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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:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/netmgtsw/ps6504/ps5931/prod_white_paper0900aecd802d1b95.html

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
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