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Cisco IOS Cheat Sheet

By Erik Rodriguez

These commands are used on all Cisco devices running the Cisco IOS. If you are unfamiliar with Cisco devices please see: Routers, Using the Cisco IOS.




·  Config# terminal editing - allows for enhanced editing commands

·  Config# terminal monitor - shows output on telnet session

·  Config# terminal ip netmask-format hexadecimal|bit-count|decimal - changes the format of subnet masks


·  Config# hostname ROUTER_NAME


·  Config# banner motd # TYPE MESSAGE HERE # - # can be substituted for any character, must start and finish the message


·  Config# description THIS IS THE SOUTH ROUTER - can be entered at the Config-if level


·  Config# clock timezone Central -6
# clock set hh:mm:ss dd month yyyy
- Example: clock set 14:35:00 25 August 2003


·  Config# config-register 0x2100 - ROM Monitor Mode

·  Config# config-register 0x2101 - ROM boot

·  Config# config-register 0x2102 - Boot from NVRAM


·  Config# boot system tftp FILENAME SERVER_IP - Example: boot system tftp 2600_ios.bin

·  Config# boot system ROM

·  Config# boot system flash - Then - Config# reload


·  Config# cdp run - Turns CDP on

·  Config# cdp holdtime 180 - Sets the time that a device remains. Default is 180

·  Config# cdp timer 30 - Sets the update timer.The default is 60

·  Config# int Ethernet 0

·  Config-if# cdp enable - Enables cdp on the interface

·  Config-if# no cdp enable - Disables CDP on the interface

·  Config# no cdp run - Turns CDP off


·  Config# ip host ROUTER_NAME INT_Address - Example: ip host lab-a

·  Config# ip host RTR_NAME INT_ADD1 INT_ADD2 INT_ADD3 - Example: ip host lab-a - (for e0, s0, s1)


·  Config# ip domain-lookup - Tell router to lookup domain names

·  Config# ip name-server - Location of DNS server

·  Config# ip domain-name cisco.com - Domain to append to end of names


·  # clear interface Ethernet 0 - Clears counters on the specified interface

·  # clear counters - Clears all interface counters

·  # clear cdp counters - Clears CDP counters

·  Config# ip route Net_Add SN_Mask Next_Hop_Add - Example: ip route

·  Config# ip route Next_Hop_Add - Default route

·  Config# ip default-network Net_Add - Gateway LAN network


·  Config# ip routing - Enabled by default

·  Config# router rip

·  Config# router igrp 100

·  Config# interface Ethernet 0

·  Config-if# ip address

·  Config-if# no shutdown


·  Config# ipx routing

·  Config# interface Ethernet 0

·  Config# ipx maximum-paths 2 - Maximum equal metric paths used

·  Config-if# ipx network 222 encapsulation sap - Also Novell-Ether, SNAP, ARPA on Ethernet. Encapsulation HDLC on serial

·  Config-if# no shutdown

IP Standard


IP Extended


IPX Standard


IPX Extended


IPX SAP Filters



·  Config# access-list 10 permit - allow all src ip’s on network

·  Config# access-list 10 permit host - specifies a specific host

·  Config# access-list 10 permit any - allows any address

·  Config# int Ethernet 0

·  Config-if# ip access-group 10 in - also available: out


·  Config# access-list 101 permit tcp eq telnet
    -protocols: tcp, udp, icmp, ip (no sockets then), among others
    -source then destination address
    -eq, gt, lt for comparison
    -sockets can be numeric or name (23 or telnet, 21 or ftp, etc)

·  Config# access-list 101 deny tcp any host eq www

·  Config# access-list 101 permit ip any any

·  Config# interface Ethernet 0

·  Config-if# ip access-group 101 out


·  Config# access-list 801 permit 233 AA3 - source network/host then destination network/host

·  Config# access-list 801 permit -1 -1 - “-1” is the same as “any” with network/host addresses

·  Config# interface Ethernet 0

·  Config-if# ipx access-group 801 out


·  Config# access-list 901 permit sap 4AA all 4BB all
    - Permit protocol src_add socket dest_add socket
    -“all” includes all sockets, or can use socket numbers

·  Config# access-list 901 permit any any all any all
    -Permits any protocol with any address on any socket to go anywhere

·  Config# interface Ethernet 0

·  Config-if# ipx access-group 901 in


·  Config# access-list 1000 permit 4aa 3 - “3” is the service type

·  Config# access-list 1000 permit 4aa 0 - service type of “0” matches all services

·  Config# interface Ethernet 0

·  Config-if# ipx input-sap-filter 1000 - filter applied to incoming packets

·  Config-if# ipx output-sap-filter 1000 - filter applied to outgoing packets


·  Config# ip access-list standard LISTNAME
    -can be ip or ipx, standard or extended
    -followed by the permit or deny list

·  Config# permit any

·  Config-if# ip access-group LISTNAME in
    -use the list name instead of a list number
    -allows for a larger amount of access-lists


·  Config-if# encapsulation ppp

·  Config-if# ppp authentication chap pap
    -order in which they will be used
    -only attempted with the authentification listed
    -if one fails, then connection is terminated

·  Config-if# exit

·  Config# username Lab-b password 123456
    -username is the router that will be connecting to this one
    -only specified routers can connect

·  Config-if# ppp chap hostname ROUTER

·  Config-if# ppp chap password 123456
    -if this is set on all routers, then any of them can connect to any other
    -set same on all for easy configuration


·  Config# isdn switch-type basic-5ess - determined by telecom

·  Config# interface serial 0

·  Config-if# isdn spid1 2705554564 - isdn “phonenumber” of line 1

·  Config-if# isdn spid2 2705554565 - isdn “phonenumber” of line 2

·  Config-if# encapsulation PPP - or HDLC, LAPD

DDR - 4 Steps to setting up ISDN with DDR

  1. Configure switch type
    Config# isdn switch-type basic-5ess - can be done at interface config
  2. Configure static routes
    Config# ip route - sends traffic destined for to
    Config# ip route bri0 - specifies how to get to network (through bri0)
  3. Configure Interface
    Config-if# ip address
    Config-if# no shutdown
    Config-if# encapsulation ppp
    Config-if# dialer-group 1 - applies dialer-list to this interface
    Config-if# dialer map ip name Lab-b 5551212
        connect to lab-b at 5551212 with ip if there is interesting traffic
        can also use “dialer string 5551212” instead if there is only one router to connect to
  4. Specify interesting traffic
    Config# dialer-list 1 ip permit any
    Config# dialer-list 1 ip list 101 - use the access-list 101 as the dialer list
  5. Other Options
    Config-if# hold-queue 75 - queue 75 packets before dialing
    Config-if# dialer load-threshold 125 either
        -load needed before second line is brought up
        -“125” is any number 1-255, where % load is x/255 (ie 125/255 is about 50%)
        -can check by in, out, or either
    Config-if# dialer idle-timeout 180
        -determines how long to stay idle before terminating the session
        -default is 120


·  Config# interface serial 0

·  Config-if# encapsulation frame-relay - cisco by default, can change to ietf

·  Config-if# frame-relay lmi-type cisco - cisco by default, also ansi, q933a

·  Config-if# bandwidth 56

·  Config-if# interface serial 0.100 point-to-point - subinterface

·  Config-if# ip address

·  Config-if# frame-relay interface-dlci 100
    -maps the dlci to the interface
    -can add BROADCAST and/or IETF at the end

·  Config-if# interface serial 1.100 multipoint

·  Config-if# no inverse-arp - turns IARP off; good to do

·  Config-if# frame-relay map ip 48 ietf broadcast
    -maps an IP to a dlci (48 in this case)
    -required if IARP is turned off
    -ietf and broadcast are optional

·  Config-if# frame-relay map ip 54 broadcast



·  Show access-lists - all access lists on the router

·  Show cdp - cdp timer and holdtime frequency

·  Show cdp entry * - same as next

·  Show cdp neighbors detail - details of neighbor with ip add and ios version

·  Show cdp neighbors - id, local interface, holdtime, capability, platform portid

·  Show cdp interface - int’s running cdp and their encapsulation

·  Show cdp traffic - cdp packets sent and received

·  Show controllers serial 0 - DTE or DCE status

·  Show dialer - number of times dialer string has been reached, other stats

·  Show flash - files in flash

·  Show frame-relay lmi - lmi stats

·  Show frame-relay map - static and dynamic maps for PVC’s

·  Show frame-relay pvc - pvc’s and dlci’s

·  Show history - commands entered

·  Show hosts - contents of host table

·  Show int f0/26 - stats of f0/26

·  Show interface Ethernet 0 - show stats of Ethernet 0

·  Show ip - ip config of switch

·  Show ip access-lists - ip access-lists on switch

·  Show ip interface - ip config of interface

·  Show ip protocols - routing protocols and timers

·  Show ip route - Displays IP routing table

·  Show ipx access-lists - same, only ipx

·  Show ipx interfaces - RIP and SAP info being sent and received, IPX addresses

·  Show ipx route - ipx routes in the table

·  Show ipx servers - SAP table

·  Show ipx traffic - RIP and SAP info

·  Show isdn active - number with active status

·  Show isdn status - shows if SPIDs are valid, if connected

·  Show mac-address-table - contents of the dynamic table

·  Show protocols - routed protocols and net_addresses of interfaces

·  Show running-config - dram config file

·  Show sessions - connections via telnet to remote device

·  Show startup-config - nvram config file

·  Show terminal - shows history size

·  Show trunk a/b - trunk stat of port 26/27

·  Show version - ios info, uptime, address of switch

·  Show vlan - all configured vlan’s

·  Show vlan-membership - vlan assignments

·  Show vtp - vtp configs

For Native IOS - Not CatOS


·  Config# ip address

·  Config# ip default-gateway


·  Config# interface Ethernet 0/5 - “fastethernet” for 100 Mbps ports

·  Config-if# duplex full - also, half | auto | full-flow-control


·  Config# switching-mode store-and-forward - also, fragment-free


·  Config# mac-address-table permanent aaab.000f.ffef e0/2 - only this mac will work on this port

·  Config# mac-address-table restricted static aaab.000f.ffef e0/2 e0/3
    -port 3 can only send data out port 2 with that mac
    -very restrictive security

·  Config-if# port secure max-mac-count 5 - allows only 5 mac addresses mapped to this port


·  Config# vlan 10 name FINANCE

·  Config# interface Ethernet 0/3

·  Config-if# vlan-membership static 10


·  Config-if# trunk on - also, off | auto | desirable | nonegotiate

·  Config-if# no trunk-vlan 2
    -removes vlan 2 from the trunk port
    -by default, all vlans are set on a trunk port


·  Config# delete vtp - should be done prior to adding to a network

·  Config# vtp server - the default is server, also client and transparent

·  Config# vtp domain Camp - name doesn’t matter, just so all switches use the same

·  Config# vtp password 1234 - limited security

·  Config# vtp pruning enable - limits vtp broadcasts to only switches affected

·  Config# vtp pruning disable


·  Config# copy tftp:// opcode - “opcode” for ios upgrade, “nvram” for startup config


·  Config# delete nvram

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