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Cisco Network Assistant is a great tool which can be easily utilised to manage Cisco switches. A large range of switches are supported. You may find a quick guide here:

In addition to the above link all that is required is to enable HTTP access on the devices.

Console into the switch and enter configuration mode, after which issue the below:

  1. aaa new-model
  2. aaa authentication login default local
  3. username ****** password  **************
  4. ip http server
  5. ip http authentication enable
  6. service password-encryption

That’s all folks.

Although not required for CNA, Ciscoworks requires SNMP to be set up and since I am in the network management theme I will post here the necessary configuration for snmp

  1. aaa new-model – Enables Authentication Authorisation and Accounting
  2. username ***** password  ***** – Creates login Authentication parameters
  3. aaa authentication login default local – Creates local authentication list
  4. snmp-server community ***** RO – Defines Read-Only Community String
  5. snmp-server community ***** RW – Defines Read-Write Community String
  6. snmp-server system-shutdown – Enables System shutdown using the reload function
  7. snmp-server enable traps – Enables sending traps and specifies the type of notifications to be sent. In this case since a specific traps were not required, traps were just enabled.

Since i was at it, i decided to finish off with ODS Pizza swtch SNMP configuration (now considered as a totally obsolete switch) I had used this switch for my dissertation so the below commands were useful to me.

ODS Xylan Pizza Switch (replace the “private” and “public” passwords with something decent obviously)

  1. Set Community Name   – private
  2. Get Community Name   – public
  3. Trap Community Name  – public
  4. Broadcast Traps      – enabled   UDP destination port 162
  5. Unicast Traps     – disabled


  1. Maaaan, you know there is such thing in the web like search engine, if you don’t, go there to understand why this post is bullshit

    • Dude, Google is formed by blogs like these, I think you fail to understand what a blog is. There is nothing that specifies that information has to be new. It is enough for information to be explained in a different manner and being more concise. Sometimes the issue is you find too much information.

      I suggest you think before you post and please moderate your language please, the net has become dirty enough. Let us keep this professional.


  2. Good reply Kirk. U r so exactly right. sounds like that guy needs to take an anger mgt class. lol.

  3. Thanks, I’m going to try this config in a few…

  4. thx a lot Kirk

  5. thanks this is useful but i need all wifi access point connected in wifi controller so how to connect this one

  6. Reblogged this on The Tech Repository and commented:
    Hi, Could you please refer this one

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