In order to have
access to all commands, you must enter privileged EXEC mode, which is the
second level of access for the EXEC mode. Normally, you must enter a password
to enter privileged EXEC mode. In privileged EXEC mode, you can enter any EXEC
command, because privileged EXEC mode is a superset of the user EXEC mode
privileged EXEC mode commands set operating parameters, privileged EXEC level
access should be password protected to prevent unauthorized use. The privileged
EXEC command set includes those commands contained in user EXEC mode.
Privileged EXEC mode also provides access to configuration modes through the
configurecommand, and includes advanced testing
commands, such as
Privileged EXEC mode
is set by default to privilege level 15. User EXEC mode is set by default to
privilege level 1. For more information see the
User EXEC Mode.
By default the EXEC commands at privilege level 15 are a superset of those
available at privilege level 1. You can move commands to any privilege level
between 1 and 15 using the
command. See the
Cisco IOS Privilege Levels
for more information on privilege levels and the
The privileged EXEC
mode prompt consists of the hostname of the device followed by a pound sign
(#), for example, Device#.
To access privileged
EXEC mode, use the
If a privileged EXEC mode password has been configured the system will prompt
you for a password after you issue the
exit command to
leave privileged EXEC mode.
mode is sometimes referred to as “enable mode,” because the
is used to enter the mode.
If a password has
been configured on the system, you will be prompted to enter it before being
allowed access to privileged EXEC mode. The password is not displayed on the
screen and is case-sensitive. If an enable password has not been set,
privileged EXEC mode can be accessed only by a local CLI session (terminal
connected to the console port).
If you attempt to
access privileged EXEC mode on a device over a remote connection, such as
aTelnet connection, and you have not configured a password for privileged EXEC
mode, you will see the
set error message. For more information on remote
connections see the
Remote CLI Sessions.
The system administrator uses the
passwordglobal configuration command to set the
password that restricts access to privileged EXEC mode. For information on
configuring a password for privileged EXEC mode, see the
Protecting Access to Privileged EXEC Mode.
To return to user
EXEC mode, use the
Note that the
password will not be displayed as you type, but is shown here for
illustrational purposes. To list the commands available in privileged EXEC
mode, issue question mark (?) at the
prompt. From privileged EXEC mode you can access global configuration mode,
which is described in the following section.
privileged EXEC command set contains all of the commands available in user EXEC
mode, some commands can be entered in either mode. In Cisco IOS documentation,
commands that can be entered in either user EXEC mode or privileged EXEC mode
are referred to as EXEC mode commands. If user or privileged is not specified
in the documentation, assume that you can enter the referenced commands in