Cisco 3500 Switch How to configure

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I've been given a Cisco 3500 XL Switch. Question is what can i do with it? I was hoping to split the ports into VLAN's for a start preparing for CCNA exams. Up to now I've mainly done book work. I want to get my 'hands dirty'. Is this a manageble switch ...? - i dont know. I've tried Consoling into it..using 'PUTTY' . 'sh and en (show and enable )doesnt work' . config so far: I've been given a Cisco 3500 XL config. Question is what ca i do with it? I was hoping to split the ports into VLAN's for a start preparing for CCNA exams. Up to now I've mainly done book work. I want to get my 'hands dirty'. Is this a manageble swicth ...? - i dont know. I've tried Consoling into it..using 'PUTTY' . 'sh and en (show and enable )doesnt work' . Do i need to install a new IOS? All help appreciated.. Do i need to install a new IOS? All help appreciated..

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Cisco Switch 3500 Catalyst XL: Series
ASKED: March 9, 2010  6:29 PM
UPDATED: April 2, 2014  9:58 PM

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Switches are 2 types, manageable & unmanageable.In manageable switch,switch is assigned with IP address and is more reliable.Coming to unmanageable switch no IP is assigned and life time is low compared to manageable switch.In manageable switches you can create VLANS,but this is not possible in unmanageable switches.

Examples of manageable switches are Cisco 2950,2960,3550&3750 and so on………

Examples of unmanageable switches are D-link switches with 8 ports&12 ports.

You can login to switch through hyperterminal by connecting a console cable to console port of a switch instead of Putty.Putty is a software used in many corporates,definitely show and enable command works,I think you might had given a enable password to enter into a privileged level of a switch,if you had forgot a enable password,break the password of a switch and try……….

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  • Pelvicthrust
    somewhere it told me to input.. ...the flash_init command. so i did switch: flash_init Initializing Flash... flashfs[0]: 143 files, 4 directories flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 3612672 flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 2729472 flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 883200 flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 86 seconds ....done Initializing Flash. Boot Sector Filesystem (bs:) installed, fsid: 3 Parameter Block Filesystem (pb:) installed, fsid: 4 This is the same via Putty or Hyptertrm.
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  • Pelvicthrust
    ...then... instead of switch: ...a strange squiggle sign..and then hangs.. so restarted... this time switch:load_helper switch dir_flash unable to stat/flash : permission denied ...
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  • RGunther
    The commands you are entering looks like the ones you would do at the rommon screen to do a password recovery or something else. The switch seems to boot up correctly since you are getting the "switch:" prompt. Can you show us what happens when you type "enable"? Does it give you an error or anything? Your prompt should change to "switch#" to configure your switch. Ryan Gunther www.onlinetech.com
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  • Pelvicthrust
    Thanks for your replay.... No, it doesnt go to switch# ..as i know it should... ill check the error message and get back if thats ok... regards
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  • Pelvicthrust
    ..............." unknown cmd" - 'enable' then switch: (note colon not :/ like i would expect..or switch#.
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  • Pelvicthrust
    So if its at the 'rommon' screen .....what can i do next?
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  • Pelvicthrust
    rightio, by hook or by crook I'ved/loaded a file for my switch from Cisco.... It is in the form of something called .tar file. Which hopefully I've extracted correctly to a .bin file (?). Now I'd appreciate help in 'flashing' it to the switch from my laptop.? regards
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