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Junos® OS For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Michael Bushong, Cathy Gadecki, Walter Goralski

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Configuring Junos OS Devices with J-Web

The last section in this chapter is a bit misleading. Not misleading in the sense that you can't configure the device with J-Web; you certainly can. It's a bit misleading in the sense that everything done in this chapter since the hardware install with the CLI can also be done with J-Web. So, although J-Web is a different configuration tool — a graphical user interface (GUI) and network management tool, not a CLI — the result is the same.

You may be asking: If the end result of using J-Web is the same as when using the CLI, why care about J-Web? The answer is shown in the following list, which shows some benefits of using J-Web rather than CLI:

  • Many users prefer to work with GUIs rather than command lines because a GUI is their usual operating environment, so they are familiar with it.
  • You can complete more configuration steps at once on a single page.
  • Multifunction devices (such as switches that route and perform firewall functions, act as a DHCP server, and so on) are rendered more understandable when features are presented as functional sections.
  • The J-Web GUI is easier to understand and use than commands and modes are.

All in all, J-Web can make configuration of Junos OS devices, especially low-end devices, simpler and more compartmentalized.

Figure 5-1 shows the login page for the SRX 100 Services Gateway (note that the interface may look slightly different depending on which version you are working on). Just connect the device to ...

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