Cisco ONS 15454 Series Multiservice Provisioning Platforms

Load the Minimum IOS Configuration into ML-Series Card

Document ID: 65128

Updated: Jan 05, 2006



This document describes how to load the minimum Cisco IOS® Software configuration into Multi-Layer (ML) cards through Cisco Transport Controller (CTC) on Cisco ONS 15454.



Cisco recommends that you have knowledge of these topics:

  • Cisco ONS 15454

  • Cisco ONS 15454 ML-Series Ethernet Cards

  • Cisco IOS Software

Components Used

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

  • Cisco ONS 15454 Release 4.1.3 and later

  • ML-Series Card (bundled as part of the ONS 4.1.3 Release)

  • Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(19)EO1 and later

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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Background Information

Startup Configuration File

In order to function beyond the default configuration when the ML-Series Card is reset, the card needs a startup configuration file that contains a minimum configuration. If no startup configuration file exists in the TCC+/TCC2 flash memory, the card boots up to a default configuration. In such a case, you cannot establish a Telnet connection to the card until you load a startup configuration file onto the ML-Series Card. You can access the card only through the console port.

You can manually set up the startup configuration file through the serial console port and the Cisco IOS CLI configuration mode. Alternatively, you can use a sample startup configuration file that Cisco IOS supplies. You can load the sample configuration file through CTC.

Minimum Cisco IOS Software Configuration for ML-Series Cards

In order to access the ML-Series Cards, you can use the sample configuration file to load the minimum IOS configuration. If you try to access the ML-Series Card without the minimum IOS configuration, this error message appears:

Password required, but none set.

In order to access the minimum IOS configuration for the ML-Series Card, set the password:

hostname <host name>
enable secret <password>
line vty 0 4
password <password>

Load the Minimum Configuration

Complete these steps to load the minimum configuration:

  1. Right-click the ML-Series Card, and select IOS startup config from the shortcut menu (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1 – IOS Startup Config


    Figure 2 – Select Local -> TCC


  2. In the dialog box that appears, click the Local -> TCC button (see Figure 2).

    The Open dialog box appears (see Figure 3).

    Figure 3 – The Open Dialog Box


  3. Navigate to the configuration file named config.txt, which contains the minimum IOS configuration for the ML-Series Card.

  4. Click Open.

    You receive a prompt to confirm the action (see Figure 4).

    Figure 4 – Confirm the Action


  5. Click Yes.

    The Transfer Successful dialog box appears (see Figure 5).

    Figure 5 – Transfer Successful


    This message indicates that the minimum IOS configuration is successfully loaded.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Reload the ML-Series card.

Related Information

Updated: Jan 05, 2006
Document ID: 65128