Catalyst 3560 Switch Software Configuration Guide, Release 12.2(55)SE
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This guide is for the networking professional managing the Catalyst 3560 switch, hereafter referred to as the switch. Before using this guide, you should have experience working with the Cisco IOS software and be familiar with the concepts and terminology of Ethernet and local area networking.


The Catalyst 3560 switch is supported by either the IP base image or the IP services image. The IP base image provides Layer 2+ features including access control lists (ACLs), quality of service (QoS), static routing, EIGRP stub routing, and the Routing Information IP services image provides a richer set of enterprise-class features. It includes Layer 2+ features and full Layer 3 routing (IP unicast routing, IP multicast routing, and fallback bridging). To distinguish it from the Layer 2+ static routing and RIP, the IP services image includes protocols such as the Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol.

This guide provides procedures for using the commands that have been created or changed for use with the switch. It does not provide detailed information about these commands. For detailed information about these commands, see the Catalyst 3560 Switch Command Reference for this release. For information about the standard Cisco IOS Release 12.2 commands, see the Cisco IOS documentation set available from the home page at Documentation > Cisco IOS Software.

This guide does not provide detailed information on the graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for the embedded device manager or for Cisco Network Assistant (hereafter referred to as Network Assistant) that you can use to manage the switch. However, the concepts in this guide are applicable to the GUI user. For information about the device manager, see the switch online help. For information about Network Assistant, see Getting Started with Cisco Network Assistant, available on

This guide does not describe system messages you might encounter or how to install your switch. For more information, see the Catalyst 3560 Switch System Message Guide for this release and the Catalyst 3560 Switch Hardware Installation Guide.

For documentation updates, see the release notes for this release.


This publication uses these 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 ([ ]) mean optional elements.

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

Braces and vertical bars within square brackets ([{ | }]) mean 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 (< >).

Notes, cautions, and timesavers use these conventions and symbols:

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

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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These documents provide complete information about the switch and are available from this site:

Note Before installing, configuring, or upgrading the switch, see these documents:

For initial configuration information, see the "Using Express Setup" section in the getting started guide or the "Configuring the Switch with the CLI-Based Setup Program" appendix in the hardware installation guide.

For device manager requirements, see the "System Requirements" section in the release notes (not orderable but available on

For Network Assistant requirements, see the Getting Started with Cisco Network Assistant (not orderable but available on

For cluster requirements, see the Release Notes for Cisco Network Assistant (not orderable but available on

For upgrading information, see the "Downloading Software" section in the release notes.

See these documents for other information about the switch:

Release Notes for the Catalyst 3750, 3560, 2975, and 2960 Switches

Catalyst 3750, 3560, 3550, 2975, 2975, 2970, and 2960 and 2960-S Switch System Message Guide

Catalyst 3560 Switch Software Configuration Guide

Catalyst 3560 Switch Command Reference

Device manager online help (available on the switch)

Catalyst 3560 Switch Hardware Installation Guide

Catalyst 3560 Switch Getting Started Guide

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Catalyst 3560 Switch

Auto Smartports Configuration Guide

Cisco EnergyWise Configuration Guide

Getting Started with Cisco Network Assistant

Release Notes for Cisco Network Assistant

Cisco CWDM GBIC and CWDM SFP Installation Note

Cisco RPS 300 Redundant Power System Hardware Installation Guide

Cisco RPS 675 Redundant Power System Hardware Installation Guide

Cisco Redundant Power System 2300 Hardware Installation Guide

For information about the Network Admission Control (NAC) features, see the Network Admission Control Software Configuration Guide

Information about Cisco SFP, SFP+, and GBIC modules is available from this site:

SFP compatibility matrix documents are available from this site:

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