Cisco LocalDirector 400 Series

Troubleshooting Telnet Access on a Cisco LocalDirector

Document ID: 12628

Updated: Jan 31, 2006



This document can help you troubleshoot a Cisco LocalDirector that does not accept Telnet connections.



There are no specific requirements for this document.

Components Used

The information in this document is based on the following software and hardware versions:

  • All LocalDirector software versions 4.2.2 and earlier

  • All LocalDirector hardware platforms

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.


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Setting Up a Telnet Session on LocalDirector

LocalDirector must have an IP address assigned to it.

  1. Go into configuration mode.

    localdirector# configure terminal
  2. Assign an IP address to the LocalDirector.

    localdirector(config)# ip address
  3. Specify the default gateway or route for the LocalDirector to ensure a return path to the Telnet client.

    localdirector(config)# route
  4. Identify which clients can make a Telnet connection into the LocalDirector.

    The following example shows how to allow Telnet access to the LocalDirector for the 10.x.x.x network, the 192.168.x.x network, and the client.

    localdirector(config)# telnet
    localdirector(config)# telnet
    localdirector(config)# telnet
  5. Assign LocalDirector a Telnet password.

    localdirector(config)# password *******

    Note: The enable password will not allow you to make a Telnet connection into the LocalDirector. The LocalDirector allows only the standard password to initiate a Telnet connection.

Troubleshooting LocalDirector if Telnet Fails

If you cannot connect via Telnet after you have configured LocalDirector, try the following tests:

  1. Ping the Telnet client from LocalDirector.

    If the ping is successful, go to Step 2. If not, verify that the routing statement on the LocalDirector is correct and check that you can ping the default gateway from the LocalDirector. Issue the show arp command and check that the LocalDirector has an ARP entry for the default gateway.

  2. Issue the who command in LocalDirector to verify that no more than three users are logged in.

    LocalDirector allows four users to Telnet in at one time.

  3. If you complete Steps 1 and 2 and you still cannot achieve Telnet access to the LocalDirector, check if a firewall or a device is preventing Telnet (Port 23) traffic to the LocalDirector.

  4. If you can reach the LocalDirector but your password is refused, verify that you are using the non-enabled password.


Please note the two following caveats.

DDTS Description
CSCdr98880 (registered customers only) After five unanswered syn to LocalDirector, you can no longer use Telnet to access LocalDirector.
CSCdu60081 (registered customers only) LocalDirector stops accepting Telnet and dumps when commands are issued through the console.

Related Information

Updated: Jan 31, 2006
Document ID: 12628