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Difference between console port and dedicated management port

Clay Plaga
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Can someone explain what the difference is between the console port and the dedicated management port(fa0) , on a Cisco 2960s switch.

Thank You.

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Leo Laohoo
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Console port:  Requires a dedicated console cable.  This means you have to have physical access to the appliance. 

 

Management Port:  Remote access only.  You can't run normal data traffic on this.  

Thank You for the information, I think I understand it now. The console port is for out of band management & configuration. The dedicated management port is for remote out of band management & configuration.

I have a Cisco 2960s switch that I did the basic configuration on. The administrative IP address & subnet mask is configured on vlan 1, gi1/0/1. I also have it configured for SSH remote login, and it's is working. I have to move the management connection to the dedicated management port(fa0). Do I have to put the management port on a vlan to assign an administrative ip address?  How do I configure the dedicated management with an IP address, subnet mask & default gateway? I have never done this before.

Thank You very much.

Leo Laohoo
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Thank You for the information, I think I understand it now. The console port is for out of band management & configuration. The dedicated management port is for remote out of band management & configuration.

Console port is NOT an "out of band management" or OoBM because you can't assign an IP address on it (unless you've got a console server).  This means you can't telnet/SSH into a console port.  Console port is an "up close and personal" port:  You need to have physical access to the appliance in order to use the console port. 

 

Management port is an OoBM port.