The ASA CLI includes command modes. Some commands can only be entered in certain modes. For example, to enter commands that
show sensitive information, you need to enter a password and enter a more privileged mode. Then, to ensure that configuration
changes are not entered accidentally, you have to enter a configuration mode. All lower commands can be entered in higher
modes, for example, you can enter a privileged EXEC command in global configuration mode.
The various types of prompts are all default prompts and when configured, they can be different.
When printing the prompt string, the prompt configuration is parsed and the configured keyword values are printed in the order
in which you have set the prompt command. The keyword arguments can be any of the following and in any order: hostname, domain,
context, priority, state.
asa(config)# prompt hostname context priority state
The prompt changes depending on the access mode:
User EXEC mode lets you see minimum ASA settings. The user EXEC mode prompt appears as follows when you first access the ASA:
Privileged EXEC mode lets you see all current settings up to your privilege level. Any user EXEC mode command will work in
privileged EXEC mode. Enter the enable command in user EXEC mode, which requires a password, to start privileged EXEC mode. The prompt includes the number sign
Global configuration mode lets you change the ASA configuration. All user EXEC, privileged EXEC, and global configuration
commands are available in this mode. Enter the configure terminal command in privileged EXEC mode to start global configuration mode. The prompt changes to the following:
From global configuration mode, some commands enter a command-specific configuration mode. All user EXEC, privileged EXEC,
global configuration, and command-specific configuration commands are available in this mode. For example, the interface command enters interface configuration mode. The prompt changes to the following: