120 Labs for Cisco CCNA 200-125 and CCENT Exams

Lab 52: Permitting Console Access to Catalyst IOS Switches—Login Local

Lab Objective:

The objective of this lab exercise is for you to learn and understand how to configure a switch to be secure on the console port.

Lab Purpose:

Console access configuration is a fundamental skill. Switches are always configured first via console access because there is no Telnet access configured. As a Cisco engineer, as well as in the Cisco CCNA exam, you will be expected to know how to configure a switch to allow access via the console.

Certification Level:

This lab is suitable for CCENT certification exam preparation.

Lab Difficulty:

This lab has a difficulty rating of 4/10.

Readiness Assessment:

When you are ready for your certification exam, you should complete this lab in no more than 5 minutes.

Lab Topology:

Please use the following topology to complete this lab exercise:

Task 1:

Configure a hostname on Sw1.

Task 2:

Permit console access using the local username howtonetwork and the password CISCO.

Task 3:

Test access if you have a PC and console port.

Configuration and Verification

Task 1:

For reference information on configuring hostnames, please refer to earlier labs.

Task 2:

Sw1#conf t 
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CTRL/Z. 
Sw1(config)#username howtonetwork password CISCO 
Sw1(config)#line console 0 
Sw1(config-line)#login local 
Sw1(config-line)#exit

Task 3:

Here is my console connection to the switch (the password won’t show when typed):

User Access Verification

Username: howtonework
Password:

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