Catalyst 2950 Desktop Switch Software Configuration Guide, 12.0(5.2)WC(1)
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Preface

Table Of Contents

Preface

Audience and Scope

Organization

Conventions

Related Publications

Notes, Tips, and Cautions

Obtaining Documentation

World Wide Web

Documentation CD-ROM

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco.com

Technical Assistance Center

Contacting TAC by Using the Cisco TAC Website

Contacting TAC by Telephone


Preface


The Catalyst 2950 Desktop Switch Software Configuration Guide describes how to configure Catalyst 2950 switches by using the command-line interface (CLI) and web-based applications. This manual refers to these switches as the Catalyst 2950 switches, or generically, as the switch.

Audience and Scope

This guide is for the network manager responsible for configuring Catalyst 2950 switches. We assume that you are familiar with the concepts and terminology of Ethernet and local area networking.

The scope of this guide is to provide the information you need to change the configuration of a switch, create and manage clusters of switches, and troubleshoot problems that might arise.

Organization

This guide is organized into the following chapters:

Chapter 1, "Overview," is a functional overview of the switch software. It describes Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)WC(1) features and lists the switches that support the release. Examples show how you could deploy the switches.

Chapter 2, "Using the Management Interfaces," describes how to use the different management interfaces.

Chapter 3, "Creating and Managing Clusters," describes how to use the Cluster Management Suite (CMS) and the command-line interface (CLI) to plan and create clusters of switches. The management activities described in this chapter operate on clusters of switches.

Chapter 4, "Managing Switches," describes how to use the web-based interfaces and the CLI to configure and monitor switches. The how-to information for using the web pages in this chapter is in the online help.

Chapter 5, "Creating and Maintaining VLANs," describes how to configure VLANs in different network settings. You can configure VLANs on a single switch, by using trunk ports between switches, and by dynamically assigning VLAN membership.

Chapter 6, "Creating Performance Graphs and Link Reports," describes how to use the CMS to generate performance graphs and link reports.

Chapter 7, "Troubleshooting," describes how to identify and resolve some of the problems that might arise when you are configuring a switch running this software release.

Appendix A, "System Error Messages," describes the IOS system error messages for the Catalyst 2950 switches.

Conventions

This publication uses the following conventions to convey instructions and information:

Command descriptions use these conventions:

Commands and keywords are in boldface text.

Arguments for which you supply values are in italic.

Square brackets ([ ]) indicate optional elements.

Braces ({ }) group required choices, and vertical bars ( | ) separate the alternative elements.

Braces and vertical bars within square brackets ([{ | }]) indicate a required choice within an optional element.

Interactive examples use these conventions:

Terminal sessions and system displays are in screen font.

Information you enter is in boldface screen font.

Nonprinting characters, such as passwords or tabs, are in angle brackets (< >).

Related Publications

You can order printed copies of documents with a DOC-xxxxxx= number. For more information, see the "Obtaining Documentation" section.

The following publications provide more information about the switches:

Cisco Catalyst 2950 Desktop Switch Documentation CD

This CD is shipped with the switch and contains the following documents:

This Cisco IOS Desktop Switching Software Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)WC(1) (order number DOC-7811380=)

Catalyst 2950 Desktop Switch Command Reference, Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)WC(1) (order number DOC-7811381=)

Catalyst 2950 Desktop Switch Hardware Installation Guide (order number DOC-7811157=)

Release Notes for the Catalyst 2950 Cisco IOS Release 12.0(5)WC(1)

Notes, Tips, and Cautions

Notes and cautions use the following conventions and symbols:


Note Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or references to materials not contained in this manual.



Tips Means the following will help you solve a problem. The tips information might not be troubleshooting or even an action, but could be useful information.



Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

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