Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers SIP and SPA Software Configuration Guide
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Table of Contents

Using Cisco IOS XE Software

Accessing the CLI Using a Router Console

Accessing the CLI Using a Directly-Connected Console

Connecting to the Console Port

Using the Console Interface

Accessing the CLI from a Remote Console Using Telnet

Preparing to Connect to the Router Console Using Telnet

Using Telnet to Access a Console Interface

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Using the History Buffer to Recall Commands

Understanding Command Modes

Getting Help

Finding Command Options: An Example

Using the no and default Forms of Commands

Saving Configuration Changes

Filtering the Output of the show and more Commands

Finding Support Information for Platforms and Cisco Software Images

Using the Cisco Feature Navigator

Using the Software Advisor

Using Software Release Notes

Using Cisco IOS XE Software

This chapter provides information to prepare you to configure a SPA interface processor (SIP) or shared port adapter (SPA) using the Cisco IOS XE software. It includes the following sections:

Accessing the CLI Using a Router Console

The following sections describe how to access the command-line interface (CLI) using a directly-connected console or by using Telnet to obtain a remote console:

For more detailed information about configuring and accessing a router through various services, refer to the Cisco IOS Terminal Services Configuration Guide and Cisco IOS Terminal Services Command Reference publications.

Accessing the CLI Using a Directly-Connected Console

This section describes how to connect to the console port on the router and use the console interface to access the CLI.

The console port on a Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router is an EIA/TIA-232 asynchronous, serial connection with no flow control and an RJ-45 connector. The console port is located on the front panel of each Route Processor, as shown in Figure 1-1.

Figure 1-1 Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers Console Port Connector

 

1

CARRIER LED

4

MGMT Ethernet connector

2

BITS connector

5

CON connector

3

LINK LED

6

AUX connector

Connecting to the Console Port

Before you can use the console interface on the router using a terminal or PC, you must perform the following steps:


Step 1 Configure your terminal emulation software with the following settings:

  • 9600 bits per second (b/s)
  • 8 data bits
  • No parity
  • 1 stop bit
  • No flow control

NoteThese are the default serial communication parameters on the router. For information about how to change the default settings to meet the requirements of your terminal or host, refer to the These are the default serial communication parameters on the router. For information about how to change the default settings to meet the requirements of your terminal or host, refer to the Cisco IOS Terminal Services Configuration Guide.


Step 2 Connect to the port using the RJ-45-to-RJ-45 cable and RJ-45-to-DB-25 DTE adapter or using the RJ-45-to-DB-9 DTE adapter (labeled “Terminal”).


 

Using the Console Interface

To access the CLI using the console interface, complete the following steps:


Step 1 After you attach the terminal hardware to the console port on the router and you configure your terminal emulation software with the proper settings, the following prompt appears:

Press Return for Console prompt
 

Step 2 Press Return to enter user EXEC configuration mode. The following prompt appears:

Router>
 

Step 3 From user EXEC configuration mode, enter the enable command as shown in the following example:

Router> enable
 

Step 4 At the password prompt, enter your system password. The following example shows entry of the password called “enablepass”:

Password: enablepass
 

Step 5 When your enable password is accepted, the privileged EXEC mode prompt appears:

Router#
 

Step 6 You now have access to the CLI in privileged EXEC mode and you can enter the necessary commands to complete your desired tasks.

Step 7 To exit the console session, enter the quit command as shown in the following example:

Router# quit
 


 

Accessing the CLI from a Remote Console Using Telnet

This section describes how to connect to the console interface on a router using Telnet to access the CLI.

Preparing to Connect to the Router Console Using Telnet

Before you can access the router remotely using Telnet from a TCP/IP network, you need to configure the router to support virtual terminal lines (vtys) using the line vty global configuration command. You also should configure the vtys to require login and specify a password.


NoteTo prevent disabling login on the line, be careful that you specify a password with the To prevent disabling login on the line, be careful that you specify a password with the password command when you configure the login line configuration command. If you are using authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), you should configure the login authentication line configuration command. To prevent disabling login on the line for AAA authentication when you configure a list with the login authentication command, you must also configure that list using the aaa authentication login global configuration command. For more information about AAA services, refer to the Cisco IOS Security Configuration Guide and Cisco IOS Security Command Reference publications.


In addition, before you can make a Telnet connection to the router, you must have a valid hostname for the router or have an IP address configured on the router. For more information about requirements for connecting to the router using Telnet, information about customizing your Telnet services, and using Telnet key sequences, refer to the Cisco IOS Terminal Services Configuration Guide.

Using Telnet to Access a Console Interface

To access a console interface using Telnet, complete the following steps:


Step 1 From your terminal or PC, enter one of the following commands:

  • connect host [ port ] [ keyword ]
  • telnet host [ port ] [ keyword ]

In this syntax, host is the router hostname or an IP address, port is a decimal port number (23 is the default), and keyword is a supported keyword. For more information, refer to the Cisco IOS Terminal Services Command Reference .


NoteIf you are using an access server, then you will need to specify a valid port number such as If you are using an access server, then you will need to specify a valid port number such as telnet 172.20.52.40 2004, in addition to the hostname or IP address.


The following example shows the telnet command to connect to the router named router :

unix_host% telnet router
Trying 172.20.52.40...
Connected to 172.20.52.40.
Escape character is '^]'.
unix_host% connect
 

Step 2 At the password prompt, enter your login password. The following example shows entry of the password called “mypass”:

 
User Access Verification
 
Password: mypass

NoteIf no password has been configured, press If no password has been configured, press Return.


Step 3 From user EXEC mode, enter the enable command as shown in the following example:

Router> enable
 

Step 4 At the password prompt, enter your system password. The following example shows entry of the password called “enablepass”:

Password: enablepass
 

Step 5 When the enable password is accepted, the privileged EXEC mode prompt appears:

Router#
 

Step 6 You now have access to the CLI in privileged EXEC mode and you can enter the necessary commands to complete your desired tasks.

Step 7 To exit the Telnet session, use the exit or logout command as shown in the following example:

Router# logout
 


 

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Commands are not case sensitive. You can abbreviate commands and parameters if the abbreviations contain enough letters to be different from any other currently available commands or parameters.

Table 1-1 lists the keyboard shortcuts for entering and editing commands.

 

Table 1-1 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keystrokes
Purpose

Ctrl-B or
the Left Arrow key1

Move the cursor back one character

Ctrl-F or
the Right Arrow key 1

Move the cursor forward one character

Ctrl-A

Move the cursor to the beginning of the command line

Ctrl-E

Move the cursor to the end of the command line

Esc B

Move the cursor back one word

Esc F

Move the cursor forward one word

1.The arrow keys function only on ANSI-compatible terminals such as VT100s.

Using the History Buffer to Recall Commands

The history buffer stores the last 20 commands you entered. History substitution allows you to access these commands without retyping them, by using special abbreviated commands.

Table 1-2 lists the history substitution commands.

 

Table 1-2 History Substitution Commands

Command
Purpose

Ctrl-P or the Up Arrow key2

Recall commands in the history buffer, beginning with the most recent command. Repeat the key sequence to recall successively older commands.

Ctrl-N or the Down Arrow key 1

Return to more recent commands in the history buffer after recalling commands with Ctrl-P or the Up Arrow key.

Router# show history

While in EXEC mode, list the last several commands you have just entered.

2.The arrow keys function only on ANSI-compatible terminals such as VT100s.

Understanding Command Modes

You use the CLI to access Cisco IOS XE software. Because the CLI is divided into many different modes, the commands available to you at any given time depend on the mode that you are currently in. Entering a question mark ( ? ) at the CLI prompt allows you to obtain a list of commands available for each command mode.

When you log in to the CLI, you are in user EXEC mode. User EXEC mode contains only a limited subset of commands. To have access to all commands, you must enter privileged EXEC mode, normally by using a password. From privileged EXEC mode, you can issue any EXEC command—user or privileged mode—or you can enter global configuration mode. Most EXEC commands are one-time commands. For example, show commands show important status information, and clear commands clear counters or interfaces. The EXEC commands are not saved when the software reboots.

Configuration modes allow you to make changes to the running configuration. If you later save the running configuration to the startup configuration, these changed commands are stored when the software is rebooted. To enter specific configuration modes, you must start at global configuration mode. From global configuration mode, you can enter interface configuration mode and a variety of other modes, such as protocol-specific modes.

ROM monitor mode is a separate mode used when the Cisco IOS XE software cannot load properly. If a valid software image is not found when the software boots or if the configuration file is corrupted at startup, the software might enter ROM monitor mode.

Table 1-3 describes how to access and exit various common command modes of the Cisco IOS XE software. It also shows examples of the prompts displayed for each mode.

 

Table 1-3 Accessing and Exiting Command Modes

Command Mode
Access Method
Prompt
Exit Method

User EXEC

Log in.

Router>

Use the logout command.

Privileged EXEC

From user EXEC mode, use the enable EXEC command.

Router#

To return to user EXEC mode, use the disable command.

Global configuration

From privileged EXEC mode, use the configure terminal privileged EXEC command.

Router(config)#

To return to privileged EXEC mode from global configuration mode, use the exit or end command.

Interface configuration

From global configuration mode, specify an interface using an interface command.

Router(config-if)#

To return to global configuration mode, use the exit command.

To return to privileged EXEC mode, use the end command.

ROM monitor

From privileged EXEC mode, use the reload EXEC command. Press the Break key during the first 60 seconds while the system is booting.

>

To exit ROM monitor mode, use the continue command.

For more information on command modes, refer to the “Using the Command-Line Interface” chapter in the Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals Configuration Guide .

Getting Help

Entering a question mark ( ? ) at the CLI prompt displays a list of commands available for each command mode. You can also get a list of keywords and arguments associated with any command by using the context-sensitive help feature.

To get help specific to a command mode, a command, a keyword, or an argument, use one of the following commands, shown in Table 1-4 :

 

Table 1-4 Help Commands and Purpose

Command
Purpose
help

Provides a brief description of the help system in any command mode.

abbreviated-command-entry ?

Provides a list of commands that begin with a particular character string. (No space between command and question mark.)

abbreviated-command-entry < Tab >

Completes a partial command name.

?

Lists all commands available for a particular command mode.

command ?

Lists the keywords or arguments that you must enter next on the command line. (Space between command and question mark.)

Finding Command Options: An Example

This section provides an example of how to display syntax for a command. The syntax can consist of optional or required keywords and arguments. To display keywords and arguments for a command, enter a question mark ( ? ) at the configuration prompt or after entering part of a command followed by a space. The Cisco IOS XE software displays a list and brief description of available keywords and arguments. For example, if you were in global configuration mode and wanted to see all the keywords or arguments for the arap command, you would type arap ? .

The <cr> symbol in command help output stands for “carriage return”. On older keyboards, the carriage return key is the Return key. On most modern keyboards, the carriage return key is the Enter key. The <cr> symbol at the end of command help output indicates that you have the option to press Enter to complete the command and that the arguments and keywords in the list preceding the <cr> symbol are optional. The <cr> symbol by itself indicates that no more arguments or keywords are available and that you must press Enter to complete the command.

Table 1-5 shows examples of how you can use the question mark ( ? ) to assist you in entering commands.

 

Table 1-5 Finding Command Options

Command
Comment
Router> enable
Password: <password>
Router#

Enter the enable command and password to access privileged EXEC commands. You are in privileged EXEC mode when the prompt changes to a “ # ” from the “ > ”; for example, Router> to Router# .

Router# configure terminal
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Router(config)#

Enter the configure terminal privileged EXEC command to enter global configuration mode. You are in global configuration mode when the prompt changes to Router(config)# .

Router(config)# interface serial ?
<0-6> Serial interface number
Router(config)# interface serial 4 ?
/
Router(config)# interface serial 4/ ?
<0-3> Serial interface number
Router(config)# interface serial 4/0 ?
<cr>
Router(config)# interface serial 4/0
Router(config-if)#

Enter interface configuration mode by specifying the serial interface that you want to configure using the interface serial global configuration command.

Enter ? to display what you must enter next on the command line. In this example, you must enter the serial interface slot number and port number, separated by a forward slash.

When the <cr> symbol is displayed, you can press Enter to complete the command.

You are in interface configuration mode when the prompt changes to Router(config-if)# .

Router(config-if)# ?
Interface configuration commands:
ip Interface Internet Protocol config commands
keepalive Enable keepalive
lan-name LAN Name command
llc2 LLC2 Interface Subcommands
load-interval Specify interval for load calculation for an
interface
locaddr-priority Assign a priority group
logging Configure logging for interface
loopback Configure internal loopback on an interface
mac-address Manually set interface MAC address
mls mls router sub/interface commands
mpoa MPOA interface configuration commands
mtu Set the interface Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU)
netbios Use a defined NETBIOS access list or enable
name-caching
no Negate a command or set its defaults
nrzi-encoding Enable use of NRZI encoding
ntp Configure NTP
Router(config-if)#

Enter ? to display a list of all the interface configuration commands available for the serial interface. This example shows only some of the available interface configuration commands.

Router(config-if)# ip ?
Interface IP configuration subcommands:
access-group Specify access control for packets
accounting Enable IP accounting on this interface
address Set the IP address of an interface
authentication authentication subcommands
bandwidth-percent Set EIGRP bandwidth limit
broadcast-address Set the broadcast address of an interface
cgmp Enable/disable CGMP
directed-broadcast Enable forwarding of directed broadcasts
dvmrp DVMRP interface commands
hello-interval Configures IP-EIGRP hello interval
helper-address Specify a destination address for UDP broadcasts
hold-time Configures IP-EIGRP hold time
Router(config-if)# ip

Enter the command that you want to configure for the interface. This example uses the ip command.

Enter ? to display what you must enter next on the command line. This example shows only some of the available interface IP configuration commands.

Router(config-if)# ip address ?
A.B.C.D IP address
negotiated IP Address negotiated over PPP
Router(config-if)# ip address

Enter the command that you want to configure for the interface. This example uses the ip address command.

Enter ? to display what you must enter next on the command line. In this example, you must enter an IP address or the negotiated keyword.

A carriage return (<cr>) is not displayed; therefore, you must enter additional keywords or arguments to complete the command.

Router(config-if)# ip address 172.16.0.1 ?
A.B.C.D IP subnet mask
Router(config-if)# ip address 172.16.0.1

Enter the keyword or argument that you want to use. This example uses the 172.16.0.1 IP address.

Enter ? to display what you must enter next on the command line. In this example, you must enter an IP subnet mask.

A <cr> is not displayed; therefore, you must enter additional keywords or arguments to complete the command.

Router(config-if)# ip address 172.16.0.1 255.255.255.0 ?
secondary Make this IP address a secondary address
<cr>
Router(config-if)# ip address 172.16.0.1 255.255.255.0

Enter the IP subnet mask. This example uses the 255.255.255.0 IP subnet mask.

Enter ? to display what you must enter next on the command line. In this example, you can enter the secondary keyword, or you can press Enter .

A <cr> is displayed; you can press Enter to complete the command, or you can enter another keyword.

Router(config-if)# ip address 172.16.0.1 255.255.255.0
Router(config-if)#

In this example, Enter is pressed to complete the command.

Using the no and default Forms of Commands

Almost every configuration command has a no form. In general, use the no form to disable a function. Use the command without the no keyword to re-enable a disabled function or to enable a function that is disabled by default. For example, IP routing is enabled by default. To disable IP routing, use the no ip routing command; to re-enable IP routing, use the ip routing command. The Cisco IOS software command reference publications provide the complete syntax for the configuration commands and describe what the no form of a command does.

Many CLI commands also have a default form. By issuing the command default command-name , you can configure the command to its default setting. The Cisco IOS software command reference publications describe the function of the default form of the command when the default form performs a different function than the plain and no forms of the command. To see what default commands are available on your system, enter default ? in the appropriate command mode.

Saving Configuration Changes

Use the copy running-config startup-config command to save your configuration changes to the startup configuration so that the changes will not be lost if the software reloads or a power outage occurs. For example:

Router# copy running-config startup-config
Building configuration...
 

It might take a minute or two to save the configuration. After the configuration has been saved, the following output appears:

[OK]
Router#
 

On most platforms, this task saves the configuration to NVRAM. On the Class A Flash file system platforms, this task saves the configuration to the location specified by the CONFIG_FILE environment variable. The CONFIG_FILE variable defaults to NVRAM.

Filtering the Output of the show and more Commands

You can search and filter the output of show and more commands. This functionality is useful if you need to sort through large amounts of output or if you want to exclude output that you need not see.

To use this functionality, enter a show or more command followed by the “pipe” character ( | ); one of the keywords begin , include , or exclude ; and a regular expression on which you want to search or filter (the expression is case sensitive):

show command | { begin | include | exclude } regular-expression

The output matches certain lines of information in the configuration file. The following example illustrates how to use output modifiers with the show interface command when you want the output to include only lines in which the expression “protocol” appears:

Router# show interface | include protocol
 
FastEthernet0/0 is up, line protocol is up
Serial4/0 is up, line protocol is up
Serial4/1 is up, line protocol is up
Serial4/2 is administratively down, line protocol is down
Serial4/3 is administratively down, line protocol is down
 

For more information on the search and filter functionality, refer to the “Using the Command-Line Interface” chapter in the Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals Configuration Guide .

Finding Support Information for Platforms and Cisco Software Images

Cisco software is packaged in feature sets consisting of software images that support specific platforms. The feature sets available for a specific platform depend on which Cisco software images are included in a release. To identify the set of software images available in a specific release or to find out if a feature is available in a given Cisco IOS XE software image, you can use Cisco Feature Navigator or the software release notes.

Using the Cisco Feature Navigator

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco IOS software image support. Access Cisco Feature Navigator at http://tools.cisco.com/ITDIT/CFN/jsp/index.jsp . You must have an account on Cisco.com. If you do not have an account or have forgotten your username or password, click the appropriate button at the login dialog box and follow the instructions that appear.

Using the Software Advisor

To see if a feature is supported by a Cisco IOS release, to locate the software document for that feature, or to check the minimum software requirements of Cisco IOS software with the hardware installed on your router, Cisco maintains the Software Advisor tool on Cisco.com at:

http://tools.cisco.com/Support/Fusion/FusionHome.do

You must be a registered user on Cisco.com to access this tool.

Using Software Release Notes

Cisco IOS XE software releases include release notes that provide the following information:

  • Platform support information
  • Memory recommendations
  • New feature information
  • Open and resolved severity 1 and 2 caveats for all platforms

Release notes are intended to be release-specific for the most current release, and the information provided in these documents may not be cumulative in providing information about features that first appeared in previous releases. Refer to Cisco Feature Navigator for cumulative feature information.