When starting a session, the initial mode is the User EXEC mode. Only a
limited subset of commands is available in this mode. This level is reserved
for tasks that do not change the configuration. To enter the next level, the
Privileged EXEC mode, a password is required.
The Privileged EXEC mode provides access to commands that can not be
executed in the User EXEC mode and permits access to the switch
The Global Configuration mode manages switch configuration on a global
level. For specific interface configurations, command modes exist at a sub-
Entering a <?> at the system prompt displays a list of commands available
for that particular command mode. A specific command is used to navigate
from one command mode to another. The standard order to access the modes
is as follows: User EXEC mode, Privileged EXEC mode, Global
Configuration mode, and Interface Configuration and other specific
User EXEC Mode
After logging into the switch, the user is automatically in the User EXEC
command mode unless the user is defined as a privileged user. In general, the
User EXEC commands allow the user to perform basic tests, and list system
The user-level prompt consists of the switch host name followed by the angle
The default host name is Console unless it has been changed using the
hostname command in the Global Configuration mode.
Privileged EXEC Mode
Because many of the privileged commands set operating parameters,
privileged access is password-protected to prevent unauthorized use. The
password is not displayed on the screen and is case sensitive.
Privileged users enter into the Privileged EXEC mode from User EXEC
mode, where the following prompt is displayed.
Using the CLI