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.
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.
This lab is suitable for CCENT certification exam preparation.
This lab has a difficulty rating of 4/10.
When you are ready for your certification exam, you should complete this lab in no more than 5 minutes.
Please use the following topology to complete this lab exercise:
Configure a hostname on Sw1.
Permit console access using the local username howtonetwork and the password CISCO.
Test access if you have a PC and console port.
Configuration and Verification
For reference information on configuring hostnames, please refer to earlier labs.
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
Here is my console connection to the switch (the password won’t show when typed):
User Access Verification Username: howtonework Password: Switch>