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I am just starting out with Cisco and I was lucky enough to get my employer
to let me borrow two 2950 switches and a 2820 switch. I have no idea what I
need to do to get these things up and running. When I connect to the switch
it goes to the switch: prompt and I enter "?" and get the following:

switch: ?
           ? -- Present list of available commands
        boot -- Load and boot an executable image
         cat -- Concatenate (type) file(s)
        copy -- Copy a file
      delete -- Delete file(s)
         dir -- List files in directories
  flash_init -- Initialize flash filesystem(s)
      format -- Format a filesystem
        fsck -- Check filesystem consistency
        help -- Present list of available commands
 load_helper -- Load and initialize a helper image
      memory -- Present memory heap utilization information
       mkdir -- Create dir(s)
        more -- Concatenate (display) file(s)
      rename -- Rename a file
       reset -- Reset the system
       rmdir -- Delete empty dir(s)
         set -- Set or display environment variables
   set_param -- Set system parameters in flash
        trap -- Cause a software breakpoint to occur
        type -- Concatenate (type) file(s)
       unset -- Unset one or more environment variables
 -- MORE --
     version -- Display boot loader version
switch:

When I enter "dir" I get the following:
switch: dir

List of filesystems currently registered:

               flash[0]: (read-write)
              xmodem[1]: (read-only)
                null[2]: (read-write)
                  bs[3]: (read-only)

switch:

can anyone tell me what I need to do next (other than read as many books as
possible, which I'm doing as well)


Thanks,
Matt




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http://www.cisco.com/univercd is what you are looking for. Also go through
the TAC recommendations and practice them on your switches.
http://www.cisco.com/tac

Welcome :-)
--
Leonid S. Knyshov, CEO
Crashproof Solutions, LLC - http://www.crashproofsolutions.com
MCP Exchange 2003/Small Business Server 2003, CCNA, SCSA 8
Microsoft Small Business Specialist Partner/Cisco Partner




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From what you are describing, you next need to type "enable" but all
that is going to do is give you another command prompt.  The CLI is
not going to help you at all, you have to already know what you want
to do, and how to do it.

I would suggest cracking open one of those books...

Rob.


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No,

He needs a "boot" of some sort, before an enable. And wasn't there a
CatOS version of the 2820? So there may not even be an enable.

 Is this an old Catalyst 2820 switch, or a new Cisco 2821 ISR router?
If its a switch, put it to one side and don't bother with it too much.
Spend your time on the 2950s as they're current. If its a router. Lucky
boy. Fun to play with.

Some more direct links:

Cat 2820s:
http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/lan/28201900/
http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/lan/cat2800/index.htm

What do you actually want to achieve with these toys? What non-cisco
experience to you have?


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I have about 10 years IT experience, MS server/desktop support. I also have
Server+ and Network+ certs. Right now I'd just like to get these up and
running to use on my lab network.


Thanks,
Mat


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can anyone tell me what this is saying?


C2950 Boot Loader (C2950-HBOOT-M) Version 12.1(6)EA2c, RELEASE SOFTWARE
(fc1)
Compiled Thu 28-Feb-02 14:59 by antonino
WS-C2950-24 starting...
WS-C2950-24 starting...
Xmodem file system is available.
Initializing Flash...
flashfs[0]: 2 files, 1 directories
flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories
flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 7741440
flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 2776576
flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 4964864
flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 6 seconds.
...done initializing flash.
Boot Sector Filesystem (bs:) installed, fsid: 3
Parameter Block Filesystem (pb:) installed, fsid: 4
Loading "c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-12c.EA1.bin"...c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-12c.EA1.bin:
per
mission denied

Error loading "c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-12c.EA1.bin"

Interrupt within 5 seconds to abort boot process.
Boot process failed...

The system is unable to boot automatically.  The BOOT
environment variable needs to be set to a bootable
image.

switch:





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Why would I get a "permission denied" error on this?

switch: boot c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-6.EA2.bin
Loading "c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-6.EA2.bin"...c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-6.EA2.bin:
permiss
ion denied

Error loading "c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-6.EA2.bin"

Interrupt within 5 seconds to abort boot process.
Boot process failed...
switch: dir

List of filesystems currently registered:

               flash[0]: (read-write)
              xmodem[1]: (read-only)
                null[2]: (read-write)
                  bs[3]: (read-only)

switch:
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"c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-12c.EA1.bin"...c2950-i6q4l2-mz.121-12c.EA1.bin:
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the 'set' command will show you some environment variables,
BOOT being one of them.

i think that the ios-image is either missing or of
a different filename.

try a 'dir flash:' to find out what image is available
and use a 'set' command to point the bootvariable to the
hopefully existing ios.

finish this by issuing the 'set_param' command to make
the change permanent. if the flash is empty, go ahead
and check

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/473/corrupt_or_missing_image.html

and upload the image via xmodem.

cheers


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