120 Labs for Cisco CCNA 200-125 and CCENT Exams

Lab 56: Configuring MOTD Banners

Lab Objective:

The objective of this lab exercise is for you to learn and understand how to configure message of the day banners on Cisco IOS devices.

Lab Purpose:

MOTD banner configuration is a fundamental skill. The MOTD banner is displayed on all terminals connected and is useful for sending messages that affect all users. As a Cisco engineer, as well as in the Cisco CCNA exam, you will be expected to know how to configure an MOTD banner.

Certification Level:

This lab is suitable for CCNA certification exam preparation.

Lab Difficulty:

This lab has a difficulty rating of 3/10.

Readiness Assessment:

When you are ready for your certification exam, you should complete this lab in no more than 10 minutes.

Lab Topology:

Please use any Cisco IOS device to complete this lab.

Task 1:

Configure a hostname of your liking on your device.

Task 2:

Configure the device MOTD banner exactly as follows: ##################################################

This is a private system. If you have connected to this device accidentally, please disconnect immediately! ##################################################

Task 3:

If you are connected to the device via the console port, issue the quit command to reset the console. Now connect back to the device (hit Enter) and you should see the MOTD banner.

Configuration and Verification

Task 1:

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

Task 2:

R1#conf t 
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CTRL/Z. 
R1(config)#banner motd % 
Enter TEXT message.  End with the character “%”. 
################################################## 

This is a private system. If you have connected to this device accidentally, please disconnect immediately! 

############################################ 
% 
R1(config)#end 
R1#

NOTE: Be careful not to use the delimiting character in your banner configuration. Most people have a tendency to use the # symbol as a delimiting character, and then forget and use it in their banner configuration, resulting in an incomplete banner on the device. Practice configuring banners with other delimiting characters as well.

Task 3:

Press RETURN to get started. 

############################################ 

This is a private system. If you have connected to this device accidentally, please disconnect immediately! 

##################################################

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