brief and show protocols commands provide the layer 1 and layer 2 statistics of an interface as well as the IP addresses.
The next command, show controllers, only provides layer 1 information. Let’s take a look.
Using the show controllers Command
The show controllers command displays information about the physical interface itself. It’ll also give you the type of serial cable plugged into a serial port. Usually, this will only be a DTE cable that plugs into a type of data service unit (DSU).
Router#sh controllers serial 0/0
HD unit 0, idb = 0x1229E4, driver structure at 0x127E70 buffer size 1524 HD unit 0, V.35 DTE cable
Router#sh controllers serial 0/1
HD unit 1, idb = 0x12C174, driver structure at 0x131600 buffer size 1524 HD unit 1, V.35 DCE cable
Notice that serial 0/0 has a DTE cable, whereas the serial 0/1 connection has a DCE cable. Serial 0/1 would have to provide clocking with the clock rate command. Serial 0/0 would get its clocking from the DSU.

Let’s look at this command again. In Figure 6.5, see the DTE/DCE cable between the two routers? Know that you will not see this in production networks!

FIGURE 6.5 Where do you configure clocking? Use the show controllers command on each router’s serial interface to find out.
Router R1 has a DTE connection, which is typically the default for all Cisco routers. Routers R1 and R2 can’t communicate. Check out the output of the show controllers s0/0 command here:
R1#sh controllers serial 0/0
HD unit 0, idb = 0x1229E4, driver structure at 0x127E70 buffer size 1524 HD unit 0, V.35 DCE cable
The show controllers s0/0 command reveals that the interface is a V.35 DCE cable. This means that R1 needs to provide clocking of the line to router R2. Basically, the interface has the wrong label on the cable on the R1 router’s serial interface. But if you add clocking on the R1 router’s serial interface, the network should come right up.
Let’s check out another issue in Figure 6.6 that you can solve by using the show controllers command. Again, routers R1 and R2 can’t communicate.

FIGURE 6.6 By looking at R1, the show controllers command reveals that R1 and R2 can’t communicate.
Here’s the output of R1’s show controllers s0/0 command and show ip interface s0/0:
R1#sh controllers s0/0
HD unit 0, idb = 0x1229E4, driver structure at 0x127E70 buffer size 1524 HD unit 0,
DTE V.35 clocks stopped
cpb = 0xE2, eda = 0x4140, cda = 0x4000
R1#sh ip interface s0/0
Serial0/0 is up, line protocol is down Internet address is Broadcast address is
If you use the show controllers command and the show ip interface command, you’ll see that router R1 isn’t receiving the clocking of the line. This network is a nonproduction network, so no CSU/DSU is connected to provide clocking for it. This means the DCE end of the cable will be providing the clock rate—in this case, the R2 router. The show ip interface indicates that the interface is up but the protocol is down, which means that no keepalives are being received from the far end. In this example, the likely culprit is the result of bad cable, or simply the lack of clocking.


This was a fun chapter! I showed you a lot about the Cisco IOS, and I really hope you gained a lot of insight into the Cisco router world. I started off by explaining the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) and how you can use the IOS to run and configure Cisco routers. You learned how to bring a router up and what setup mode does. Oh, and by the way, since you can now basically configure Cisco routers, you should

never use setup mode, right?
After I discussed how to connect to a router with a console and LAN connection, I covered the Cisco help features and how to use the CLI to find commands and command parameters. In addition, I discussed some basic show commands to help you verify your configurations.
Administrative functions on a router help you administer your network and verify that you are configuring the correct device. Setting router passwords is one of the most important configurations you can perform on your routers. I showed you the five passwords you must set, plus I introduced you to the hostname, interface description, and banners as tools to help you administer your router.
Well, that concludes your introduction to the Cisco IOS. And, as usual, it’s super-important for you to have the basics that we went over in this chapter down rock-solid before you move on to the following chapters!

Exam Essentials

Describe the responsibilities of the IOS. The Cisco router IOS software is responsible for network protocols and providing supporting functions, connecting high-speed traffic between devices, adding security to control access and prevent unauthorized network use, providing scalability for ease of network growth and redundancy, and supplying network reliability for connecting to network resources.
List the options available to connect to a Cisco device for management purposes. The three options available are the console port, auxiliary port, and in-band communication, such as Telnet, SSH, and HTTP. Don’t forget, a Telnet connection is not possible until an IP address has been configured and a Telnet password has been configured.
Understand the boot sequence of a router. When you first bring up a Cisco router, it will run a power-on self-test (POST), and if that passes, it will look for and load the Cisco IOS from flash memory, if a file is present. The IOS then proceeds to load and looks for a valid configuration in NVRAM called the startup-config. If no file is present in NVRAM, the router will go into setup mode.
Describe the use of setup mode. Setup mode is automatically started if a router boots and no startup-config is in NVRAM. You can also bring

up setup mode by typing setup from privileged mode. Setup provides a minimum amount of configuration in an easy format for someone who does not understand how to configure a Cisco router from the command line.

Differentiate user, privileged, and global configuration modes, both visually and from a command capabilities perspective.

User mode, indicated by the routername> prompt, provides a command- line interface with very few available commands by default. User mode does not allow the configuration to be viewed or changed. Privileged mode, indicated by the routername# prompt, allows a user to both view and change the configuration of a router. You can enter privileged mode by typing the command enable and entering the enable password or enable secret password, if set. Global configuration mode, indicated by the routername(config)# prompt, allows configuration changes to be made that apply to the entire router (as opposed to a configuration change that might affect only one interface, for example).
Recognize additional prompts available in other modes and describe their use. Additional modes are reached via the global configuration prompt, routername(config)#, and their prompts include interface, router(config-if)#, for making interface settings; line configuration mode, router(config-line)#, used to set passwords and make other settings to various connection methods; and routing protocol modes for various routing protocols; router(config-router)#, used to enable and configure routing protocols.
Access and utilize editing and help features. Make use of typing a question mark at the end of commands for help in using the commands. Additionally, understand how to filter command help with the same question mark and letters. Use the command history to retrieve commands previously utilized without retyping. Understand the meaning of the caret when an incorrect command is rejected. Finally, identify useful hot key combinations.
Identify the information provided by theshow version command. The show version command will provide basic configuration for the system hardware as well as the software version, the names and sources of configuration files, the configuration register setting, and the boot images.

Set the hostname of a router. The command sequence to set the hostname of a router is as follows:
enable  config t hostname Todd

Differentiate the enable password and enable secret password.

Both of these passwords are used to gain access into privileged mode. However, the enable secret password is newer and is always encrypted by default. Also, if you set the enable password and then set the enable secret, only the enable secret will be used.
Describe the configuration and use of banners. Banners provide information to users accessing the device and can be displayed at various login prompts. They are configured with the banner command and a keyword describing the specific type of banner.
Set the enable secret on a router. To set the enable secret, you use the global config command enable secret. Do not use enable secret password password or you will set your password to password password.
Here is an example:
enable config t
enable secret todd

Set the console password on a router. To set the console password, use the following sequence:
enable config t
line console 0 password todd login

Set the Telnet password on a router. To set the Telnet password, the sequence is as follows:
enable  config  t line vty 0 4 password todd login

Describe the advantages of using Secure Shell and list its requirements. Secure Shell (SSH) uses encrypted keys to send data so that usernames and passwords are not sent in the clear. It requires that a hostname and domain name be configured and that encryption keys be generated.

Describe the process of preparing an interface for use. To use an interface, you must configure it with an IP address and subnet mask in the same subnet of the hosts that will be connecting to the switch that is connected to that interface. It also must be enabled with the no shutdown command. A serial interface that is connected back to back with another router serial interface must also be configured with a clock rate on the DCE end of the serial cable.
Understand how to troubleshoot a serial link problem. If you type show interface serial 0/0 and see down, line protocol is down, this will be considered a Physical layer problem. If you see it as up, line protocol is down, then you have a Data Link layer problem.
Understand how to verify your router with the show interfaces command . If you type show interfaces, you can view the statistics for the interfaces on the router, verify whether the interfaces are shut down, and see the IP address of each interface.
Describe how to view, edit, delete, and save a configuration. The show running-config command is used to view the current configuration being used by the router. The show startup-config command displays the last configuration that was saved and is the one that will be used at next startup. The copy running-config startup- config command is used to save changes made to the running configuration in NVRAM. The erase startup-config command deletes the saved configuration and will result in the invocation of the setup menu when the router is rebooted because there will be no configuration present.

Written Lab 6: IOS Understanding

In this section, you’ll complete the following lab to make sure you’ve got the information and concepts contained within them fully dialed in:
Lab 6.1: IOS Understanding
You can find the answers to this lab in Appendix A, “Answers to

Written Labs.”
Write out the command or commands for the following questions:
1.       What command is used to set a serial interface to provide clocking to another router at 1000 Kb?
2.       If you telnet into a switch and get the response connection refused, password not set, what commands would you execute on the destination device to stop receiving this message and not be prompted for a password?
3.       If you type show int fastethernet 0/1 and notice the port is administratively down, what commands would you execute to enable the interface?
4.       If you wanted to delete the configuration stored in NVRAM, what command(s) would you type?
5.       If you wanted to set the user-mode password to todd for the console port, what command(s) would you type?
6.       If you wanted to set the enable secret password to cisco, what command(s) would you type?
7.       If you wanted to determine if serial interface 0/2 on your router should provide clocking, what command would you use?
8.       What command would you use to see the terminal history size?
9.       You want to reinitialize the switch and totally replace the running- config with the current startup-config. What command will you use?
0.     How would you set the name of a switch to Sales?

Hands-on Labs

In this section, you will perform commands on a Cisco switch (or you can use a router) that will help you understand what you learned in this chapter.
You’ll need at least one Cisco device—two would be better, three would be outstanding. The hands-on labs in this section are included for use with real Cisco routers, but all of these labs work with the LammleSim IOS version (see or use the Cisco Packet Tracer router

simulator. Last, for the Cisco exam it doesn’t matter what model of switch or router you use with these labs, as long as you’re running IOS 12.2 or newer. Yes, I know the objectives are 15 code, but that is not important for any of these labs.
It is assumed that the device you’re going to use has no current configuration present. If necessary, erase any existing configuration with Hands-on Lab 6.1; otherwise, proceed to Hands-on Lab 6.2:
Lab 6.1: Erasing an Existing Configuration
Lab 6.2: Exploring User, Privileged, and Configuration Modes Lab 6.3: Using the Help and Editing Features
Lab 6.4: Saving a Configuration Lab 6.5: Setting Passwords
Lab 6.6: Setting the Hostname, Descriptions, IP Address, and Clock Rate

Hands-on Lab 6.1: Erasing an Existing Configuration

The following lab may require the knowledge of a username and password to enter privileged mode. If the router has a configuration with an unknown username and password for privileged mode, this procedure will not be possible. It is possible to erase a configuration without a privileged mode password, but the exact steps depend on the model and will not be covered until Chapter 7.
1.     Start the switch up and when prompted, press Enter.
2.     At the Switch> prompt, type enable.
3.     If prompted, enter the username and press Enter. Then enter the correct password and press Enter.
4.     At the privileged mode prompt, type erase startup-config.
5.     At the privileged mode prompt, type reload, and when prompted to save the configuration, type n for no.

Hands-on Lab 6.2: Exploring User, Privileged, and Configuration Modes

In the following lab, you’ll explore user, privileged, and configuration modes:
1.       Plug the switch in, or turn the router on. If you just erased the configuration as in Hands-on Lab 6.1, when prompted to continue with the configuration dialog, enter n for no and press Enter. When prompted, press Enter to connect to your router. This will put you into user mode.
2.       At the Switch> prompt, type a question mark (?).
3.       Notice the –more– at the bottom of the screen.
4.       Press the Enter key to view the commands line by line. Press the spacebar to view the commands a full screen at a time. You can type q at any time to quit.
5.       Type enable or en and press Enter. This will put you into privileged mode where you can change and view the router configuration.
6.       At the Switch# prompt, type a question mark (?). Notice how many options are available to you in privileged mode.
7.       Type q to quit.
8.       Type config and press Enter.
9.       When prompted for a method, press Enter to configure your router using your terminal (which is the default).
0. At the Switch(config)# prompt, type a question mark (?), then q to quit, or press the spacebar to view the commands.
11.     Type interface f0/1 or int f0/1 (or even int gig0/1) and press Enter. This will allow you to configure interface FastEthernet 0/1 or Gigabit 0/1.
2.       At the Switch(config-if)# prompt, type a question mark (?).
3.       If using a router, type int s0/0, interface s0/0 or even interface s0/0/0 and press Enter. This will allow you to configure interface serial 0/0. Notice that you can go from interface to interface easily.
4.       Type encapsulation ?.
5.       Type exit. Notice how this brings you back one level.
6.       Press Ctrl+Z. Notice how this brings you out of configuration mode

and places you back into privileged mode.
7.       Type disable. This will put you into user mode.
8.       Type exit, which will log you out of the router or switch.

Hands-on Lab 6.3: Using the Help and Editing Features

This lab will provide hands-on experience with Cisco’s help and editing features.
1.       Log into your device and go to privileged mode by typing en or enable.
2.       Type a question mark (?).
3.       Type cl? and then press Enter. Notice that you can see all the commands that start with cl.
4 Type clock ? and press Enter.

5.       Set the clock by typing clock ? and, following the help screens, setting the time and date. The following steps walk you through setting the date and time.
6.       Type clock ?.
7.       Type clock set ?.
8.       Type clock set 10:30:30 ?.
9.       Type clock set 10:30:30 14 May ?.
0. Type clock set 10:30:30 14 May 2011.
11.  Press Enter.
2.       Type show clock to see the time and date.
3.       From privileged mode, type show access-list 10. Don’t press Enter.
4.       Press Ctrl+A. This takes you to the beginning of the line.

5.       Press Ctrl+E. This should take you back to the end of the line.
6.       Ctrl+A takes your cursor back to the beginning of the line, and then Ctrl+F moves your cursor forward one character.
7.       Press Ctrl+B, which will move you back one character.
8.       Press Enter, then press Ctrl+P. This will repeat the last command.
9.       Press the up arrow key on your keyboard. This will also repeat the last command.
0.     Type sh history. This shows you the last 10 commands entered.
1.     Type terminal history size ?. This changes the history entry size. The ? is the number of allowed lines.
2.     Type show terminal to gather terminal statistics and history size.
3.     Type terminal no editing. This turns off advanced editing. Repeat steps 14 through 18 to see that the shortcut editing keys have no effect until you type terminal editing.
4.     Type terminal editing and press Enter to re-enable advanced editing.
5.     Type sh run, then press your Tab key. This will finish typing the command for you.
6.     Type sh start, then press your Tab key. This will finish typing the command for you.

Hands-on Lab 6.4: Saving a Configuration

In this lab, you will get hands-on experience saving a configuration:
1.       Log into your device and go into privileged mode by typing en or
enable, then press Enter.
2.       To see the configuration stored in NVRAM, type sh start and press Tab and Enter, or type show startup-config and press Enter. However, if no configuration has been saved, you will get an error message.
3.       To save a configuration to NVRAM, which is known as startup-config, you can do one of the following:
Type copy run start and press Enter.

Type copy running, press Tab, type start, press Tab, and press Enter.

Type copy running-config startup-config and press Enter.

4.       Type sh start, press Tab, then press Enter.
5.       Type sh run, press Tab, then press Enter.
6.       Type erase startup-config, press Tab, then press Enter.
7.       Type sh start, press Tab, then press Enter. The router will either tell you that NVRAM is not present or display some other type of message, depending on the IOS and hardware.
8.       Type reload, then press Enter. Acknowledge the reload by pressing Enter. Wait for the device to reload.
9.       Say no to entering setup mode, or just press Ctrl+C.
Hands-on Lab 6.5: Setting Passwords
This hands-on lab will have you set your passwords.
1.       Log into the router and go into privileged mode by typing en or enable.
2.       Type config t and press Enter.
3.       Type enable ?.
4.       Set your enable secret password by typing enable secretpassword (the third word should be your own personalized password) and pressing Enter. Do not add the parameter password after the parameter secret (this would make your password the word password). An example would be enable secret todd.
5.       Now let’s see what happens when you log all the way out of the router and then log in. Log out by pressing Ctrl+Z, and then type exit and press Enter. Go to privileged mode. Before you are allowed to enter privileged mode, you will be asked for a password. If you successfully enter the secret password, you can proceed.
6.       Remove the secret password. Go to privileged mode, type config t, and press Enter. Type no enable secret and press Enter. Log out and then log back in again; now you should not be asked for a password.
7.       One more password used to enter privileged mode is called the enable password. It is an older, less secure password and is not used if an enable secret password is set. Here is an example of how to set it:
config t
enable password todd1

8. Notice that the enable secret and enable passwords are different. They should never be set the same. Actually, you should never use the enable password, only enable secret.
9.  Type config t to be at the right level to set your console and auxiliary passwords, then type line ?.
0. Notice that the parameters for the line commands are auxiliary, vty, and console. You will set all three if you’re on a router; if you’re on a switch, only the console and VTY lines are available.
11.  To set the Telnet or VTY password, type line vty 0 4 and then press Enter. The 0 4 is the range of the five available virtual lines used to connect with Telnet. If you have an enterprise IOS, the number of lines may vary. Use the question mark to determine the last line number available on your router.

The next command is used to set the authentication on or off. Type login and press Enter to prompt for a user-mode password when telnetting into the device. You will not be able to telnet into a Cisco device if the password is not set.

3.       One more command you need to set for your VTY password is password. Type passwordpassword to set the password. (password is your password.)
4.       Here is an example of how to set the VTY password:
config  t line vty 0 4 password todd login

5.       Set your auxiliary password by first typing line auxiliary 0 or line aux 0 (if you are using a router).
6.       Type login.
7.       Type password-password.
8.       Set your console password by first typing line console 0 or line con 0.
9.       Type login.
0.     Type passwordpassword. Here is an example of the last two command sequences:
config t line con 0
password todd1 login
line aux 0 password todd login
1.     You can add the Exec-timeout 0 0 command to the console 0 line. This will stop the console from timing out and logging you out. The command sequence will now look like this:
config t line con 0
password todd2 login
exec-timeout 0 0

2.     Set the console prompt to not overwrite the command you’re typing with console messages by using the command logging synchronous.
config t line con 0
logging synchronous

Hands-on Lab 6.6: Setting the Hostname, Descriptions, IP Address, and Clock Rate

This lab will have you set your administrative functions on each device.
1.       Log into the switch or router and go into privileged mode by typing en
or enable. If required, enter a username and password.

2.       Set your hostname by using the hostname command. Notice that it is one word. Here is an example of setting your hostname on your router, but the switch uses the exact same command:
Router#config t Router(config)#hostname RouterA RouterA(config)#
Notice that the hostname of the router changed in the prompt as soon as you pressed Enter.
3.       Set a banner that the network administrators will see by using the
banner command, as shown in the following steps.
4.       Type config t, then banner ?.
5.       Notice that you can set at least four different banners. For this lab we are only interested in the login and message of the day (MOTD) banners.
6.       Set your MOTD banner, which will be displayed when a console, auxiliary, or Telnet connection is made to the router, by typing this:
config t banner motd #
This is an motd banner #

7.       The preceding example used a # sign as a delimiting character. This tells the router when the message is done. You cannot use the delimiting character in the message itself.
8.       You can remove the MOTD banner by typing the following command:
config t
no banner motd

9.       Set the login banner by typing this:
config t banner login #
This is a login banner #

0. The login banner will display immediately after the MOTD but before the user-mode password prompt. Remember that you set your user- mode passwords by setting the console, auxiliary, and VTY line

11.     You can remove the login banner by typing this:
config t
no banner login

2.       You can add an IP address to an interface with the ip address command if you are using a router. You need to get into interface configuration mode first; here is an example of how you do that:
config t int f0/1
ip address no shutdown

Notice that the IP address ( and subnet mask ( are configured on one line. The no shutdown (or no shut for short) command is used to enable the interface. All interfaces are shut down by default on a router. If you are on a layer 2 switch, you can set an IP address only on the VLAN 1 interface.
3.       You can add identification to an interface by using the description command. This is useful for adding information about the connection. Here is an example:
config t int f0/1
ip address no shut
description LAN link to Finance

4.       You can add the bandwidth of a serial link as well as the clock rate when simulating a DCE WAN link on a router. Here is an example:
config t int s0/0
bandwidth 1000
clock rate 1000000


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