Chapter 2: Managing a Router Using Cisco IOS
Connecting to a Cisco router
Understanding the startup process of a Cisco router
Configuring a Cisco router
Managing Cisco router configurations
Managing Cisco router authentication
Read this chapter to find out how to use the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) to manage Cisco routers. The following topics are covered:
♦ Local and remote router connectivity options
♦ How to use the IOS command-line interface (CLI) as well as the graphical user interface (GUI) to manage Cisco routers
♦ How to secure access to Cisco routers using passwords
♦ How to manage configurations on Cisco routers
Managing a Cisco router is very similar to managing a Cisco switch. Most IOS commands are the same for switches and routers, but the output differs in some cases. Most IOS commands and GUI tools are available for both switches and routers. Some GUI tools are only available for routers, such as the Cisco Router and Security Device Manager (SDM) and SDM Express. Other GUI tools are only available for switches, such as the Cisco Device Manager. You find out about router management IOS commands and GUI tools in this chapter. You can skip over or skim through sections covering tools that you already read about in Book III, Chapter 2.
Best Practices for Using Cisco Routers
You need to understand best practices for using entry-level and top-of-the-line products. For example, top-of-the-line routers are best suited for the core layer or ...