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Configuring the Catalyst

Chapter Description

This sample chapter from Cisco Press compares differences between the router CLI and the Catalyst 4000/5000/6000 family. It also describes the command line interface including aspects like command line recall, command editing, uploading and downloading code images and configuration files, and finally provides an overview of the menu driven configuration for the other Catalysts.

Configuring Other Catalysts

As mentioned in the opening sections of this chapter, the other Catalysts (non-5000/6000 family) use other configuration methods. The three remaining types come from Grand Junction for the Catalyst 1900/2800 products, Kalpana for the Catalyst 3000 family, and Cisco IOS for the 2900XL and 8500. This section provides a quick overview of the configuration methods for the 1900/2800 and the 3000 because they use methods entirely different from the IOS methods of the 2900XL and 8500, and the CLI mode of the Catalyst 5000/6000. This section does not enter into any detail, but only serves to highlight the configuration interfaces.

After you understand how various aspects of the Catalyst 5000/6000 family operates, such as bridging, Inter-Switch Link (ISL), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), and so forth, you basically understand what to configure on the other Catalysts. The difference is in what features are supported and how to effect configuration changes.

Catalyst 1900/2800 Configuration

The 1900/2800 products use a hierarchical menu structure to make changes. Example 4-16 shows one of the higher level menus from which you can make changes. To select a lower menu, type the letter of the menu item. To return to a higher menu, type X.

Example 4-16 Catalyst 1900 Main Menu Display

Catalyst 1900 - Main Menu

[C] Console Settings

[S] System

[N] Network Management

[P] Port Configuration

[A] Port Addressing

[D] Port Statistics Detail

[M] Monitoring

[V] Virtual LAN

[R] Multicast Registration

[F] Firmware

[I] RS-232 Interface

[U] Usage Summaries

[H] Help

[X] Exit Management Console


Catalyst 3000 Configuration

Like the 1900/2800, the Catalyst 3000 series also uses a hierarchical menu structure. It differs, however, from the 1900/2800 in how you maneuver through the menus. In the Catalyst 3000, you use the arrow keys from your terminal to highlight an item, and then you press <ENTER>. Example 4-17 illustrates the Catalyst 3000 series menu.

Example 4-17 Catalyst 3000 Menu Example

Configuration

SwitchProbe...

Switch/Stack Information...

EtherChannel...

VLAN/VTP Configuration...

MAC Filter & Port Security...

IP Configuration...

Learn and Lock...

SNMP Configuration...

Address Aging...

Spanning Tree...

Port Switching Mode...

Port Configuration...

Broadcast Suppression...

CDP Configuration...

Password...

CGMP Configuration...

Console Configuration...

Module Information...

ATM Configuration...

100VG Port Information...

Router Configuration...

RMON Configuration

Display the Main Menu

Use cursor keys to choose item. Press <RETURN> to confirm choice.

Press <CTRL><P> to return to Main Menu.

 


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