Students will work in pairs. Packet Tracer is required for this activity.
Assume that a new colleague has asked you for an orientation to the Cisco IOS CLI. This colleague has never worked with Cisco devices before.
You explain the basic CLI commands and structure, because you want your colleague to understand that the CLI is a simple, yet powerful, command language that can be easily understood and navigated.
Use Packet Tracer and one of the activities available in this chapter as a simple network model (for example, Lab Activity 126.96.36.199 LAB – Configuring a Switch Management Address).
Focus on these areas:
- While the commands are technical, do they resemble any statements from plain English?
- How is the set of commands organized into subgroups or modes? How does an administrator know which mode he or she is currently using?
- What are the individual commands to configure the basic settings of a Cisco device? How would you explain this command in simple terms? Use parallels to real life whenever appropriate.
Suggest how to group different commands together according to their modes so that a minimum number of moves between modes will be needed.