Archive for the 'Maintenance' Category

Restoring Cisco Router Configuration

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

In the event that you have lost the configuration on your Cisco device, restoration is straight forward assuming of course you had made a backup. There are 2 ways to restore the configuration to put our device back to normal                   1/ Copy and paste the backup configuration directly to the device                 2/ [...]

Upgrading the IOS on a Cisco Router

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Cisco brings out new versions of the operating system quite frequently, and of course there are different versions of the operating system for each of the appliances. Different IOS’s will support different commands and different features and it’s not uncommon to have to change the IOS that your device is running to support commands you [...]

Backing Up the Running-Config and IOS

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The first and most important rule in IT, is “Backup soon, Backup often!” It’s a logical statement but sadly one that many people only truly appreciate when it’s too late!   Two of the most important files on a Cisco router are the Running-Config which stores the current configuration of your router, and the IOS [...]

Password Recovery Procedure for Cisco Routers

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Cisco offers a password recovery technique for almost every device they have available. In this post, I’m going to cover how to complete a password recovery on a Cisco router. There are 2 things that have to be in place before a password recovery can be done. 1/ Physical access to the router 2/ A [...]

Interface Status

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

One of the first steps in troubleshooting a network, is to identify if the lines (links) are operational. On a Cisco router, the quickest way to see all lines as well as their status is by using the “show ip interface brief” command.   In the live demo below, you will see that I have [...]

Configuring an IP address on a Cisco Device

Friday, June 26th, 2009

In order to set up an IP address on an interface, we need to be in the interface level of the command line. This is a level within the global configuration level. From global configuration mode, we can enter the ‘interface serial 1/0’ command. If you are unsure of what interfaces are on the router, [...]

The difference between Run and Start and how to save!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Every Cisco device has 2 sets of configurations. On routers and switches these configurations are called ‘running-config’ and ‘startup-config’ When you make any changed on a router or switch, the change applies to the running-configuration and will affect the router or switch with immediate effect. However, if the device is reloaded for whatever reason, all [...]

Banner – Message Of The Day (MOTD)

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

It is advisable that on all your devices in your network, you have a disclaimer or message that appears when someone connects to your device. There have been many cases over the years where a hacker has gained access, been caught, and got away with it since there was nothing in place informing that they [...]

Setting the enable password and secret on a Cisco device

Friday, June 19th, 2009

By default a Cisco device does not have any passwords on it, so access to the console is open by default, and anyone connecting to the device is able to access privileged mode (enable mode). This of course is a security risk and one of the first things that should be done with a new [...]

Configuring the Console port on a Cisco Device

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The console is a physical port on a Cisco device that allows us to connect to the device using a directly connected cable from your PC. It is the easiest and most reliable method of connecting to a Cisco device as it does not require configuration on the device and is enabled by default. It [...]