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Cisco CSS 11500 Series Content Services Switches

Change the Admin Username and Password for the CSS 11000 and 11500 using the CLI

Document ID: 21037

Updated: Jan 30, 2006

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Introduction

This document describes how you can change the username and password on the CSS 11000 and CSS 11500 Series Content Switches.

Prerequisites

Requirements

There are no specific requirements for this document.

Components Used

The information in this document is based on CSS 11500 version 7.20 Build 206.

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.

Conventions

Refer to Cisco Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document conventions.

Step-by-Step Procedure

Complete these steps:

  1. Power on the unit, if it is not on already.

  2. Log in using the current administrator password.

    Refer to Password Recovery Procedure for the Cisco CSS 11000 and CSS 11500 Series Content Switches if you do not know the password.

  3. Enter global configuration command mode.

    CSS#config
    
  4. Look at the current usernames configured.

    CSS(config)#show running-config global
    !*************************** GLOBAL ***************************
    username admin des-password 6bdgvh6behth6hga superuser
    ip route 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 172.16.1.11 1
    CSS(config)#
  5. In this case, there is only one user account, the admin account. You need to change the password of this account.

  6. Issue the username command to add or change a user.

    If the user is to be granted superuser privileges, add the superuser keyword to the command.

    Important: If you change the admin account and do not put the superuser keyword at the end, then you need to use the Password Recovery Procedure for the Cisco CSS 11000 and CSS 11500 Series Content Switches.

    CSS(config)#username admin password system superuser 
       CSS(config)#show running-config global 
       !*************************** GLOBAL *************************** 
       username admin des-password lecfjgyezbeaxb2g superuser 
       ip route 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 172.16.1.1 1 
       CSS(config)# 
  7. Use the same procedure to add new accounts.

    CSS(config)#username cisco password cisco1 superuser 
       CSS(config)#username billy password billy1 
       CSS(config)#show running-config global 
       !*************************** GLOBAL *************************** 
       username admin des-password lecfjgyezbeaxb2g superuser 
       username cisco des-password pgqcidcfdexb1hah superuser 
       username billy des-password wb5h1eneiancohlb 
       ip route 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 172.16.1.1 1 
       CSS(config)# 

    Note: The billy account does not have superuser privileges. This user does not get the # prompt when the user logs in.

It is important to note the distinction between the usernames defined in the configuration and the admin account specified in the Offline Diagnostic Module (OFFDM). Upon bootup, the CSS loads the username and password from the OFFDM. When the startup configuration is read into memory, the usernames that are configured are then read into memory. If any of the usernames in the startup configuration are the same as in the OFFDM (such as admin), then the username and password in the startup configuration take precedence.

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Updated: Jan 30, 2006
Document ID: 21037