How do you set an enabled password in a Cisco 2960 switch?

How do you set an enabled password in a Cisco 2960 switch?

Technical Step to follow on Switch

  1. Connect to the switch using a console connection or a secure shell (SSH) connection.
  2. Enter global configuration mode by typing “configure terminal” and pressing Enter.
  3. Set the enable password by typing the following command: enable password <password>
  4. Where <password> is the password you want to set.
  5. (Optional) If you want to set the enable secret password instead, you can use the following command:
  6. enable secret <password>
  7. The enable secret password is encrypted and is more secure than the enable password.
  8. (Optional) If you want to set a different enable password for each privilege level, you can use the following command:
  9. Copy codeenable password <level> <password>
  10. Where <level> is the privilege level (e.g. 0, 1, 2, etc.) and <password> is the password you want to set.
  11. Save your changes by typing “write memory” and pressing Enter.
  12. Exit global configuration mode by typing “exit” and pressing Enter.
  13. You should now have an enabled password set on your Cisco 2960 switch. You can use this password to log in to the switch in privileged mode and access advanced configuration options.

Common issues faced while setting up the enable password

  • Forgotten passwords: In case the enable password is forgotten, the switch can be recovered by using the “reset” command and then the password can be recovered or changed.
  • typographical error: Incorrectly typing the commands or passwords can lead to authentication failure.
  • Configuration not saved: After setting the enable password, the configuration is not saved, resulting in the password being lost after a reboot.
  • Incorrect enable secret format: When using “enable secret” command, if the password is not in the correct format it may fail to set.

It is important to remember to securely store the new enable password, and to change it regularly for security purposes.

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